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Senate Health Committee to Vote on Legislation to Stop Surprise Medical Bills

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, […]

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Key Patient Rights Legislation Up Next Week

  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 […]

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Hundreds Gather at Capitol to Support #Health4All

On Monday morning, hundreds of health and immigrant rights advocates convened on the steps of the Capitol to rally in support of “Health For All,” press legislators to pass bills like SB 10 (Lara) and SB 1418 (Lara), and celebrate the historic first day of expanding comprehensive Medi-Cal to undocumented children in California. The “Health4All” rally […]

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Patient-Protection Bills Moving Forward in Legislature

With the legislative session in full-swing, Health Access California’s bills are moving full steam ahead! Last week, SB 908 and SB 1135 both passed the Senate Health Committee. SB 1135 (Monning) helps consumers know there are time limits on how long they have to wait to get health care appointments and who to complain to if […]

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Labor and Consumer Groups Join Forces to Stop Surprise Medical Bills

This week, consumer and patient advocates re-launched their effort to prevent Californians from facing surprise out-of-network medical bills. Due to the failure of the legislature to act last year, California consumers continue to receive surprise medical bills from out-of-network providers after using in-network medical facilities. These bills could come from an out-of-network anesthesiologist, pathologist, radiologist […]

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First Patient Protection Bills Up in Committee Next Week

UPDATE: The hearing for these bills has been pushed backed to a later date. Stay tuned for more information. (3/25/2016) When the Legislature comes back from Spring Break next week, the Senate Health Committee will be hearing two consumer protection bills, SB 908 and SB 1135 on Wednesday, March 30. Both of these bills are […]

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New Assembly Committee Chairs!

New Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon have announced new committee chairs today. Of particular note for health advocates: Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg) is now chair of Assembly Health Committee. Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) is now chair of Assembly Appropriations Committee. Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) is now chair of Assembly Budget Committee. Assemblymember Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond) […]

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Tobacco-Prevention Initiatives: Saving Lives and Money

Did you know? Every year, nearly 40,000 Californians die needlessly from tobacco-related diseases. Big Tobacco lures 16,800 California children a year into this deadly addiction, most of them children of color. One out of every three kids who starts smoking will ultimately die as a direct result. The healthcare cost of tobacco use is $13 […]

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Legislature Passes MCO Tax; More Work Towards Restoring Cuts and Investing in Medi-Cal

California lawmakers voted today on a bipartisan basis to revamp the tax on managed care organizations (MCOs). This allows California to meet new federal guidance and continue to draw down federal funds into the state’s health system. The proposed plan would expand the current tax on health plans, but lowers other taxes, reducing the impact […]

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Covered CA Board Meeting November 19, 2015: Highlights for Consumer Advocates

This week’s Covered California Board meeting, the last for 2015, focused on the Covered CA bus tour and related OE3 campaigns; early results from Open Enrollment 3 or OE3; how the Section 1332 waiver (an option within the Affordable Care Act to waive certain ACA provisions to demonstrate a new principle or model at the […]

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