CAHP Statement: 2018 Covered California Rates

Covered California today announced health insurance rates for 2018, citing an average weighted statewide rate change of 12.5% as the exchange moves into its fifth year of operation. The rates reflect the ongoing uncertainty at the federal level over the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as well as increased spending on medical care and several other factors.

CAHP Statement: CA Assembly Health Committee Advances Crucial Drug Price Transparency Bill

The California Assembly Health Committee today voted to advance SB 17 (Hernandez), marking a crucial milestone in the fight to rein in out-of-control prescription drug pricing. The bill now heads to the California Assembly Appropriations Committee where it will be up for a vote in August.

CAHP Statement: $400 Billion Single-Payer Health Care Bill Passes Senate

The California State Senate today approved SB 562 (Lara) SB 562, which was passed without a funding plan, and would establish a government-run, single-payer health care system in California that will cost hundreds of billions of dollars.

CAHP Statement: CAHP Names New Vice President of Communications

The California Association of Health Plans (CAHP) today announced that Mary Ellen Grant has joined its staff as Vice President of Communications. She will lead communications efforts on behalf of the 49 full-service health plans CAHP represents.

CAHP Statement: California Senate Votes on Widely-Supported Drug Price Transparency Bill

The California State Senate Committee on Health is set to vote today on SB 17, which responds to growing concerns over the impacts of drug companies’ efforts to push the limits on prescription drug prices that have left California families and state programs grappling with the realities of six-figure price tags for common medications.

CAHP Statement: Health Plans Statement on SB 17 (Hernandez)

State Senator Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) was joined by consumer advocates, labor representatives and other California leaders today as he introduced SB 17, which will bring much-needed transparency to prescription drug pricing. The introduction of SB 17 marks the third time in three years that California legislators have pushed to shine a light on how the pharmaceutical industry prices its products.

CAHP Statement: Response to State Budget Proposal

In his proposed budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year, Governor Brown proposes elimination of the pilot project known as the Coordinated Care Initiative (CCI), which coordinates a range of health care, home and community supports through managed care plans in seven counties. However, some components of the CCI are extended, including coordinated care through Cal MediConnect, integrating long-term services and supports into managed care, as well as mandatory enrollment of dual eligibles.