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CA Senate Health Committee will hear measure to protect consumers in health care mergers

| Apr 20, 2016 | California

Health plan mega-mergers are currently pending in California, including Aetna-Humana, which faces a CA Department of Insurance hearing next Wednesday, April 27 SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, Wednesday afternoon, the Senate Health Committee will hear SB 932 (Hernandez), a bill that ensures that mergers and consolidations in California’s health care marketplace...[ Read More ]

Consumer, labor, business, and health groups re-launch campaign to stop surprise billings

| Mar 21, 2016 | California

SACRAMENTO, CA—Today consumer advocates re-launched their efforts to prevent Californians from receiving surprise medical bills of hundreds or thousands of dollars. As part of a ramped-up campaign, Health Access California, the statewide health care consumer advocacy coalition, announced that the California Labor Federation is now co-sponsoring their legislation to end...[ Read More ]

MCO tax passage a good start but 'there's more work to do'

| Mar 2, 2016 | California

Revamp was mostly to not lose federal funds and prevent new cuts; Added revenues needed to restore cuts & make needed investments in Medi-Cal; Voters to consider revenue-raising ballot measure like a tobacco tax this fall. California lawmakers voted Monday on a bipartisan basis to revamp the tax on managed...[ Read More ]

CA: Senate Health Committee passes cost transparency bills

| Apr 22, 2015 | California

Press Release CA Senate Health Committee passes SB26(Hernandez), to create a "California Health Care Cost and Quality Database."  CA Senate Health Committee also passes SB546(Leno), to extend rate review to large group coverage.  Sacramento, CA – Today, the California Senate Health Committee, chaired by Senator Ed Hernandez, passed key cost transparency...[ Read More ]