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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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#CABudget Deal Restores Medi-Cal Dental & Optical Benefits

This evening, California leaders announced agreement on many items in the state’s 2017-18 Budget, including key improvements in the Medi-Cal program. Health and consumer advocates praise the restoration of dental and optical benefits for the Medi-Cal program that covers over 14 million Californians–and urged additional investments using revenues raised from Proposition 56 tobacco tax approved […]

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RIP Frances Gracechild

We at Health Access California were saddened to hear of the recent passing of our former board chair of five years, Frances Gracechild, a lifelong disability and senior rights advocate, who also served as executive director of Resources for Independent Living (RIL) in Sacramento since 1981. Her death at 71 years old was a surprise to […]

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#CABudget Conference Committee Considers Medi-Cal Investments–Including #Health4All Young Adults, Denti-Cal, Other Restorations

A budget report from our policy advocate Myriam Valdez: Over the last week, the Budget Conference Committee met to begin resolving differences between the Senate and Assembly’s versions of the state budget. The committee is tackling issues including cap and trade, poverty alleviation, education. child care, and health care. In the meantime, the “Big Three”– […]

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Recess of Rage

McCarthy, Denham, Valadao, Nunes, in the Central Valley. LaMalfa, McClintock, in California’s rural north. Knight, Cook, Calvert, in Los Angeles and the Inland Empire. Royce. Rohrabacher. Walters, in Orange County. Issa, Hunter, in San Diego. All 14 Republican Congressmembers from California voted for the American Health Care Act, a bill that: would leave 4-5 million […]

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Next Steps After a Bewildering and Betraying Vote…

It’s obviously a very disappointing day, with the American Health Care Act passing, and with all 14 California Republican Representatives voting for the bill. We always said that the California delegation would make the difference, and they certainly did: It was Reps. Denham, Valadao, and Knight—all in swing districts and all who expressed opposition or […]

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