Written by Inda S. Shirley, Health Care for All
California Single Payer Medicare for All legislation
Most likely none in 2020
Optimistic for 2021
California health care bills pending in the state legislature
A significant number of pending bills tinker around the edges of access to health care. None change the landscape for all in California. However, those below would help some in California.
- Assembly Bill 890 would allow nurse practitioners to practice without physician supervision. This may reduce costs for patients.
- Assembly Bill 4 and Senate Bill 29 would expand Medi-Cal to cover all low-income Californians who meet Medi-Cal income eligibility requirements, regardless of their immigration status.
- Senate Bill 389 amends the Mental Health Services Act funds so that counties could authorize these funds to serve individuals on parole, probation, individuals in a pre-or post-sentencing diversion program, post-release in the community or mandatory supervision.
- Senate Bill 207 includes asthma preventive services as a covered benefit in Medi-Cal.
Obstacles to SP in the current context
- Few elected officials are onboard.
- Many in California do not yet understand the difference between SPM4A and the public option.
- Those against SPM4A have tremendous resources.
- Threat of the coronavirus is putting a hold on much of our outreach.
Advantages for SPM4A in the current context
- California Congressman Ro Khanna’s HR 5010 State Based Universal Health Care Act of 2019 simplifies the waiver process and allows each state to develop its own program as long as the program meets federal standards.
- Governor Newsom’s Healthy California for All Commission will meet again to develop a plan for advancing progress toward achieving a health care delivery system for California.
SPM4A action in 2020
- Continuing outreach, advocacy, and presentations.
- Connecting and linking with other SPM4A groups.
- Working with other social justice organizations to develop coalitions.
- Meeting with elected officials to advocate for HR 5010 and SPM4A.
- Physicians for a National Health Program and Healthy California Now are reaching out, through friendly persuasion, through offers to provide resource materials, and through requests to review materials, to Governor Newsom’s Healthy California for All Commission.
Where can people find news about Single Payer in your state and/or join a group?
Inda S. Shirley: firstname.lastname@example.org, Health Care for All
Kathleen Healey: email@example.com, Physicians for a National Heath Program, CA
Leland Jung: firstname.lastname@example.org, California Progressive Alliance Single Payer Action Team
Eric Vance: email@example.com, Healthy California Now
Healthy California Now
Health Care for All—w/affiliates
California Alliance for Retired Americans
California Nurses Association