The news that the White House and Congressional leadership are going to try again at another attempt on the American Health Care Act (AHCA) to repeal the Affordable Care Act and cut and cap Medicaid is alarming. But it also seems far removed from the experience on the ground as Congressmembers meet with their constituents. […]
Consumer advocates decried new regulations finalized Thursday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services which would seek to increase premiums, deductibles, and cost-sharing for those enrolled in health insurance marketplaces like Covered California across the country. However, due to existing state law, many of the regulations is likely not to impact Californians, including: * […]
We note with sadness the death on April 4 of former Assemblymember John T. Knox at age 92.
In the midst of the ongoing federal fight, Health Access continues to advocate on behalf of consumers at the state level, sponsoring AB 595 (Wood) to strengthen state oversight over health plan mergers.
While the failure of the American Health Care Act was a welcome relief, Californians should continue to be concerned about federal attacks on our coverage and care through Congressional budget and tax bills, administrative actions, and more. Here’s some specific areas of concern: COST-SHARING REDUCTIONS (CSRs): A looming decision by the Trump Administration regarding a […]
Governor Jerry Brown had a long discussion with Chuck Todd on Meet the Press on Thursday, and in the extended interview online (below), the first topic was the impending vote on the health care bill. It was great to hear his critique of the American Health Care Act–pointedly not just making the fiscal argument of […]
Obamacare has had more near-death experiences than any public policy proposal in memory. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s passage resembled the “Perils of Pauline” more than “How a Bill Becomes a Law,” with at least three times that nearly every one of President Barack Obama’s advisers suggested abandoning the effort–and him deciding instead […]
Statement by Anthony Wright, executive director, Health Access California, the statewide health care consumer advocacy coalition on the pulling of the GOP’s American Health Care Act which would have left 24 million more uninsured Americans within a decade.
It’s best to understand the impact of the American Health Care Act at the local level, so let’s explore the Inland Empire of California. Representative Paul Cook had an op-ed in the San Bernardino Sun last week, asking for input on how this would impact his district. We provided some answers in a follow-up opinion […]
The “American Health Care Act” would not only take away health care for millions of Californians, but also make it harder for people to get and keep health coverage. Californians will pay more and get less coverage and care as a result of this proposal. Let’s dive into the impacts in just one area, in […]