Archive | Gov. Brown

California’s Promise…

Governor Jerry Brown had a long discussion with Chuck Todd on Meet the Press on Thursday, and in the extended interview online (below), the first topic was the impending vote on the health care bill. It was great to hear his critique of the American Health Care Act–pointedly not just making the fiscal argument of […]

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Governor Brown to Decide if Consumers will be Notified of Unreasonable Premium Rate Increases

Even though state regulators review health insurance rates and unjustified rates are often retracted, some insurers go ahead and charge the unreasonable rate with no notice to consumers. SB 908 would make sure consumers are aware of these unjust rates and have the chance to find a more affordable option. The bill now awaits action […]

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Budget Deal Reached!

The Legislature and the Governor have reached a budget deal! The Budget Conference Committee convened on Thursday night to take final action on budget issues in Conference Committee, which is described below. See how health priorities fared in our budget scorecard. The revised budget includes several limited but important investments in health and human services, […]

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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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Photos: Advocates Respond to Gov. Brown’s Budget, Demand “It’s Time” to Invest in Vital Services

On Friday, January 7, the California Health and Human Services Network (HHS Network), a coalition of anti-poverty advocates, held rallies across the state to demonstrate support for an equitable 2015-2016 California budget that proactively fights poverty through investments in health and human services. At the rallies, advocates responded to Gov. Brown’s budget and urged investments […]

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Initial #CABudget Reaction: No New Cuts with MCO Tax–But Recession-Era Health Cuts Continue

Earlier today, Governor Jerry Brown released his proposed budget for the 2016-17 state budget, which continues California’s commitments on health care and health reform, but also continues the cuts made during the recession, and doesn’t make the needed investments needed to reduce barriers to coverage, increase access for Medi-Cal patients, or cover the remaining uninsured. Here’s […]

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Fifth Circuit Appeals Court Ruling on President Obama’s Executive Order on Immigration: What It Means for #Health4All in California

Last Monday the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals voted 2-1 to block President Obama’s 2014 executive order on immigration, dealing a major setback to efforts to shield an estimated five million immigrants living in the U.S. from deportation (learn more here). Issued in November 2014, the President’s executive order would have allowed millions of […]

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DHCS Stakeholder Advisory Committee October 14, 2015: Highlights for Consumer Advocates

Update on MCO (Managed Care Organization) Tax DHCS Director Jennifer Kent opened with an update on the MCO tax and the need to revise it to meet new federal guidelines to broaden the base to all health plans (learn more here).  Last Spring, the Governor called a special session to resolve this and related Medicaid financing […]

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Governor Signs SB4, Capping Year of Progress Toward #Health4All

Today Governor Brown signed a bill, SB4(Lara), to make it easier for all income-eligible children to get enrolled in Medi-Cal, following up on the state budget’s expansion of Medi-Cal coverage to children regardless of immigration status. SB4 (Lara) takes a modest but critical step to implement the decision in the 2015-16 state budget to expand […]

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