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President Trump Caves to PHRMA; California Legislation Left to Provide Drug Cost Relief

Earlier this week, President Donald Trump met with several CEOs from the pharmaceutical industry, and despite recent tough talk about negotiating down prescription drug prices, he took no such steps, and instead offered several corporate giveaways, including tax breaks, reduced regulatory and safety oversight, and even limits on how Medicare could bargain. With President Trump […]

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Health Access Statement of Solidarity

For 30 years, Health Access California has fought for the right of ALL Californians to have access to quality, affordable healthcare. Our work is grounded in our inclusive vision that we all benefit when everyone has access to needed care and coverage, regardless of how much money they have, where they are born, the color […]

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Signs of Progress…

It’s been a tough week on many issues, but it’s important to note that we are making major progress in the #Fight4OurHealth. The GOP’s original plan was to pass a repeal bill in early January so the President could sign it on Inauguration Day. They missed that. Friday, they missed their own January 27th deadline […]

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Sabotaging Our Health System

President Trump and the GOP Congressional leadership promised to repeal Obamacare, but in the same breath promised to replace it–with something better, even terrific, something that would cover more people and cost less. But they have no replacement in place, yet some of their actions suggest they are going ahead and sabotaging the existing health […]

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California Responds to House Majority Leader McCarthy

Late last year, California Congressman Kevin McCarthy, Majority Leader for the House of Representatives, sent a letter to all the Governors and Insurance Commissioners, asking how they would repeal Obamacare. The letter was aggressively negative and misleading about the Affordable Care Act, falsely saying that “Obamacare is crumbling under its own weight and seriously harming […]

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In Governor’s #CABudget Continues CA’s Commitment to Medi-Cal–While Congressional Cuts Loom

  On Tuesday, Governor Jerry Brown released his proposed 2017-18 Budget of about $125 billion, which includes continued support for the Medi-Cal program which 14.3 million Californians rely on. POTENTIAL CONGRESSIONAL CUTS: Potential federal cuts loom for Medi-Cal, which is budgeted for $102.6 billion in 2017-18, including $19.6 billion from the general fund, and $66.8 […]

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Election Results

THE TRUMP PRESIDENCY AND THE THREAT TO HEALTH CARE Medicare. Medicaid. The Affordable Care Act. With the election results yesterday, these three pillars of our health system are at risk, unless we mobilize and organize. President-elect Trump and the GOP Congress’ plans to repeal Obamacare have never had the gruesome consequences fully spelled out, especially under […]

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Key Bill Pass Health Committees, Capping a Productive Half-Year of Progress

Earlier this week, the Assembly and Senate Health Committees passed a series of key patient protection bills to increase transparency and protect consumers from unfair health care costs. Sponsored by Health Access California, these measures would prevent patients from facing surprise out-of-network medical bills and mid-year cost-sharing increases, and provide notice of unjustified premium rate […]

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