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Final Votes Tonight on Two Bills to Hold CA Health Consumers Harmless from Trump Sabotage

As of this writing, two important health consumer protection bills helping to blunt federal attacks on the individual market face final votes on the final day of the 2017 California Legislative session. The bills seek to protect California consumers from the actions of the Trump Administration seeking to undermine the success of the Affordable Care […]

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California Poised to Set National Policy on Prescription Drug Prices

Earlier this week, SB 17, by Senator Ed Hernandez, passed off the Senate floor on a concurrence vote, putting California only a Governor’s signature away from enacting nationally impactful prescription drug price reform. After receiving overwhelming bipartisan support heading out of the State Assembly, the State Senate also affirmed that addressing drug prices increases is a […]

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Challenges and Opportunities with Congress Back in Session

Congress is back in session today. The good news is that there are bipartisan hearings scheduled, with testimony from a group of bipartisan Governors who last week released a series of recommendations for improving the ACA, including funding the cost-sharing reductions, reinsurance, fixing the family glitch, aggressive outreach and enrollment, and more. The bad news […]

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CA’s Will & Wherewithal to Withstand Another Trump Attempts to Sabotage the ACA

Today, President Trump’s HHS Department announced that it will dramatically cut Affordable Care Act outreach and marketing efforts by 90% for 2018. The federal government plans to reduce advertising spending from $100 million to just $10 million, and reduce funding for navigator and enrollment assisters from $63 million to $36 million.   President Trump is […]

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Speaker Rendon Announces Fall Hearings on Health Care for All

Yesterday, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon announced a series of hearings this fall to “develop plans for achieving universal health care in California.  Chaired by Dr. Joaquin Arambula (D-Fresno) and Dr. Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg), the new Assembly Select Committee on Health Care Delivery Systems and Universal Coverage, will investigate both obstacles and options on health care. Here’s the statement: […]

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Statement on Next Steps to Universal Coverage

From: Health Access California, California Immigrant Policy Center, California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, and Western Center on Law and Poverty “As health care consumer advocacy organizations, we are committed to universal health coverage, supporting single-payer proposals, Health4All expansions, the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid and Medicare. Since November, we have been first focused on the federal fight to protect millions of […]

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A very big day to health care, including the Senate delay…

It was a big, big day in health care: * The vote for the Senate #BCRA #Trumpcare bill was delayed! * Governor Brown signed the #CABudget which finally fully restores #DentiCal. * Key bills on prescription drug prices #SB17 & #SB790 pass Assembly Health Committee. * Monterey County expands its #Health4All pilot program for undocumented immigrants. Of course, the biggest headline was that Senate […]

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CBO Confirms Devastating Impact of Senate Health Bill.

A new independent analysis released today confirms that the Senate Republican health care proposal, called the “Better Care Reconciliation Act” or BCRA, will result in millions more uninsured, or paying much more for far less coverage. Some highlights about this devastating bill slated for Senate (and maybe House) votes this week: Congressional Budget Office Estimates […]

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