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Governor’s Budget May Revision Continues Health Reform Progress and Also Recession-Era Cuts to Health Care

On Friday, Governor Jerry Brown released the May Revision to his proposed 2016-17 State Budget, which continues California’s commitments on health care and health reform. It also maintains many of the cuts made to health and human services during the recession and does not make additional investments needed to reduce barriers to coverage, increase access […]

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Increasing the Minimum Wage Is Good for Our Health!

Today the California legislature is taking historic votes to raise the state’s minimum wage to $15, phased in over the next few years. While the economic benefits of providing workers with more income are clear, increasing the minimum wage also has positive health effects. Increasing the minimum wage improves low income workers’ health by increasing […]

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Good news on FMAP..

Many people celebrated today because of the judicial decision on Prop 8, others were relieved about the announcement that the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico seems fully contained. President Obama had his birthday. But the celebration today for those immersed in health care, and in state budget issues, was the U.S. Senate vote […]

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The economy and the new health law…

In Los Angeles, Zocalo Public Square is hosting a convening on, What Health Reform Means for the Economy. I’m one of the five doctors, advocates and academics who have wrote short pieces about health reform for their website (see below). And this Thursday, Zócalo invites the California HealthCare Foundation’s Marian Mulkey, Jan Spencley of San […]

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Tough to argue with 100 economists….

The cyclical, seemingly never-ending state budget grind has Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger stuck in a rut, still swinging away with an ax at the safety net — a solution no longer fitting for these grim times. That’s the basic message that comes through from a report released Tuesday by the California Budget Project. California has lost […]

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Uninsured ranks swell as Congress works…

Our need for health care coverage that doesn’t vanish when the jobs vanish becomes ever clearer each month, as the number of newly unemployed piles up. Given the mounting jobless toll – and subsequent swelling of the uninsured population — it’s a wonder that debate lives on over whether reform is needed. Surely, by now […]

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Are we blind to the impacts of health cuts?

Here’s a new video about the California budget and the impacts of the health care cuts from the centrist New America Foundation–with whom we don’t agree on everything, but they work to be thoughtful. With colorful pie charts and some suggestive accompanying music, they make the point that a single-minded focus on the budget leads […]

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From an economic view, the budget choice is clear…

HEALTH ACCESS UPDATEFriday, June 19th, 2009 NEW REPORT UNVEILS ECONOMIC IMPACTSOF PROPOSED HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICE CUTS * Over 600,000 Jobs Lost Under the Governor’s Proposal; A Decline of 2.2% of GDP* Conference Committee Report Significantly Reduces Impact, But Still 220,000 Jobs Lost* Report Shows Health & Human Service Cuts Have Dramatically Worse Impact Than […]

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Putting the stimulus to work

Making health care coverage more affordable for Californians who are laid off from their jobs is certainly a priority. And so, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed legislation that does just that for former employees of small businesses. The bill, AB 23, uses federal stimulus funds to subsidize 65 percent of the cost of Cal-COBRA coverage […]

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New year, new bills!

HEALTH ACCESS CALIFORNIA ALERTThursday, March 26th, 2009 NEW BILL LIST; URGENCY LEGISLATION TO GET FEDERAL FUNDING ADVANCES* Bill to Suspend Additional Paperwork Burdens on Children Passes Senate* Bill Passes Assembly Health Committee to Expand Ability to Use New COBRA Subsidy* List of Bills of Interest to Health Consumer Advocates BELOW ALERT: Click here and call […]

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