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RIP Dorothy Rice, Pioneer in Health

We were saddened to hear of the passing this weekend of Dorothy Rice, 94, a world renowned medical economist and health statistician, who served on the Health Access Foundation board for over a decade until 2015. UPDATED: Here’s the New York Times obituary. Professor Dorothy P. Rice was Professor Emerita of Medical Economics in the Department […]

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Leaked GOP House Plan Would Imperil Not Just ACA Coverage, but Medi-Cal and Employer Benefits, Too.

On Friday, a first draft to repeal the Affordable Care Act by Speaker Paul Ryan, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and the GOP Leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives was leaked, showing it goes a lot further to undermine the health care for Californians than suggested, especially in capping Medicaid and taxing employer-based coverage. Under […]

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New Federal Regs Would Increase Premiums & Cost Sharing

  Consumer advocates decried new regulations proposed this week by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services which would increase premiums, deductibles, and cost-sharing for those enrolled in Covered California and other health insurance marketplaces across the country. These regulations, which are stated to “stabilize” the individual insurance market, would lower the “actuarial value” […]

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California Health Plans Flunk Timely Access Report

A new report by the Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) found industry-wide problems providing timely access to care, or even accurately reporting the size and availability of their provider networks. Almost all—36 of 40—of the health plans monitored by the DMHC have been referred to the Department’s enforcement unit for potential fines or corrective […]

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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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