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Kaiser Family Foundation Survey Findings Affirm Results of State Reform Efforts to Date and Consumer Advocates’ Legislative Focus Two Years into Affordable Care Act

Findings from a recent Kaiser Family Foundation survey of low and moderate income California residents, released yesterday, suggest the state is generally on the right track in ACA implementation, specifically in its choice to build a robust “active purchaser” exchange and to target communities with the largest coverage gaps. Those and other priorities of Covered […]

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Key Health Consumer Bills Move to Floor NEXT WEEK

California Legislative Appropriations Committees just voted to pass key legislation, including SB4 #Health4All (Lara) to expand coverage regardless of immigration status and several patient protection bills limiting out-of-pocket costs. Though some bills were amended in today’s suspense hearings (details below), all will advance to floor votes next week. To advance this year, all bills must […]

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Covered California Board Meeting – May 21, 2015

The highlight of today’s Covered California Board meeting was a discussion on the proposal to place a monthly cost cap on specialty drugs, a goal for consumer advocates. Today’s proposal came out of a Covered California Specialty Drug Workgroup process, which Health Access, Consumers Union and other consumer advocates participated in. The Board had previously voted […]

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Legislative Re-Cap: After the First Deadline…

Last Friday was the deadline for all policy committees in the California legislature to hear and report on all bills with fiscal implications–and the good news is that many key bills of interest to health care consumers have passed their first critical hearing. While some bills stalled (including almost all of those Health Access opposed but […]

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Consumer Protection Bills Move Forward, Mixed News on Transparency

Good news (mostly) for California’s health care consumers and for efforts to improve on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) out of the California Assembly Committee on Health yesterday. The Committee passed two bills designed to extend cost sharing protections to consumers in circumstances not addressed by the ACA. AB339 (Gordon), a Health Access-sponsored bill, protects […]

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Health Committees Vote….

This week we had key policy committee hearings, in advance of the end-of-the-month deadlines to pass bills. Yesterday, in the California Assembly Health Committee, numerous key bills advanced. Surprise Bills: Our sponsored legislation, AB533(Bonta) passed on a 17-0 vote, to prevent consumers from getting out-of-network bills when going to a in-network hospital or facility. Even […]

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