About Us

Health Access California works to secure quality, affordable health care for all Californians.

HEALTH ACCESS CALIFORNIA is the statewide health care consumer advocacy coalition, advocating for the goal of quality, affordable health care for all Californians. HEALTH ACCESS FOUNDATION undertakes community organizing and education, applied research, and policy analysis, and advocates for reform to benefit health care consumers, both insured and uninsured.

Working together, these two organizations are the leading coalition voice for health care consumers in California. We represent consumers in the legislature, at administrative and regulatory agencies, in the media, and at public forums. In Sacramento, the health industry – from insurers to drug companies, from doctors to hospitals – is well represented. Health Access ensures that consumers have a voice.

Health Access has a long history of fighting – and often winning – policy battles against HMOs that deny care, prescription drug companies that price gouge, providers that overcharge the uninsured, as well as employers that don’t provide health care for their workers.

Health Access has played a significant role in leading the movement for health care reform in California. We have simultaneously promoted universal health care proposals and advocated for specific strategic reforms that promise to provide immediate health care services to California’s most vulnerable populations. We have spearheaded initiatives at the state level, and led the California activity of national campaigns.

Health Access has a unique ability to undertake and bridge work at both the grassroots and senior policy levels to advocate for substantive reforms. Health Access works with a broad coalition of member organizations representing communities of color, immigrants, people with disabilities, children, seniors, people of faith, labor, and working families.

Beyond any specific policy goal, Health Access is a coalition organization that works to involve our member organizations in the health policy debate. Many of our member organizations work on multiple issues beyond health care, and have many responsibilities including providing direct services to Californians. Our mission is to help these organizations utilize whatever time and effort they spend on health advocacy in the most effective way possible. To this end, Health Access provides timely information, develops policy solutions to advocate, and organizes events and whole campaigns that groups can plug into with ease.

With offices in Sacramento, Oakland, and Los Angeles, Health Access serves a statewide constituency.

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