Momentum continues to build against secretive prescription drug practices with the introduction of SB 17 (Hernandez) which is being hailed by health care consumers and labor advocates alike.
The best way to understand just what this AB 72 will mean for Californians is to talk to one of the people whose life has been affected by surprise bills.
Big news for health consumers! Last week, Governor Jerry Brown signed a number of key consumer protection bills, including AB 72 (Bonta, et. al.), which gives millions of California consumers the nation’s strongest protections against surprise out-of-network medical bills. The Governor also signed SB 908 (Hernandez) on unjustified rate increases and SB 1135 (Monning) on […]
These unexpected medical bills are a shock to family finances at an already stressful time. This long-standing injustice in our health system is even more intolerable as these bills could financially destabilize many of the lower-income families who are newly insured under the ACA. California health consumers can’t wait any longer for this important protection.
SB 1010 could have provided transparency for drug price increases like Mylan’s EpiPen, which increased 400% this week.
Governor Brown signs SB 923 to prevent a health plan or insurer from changing cost-sharing requirements during a plan year, extending a law that is already in place for premium increases. A great win for consumers!
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 […]
SB 1135 empowers consumers with the information they need to ensure that they receive care when they need it, and in a language they can understand. These two simple steps will make quality health care more accessible not just to those in my clinic, but to all Californians.
By Tam Ma, Policy Counsel, Health Access California AB 72 (Bonta, Bonilla, Dahle, Gonzalez, Maienschein, Santiago, Wood) is being heard in the Senate Health Committee Wednesday, June 29, 2016. Patients know they have to follow their health plan or insurer’s rules and go to in-network providers and facilities to keep their out-of-pocket costs low. Unfortunately, […]
Yesterday, the Assembly Health Committee passed one consumer protection measure, SB 923 (Hernandez) on a vote of 17-0, to prevent mid-year increases in co-payments and other cost-sharing by a health plan. Other key legislation also authored by Senate Health Committee Chair Dr. Ed Hernandez and sponsored by Health Access California to protect patients from unfair […]