As major health issues swirl around us, we at Health Access have reflective this year to see the passing of giants who we have been humbled to work with in various capacities: Dorothy Rice, the trailblazing economist who played a key role in the creation of Medicare among many other achievements. We were proud to […]
Today, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities released a new California-specific study, showing the significant cost increases of thousands of dollars that those in Covered California would see if the pending House Republican health rollback bill, the “American Health Care Act” (#AHCA), were to be enacted. According to the study, the average increase in […]
(From our longtime policy advocate Beth Capell): As we have listened to people in town halls and legislative hearings about the potential repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), we have been struck time and again by how vividly consumers remember the pre-ACA world. What they say is some version of “I didn’t have the […]
Over the weekend, President Trump again threatened in a tweet to defund regularly scheduled cost-sharing subsidies in the Affordable Care Act, worth $7 billion dollars nationally, and $700 million in California. But despite his tweet stating that “the Dems need big money to keep it going,” our new analysis shows that about 200,000 Californians who benefit from […]
A California Congressmember’s position on the American Health Care Act should be a no-brainer, once it is clear that millions more people would lose health coverage as a result. Unfortunately, some Congressmembers voted for the bill in various committee, including from California: Rep. Mimi Walters, Rep. Devon Nunes, Rep. Duncan Hunter, and Rep. Tom McClintock. […]
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 […]