Healthy California For All Commission Submits First Report

Healthy California For All Commission Submits First Report

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Healthy California For All Commission Submits First Report

by Pat Snyder, Health Care Issues Co-Chair

The Healthy California For All Commission, which began work in January of this year, has submitted its first report, “An Environmental Analysis of Health Care Delivery, Coverage, and Financing in California” to Governor Newsom and the chairs of the Assembly and Senate Health Committees, Senator Richard Pan, and Assembly member Jim Wood. 

The meeting on August 18th focused on financing options and considerations.  Future meetings will study issues related to provider payment; the role, if any, of intermediary organizations; eligibility, covered benefits, and patient cost-sharing; and governance and cost containment.

All commission meetings are open to the public, and public comment is actively sought.  In addition, community engagement sessions will be conducted in September and late November to secure input from groups who experience the health care system in a variety of ways, such as persons of color, underserved individuals, marginalized populations, uninsured persons, such as immigrants, and those who have lost coverage due to COVID-19 unemployment.

The Commission has scheduled monthly meetings through the end of this calendar year and is to submit its final report in February of 2021. The purpose of the Commission is to provide the Governor and Legislature with recommendations to achieve a health care delivery system for all Californians with a unified financing system.

More information including the environmental analysis and summaries of Commission meetings are available at Healthy California for All.

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Inaugural Meeting

Pat Snyder, LWVDV Healthcare Observer

The Healthy California for All Commission held its first meeting on January 27 in Sacramento.  The charge of the commission is to provide the Governor and Legislature with options and recommendations to advance progress toward achieving a health care delivery system that provides coverage and access to all Californians through a unified financing system, including, but not limited to, a single-payer financing system.

The Commission’s 13 voting members include California Health and Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly, who chairs the Commission, eight gubernatorial appointee,s and four legislative appointees. There are also five ex-officio, non-voting members. Their work will be supported by a consulting team and staff from the Department of Health and Human Services. The list of members is available on the Commission website: https://www.chhs.ca.gov/healthycaforall/

 At this first meeting, Commission members heard presentations by members of the consultant team who considered the history of health reform in California,  the status of health care in the state today, and an overview of the policy questions that must be addressed to achieve a unified financing system. 

The Commission is mandated to issue an initial report on their work by July 2020, with a final report due February 1, 2021. The next meeting is on Monday, April 6, 2020, in Sacramento.

A video recording of the day-long meeting and other materials are available on the Commission’s website (link above).  LWV-DV members Marian Shostrom, Janet Thomas, Harry Baker, and Pat Snyder attended the meeting. 

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