Press Releases

CAHP Statement on the California State Legislature’s Approval of SB 855 (Wiener)

The California Association of Health Plans today released a statement regarding the approval of SB 855 by the California State Legislature on Sunday.

CAHP Statement: California Association of Health Plans on Senate Bill 855 (Weiner)

The California Association of Health Plans today released a statement in response to Senate Bill 855 by Senator Scott Wiener following the bill’s passage by the Assembly Health Committee.

CAHP Statement: Covered California Premiums for 2021 See Record-Low Rate Change

Covered California today announced preliminary health insurance rates for 2021, citing an average statewide rate change of 0.6 percent, the lowest premium increase since the exchange was established in 2014 under the Affordable Care Act.

The California Association of Health Plans Respond to Governor’s May Budget Revise

Today, the California Association of Health Plans released a statement in response to the Governor’s May revision of the 2020-2021 budget proposal.

California’s Health Plans Providing Critical Support to Patients, Communities, and Providers Through the Coronavirus Pandemic

California’s health plans are stepping up in extraordinary ways to address the needs of patients and to keep the health care system strong during the Coronavirus pandemic.

CAHP Applauds Covered California, DHCS Actions to Address COVID-19 Crisis

CAHP today applauded the critical steps taken by state leaders at Covered California and the Department of Health Care Services to extend the open enrollment period and make it easier for people to access coverage during the COVID-19 crisis.

CAHP Names New Vice President of State Medicaid Policy and Legislative Advocate

CAHP today announced that two new staff members have joined their team. Amber Kemp will serve as Vice President of State Medicaid Policy and Jedd Hampton as Legislative Advocate.

CAHP Issues Statement on Covered California’s Robust Enrollment Increase

CAHP today applauded Covered California’s announcement that more than 400,000 people have signed up for health insurance coverage through the state’s health care marketplace during the most recent open-enrollment period. This represents the highest enrollment numbers since 2016 and is 41% higher than last year’s figure of more than 295,000 people who enrolled.

CAHP Issues Statement On Appointment of New DHCS Director Dr. Brad Gilbert

CAHP today issued a statement in response to Gov. Gavin Newsom appointing Dr. Brad Gilbert as the director of the Department of Health Care Services.

CAHP Issues Statement On Supreme Court Ruling Regarding ‘Public Charge’ Rule

CAHP today issued a statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s Jan. 27 decision to lift the nationwide injunction on the Trump Administration’s “public charge” rule, which would discriminate against immigrants who rely on public benefits.

CAHP Issues Statement On Governor’s 2020-2021 State Budget Release

California Association of Health Plans President & CEO Charles Bacchi today issued a statement in response to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s release of the 2020-21 state budget proposal.

CAHP Applauds Federal Repeal Of Costly Health Insurance Taxes

The California Association of Health Plans (CAHP) today applauded the permanent repeal of burdensome health insurance taxes as a part of the bipartisan budget deal approved by federal lawmakers. The repeal of these taxes means that Californians will pay less for their health care by avoiding skyrocketing health care costs that would have resulted under these taxes, had they taken effect.

New RunawayRx Fact Sheet: Cost of Lifesaving Diabetes Treatments Continues to Rise

RunawayRx calls attention to skyrocketing cost of insulin and diabetes treatments during National Diabetes Awareness Month.

Press Release: California Governor Signs Bill to Rein in Profiteering Schemes by Dialysis, Drug Treatment Industries

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 290 today, a law that will stop a profiteering scheme used most notably by certain dialysis and addiction treatment centers.

Press Release: First SB 17 Drug Cost Increase Report Reveals a 25% Median Increase for All Reported Drugs

September 24, 2019, Sacramento, Calif. – The first major quarterly report providing wholesale drug cost increase information on existing prescription drugs issued by the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) was released and made available to the public for the first time yesterday. The report is a result of the passage of Senate Bill 17 (Hernandez) – California’s landmark drug price transparency bill that became law in 2017.

Press Release: California Assembly Passes Bill to Address Inflated Medical Claims by Dialysis, Drug Treatment Industries

The California Assembly passed a bill Sept. 10 to address runaway costs and rein in a profiteering scheme involving the dialysis and addiction treatment industries, and it now heads to Gov. Gavin Newsom, who has until Oct. 13 to decide whether to sign it into law.

CAHP Statement: Individual Health Coverage Premiums for 2020 Reflect California’s Bold Steps to Increase Affordability

Covered California today announced preliminary health insurance rates for 2020, citing an average weighted statewide rate change of .8 percent, the lowest premium increase since the exchange was established in 2014.

Press Release: Senate Health Committee Passes Bill to Address Runaway Costs in Dialysis, Drug Treatment Industries

The Senate Health Committee passed legislation today to address runaway costs and rein in a profiteering scheme by third party health providers – including in the dialysis and addiction treatment industries.

Press Release: CA Assembly Passes Bill to Rein in Outsized Costs in Dialysis, Drug Treatment Industries

The California State Assembly today passed legislation by a bipartisan vote to contain costs in the dialysis and drug treatment industries that currently result in higher health care costs for all consumers.

CAHP Statement: Response To Governor’s May Budget Revise Release

California Association of Health Plans (CAHP) President & CEO Charles Bacchi today issued the following statement in response to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s release of the May budget revise.

CAHP Statement: CAHP Releases Research Review On Northwestern University Finding that Medicaid Managed Care Lowers Drug Costs

The California Association of Health Plans today has released a research review of a recent non-partisan nationwide study conducted by a team of Northwestern University professors which found that allowing managed care organizations (MCO’s) to administer the majority of Medicaid drug benefits, as we currently do in California, significantly reduces state spending on prescription drugs.

CAHP Statement: CAHP Hires New Director of Regulatory Affairs and State Programs Analyst

The California Association of Health Plans (CAHP) today announced that Christina Wu is the association’s new Director of Regulatory Affairs and Ellesse Flores has joined the staff as State Programs Analyst.

CAHP Statement: Bill Designed to Lower Prescription Drug Prices by Cracking Down on Pharma’s Pay-for-Delay Schemes Passes Assembly Health Committee

AB 824, a bill that would curb increasing drug prices in Californiaby allowing more generic drugs to enter thehealth caremarketplace, cleared the Assembly Health Committee this afternoon. The measure, introduced by Assembly Health Committee Chairman Jim Wood (D-Santa Rosa)inpartnership with Attorney General Xavier Becerra, would prohibit “pay-for-delay” agreements where a pharmaceutical company transfers anything of value to delay a competitor’s research, marketing, or sale of a competing version of its drug.

CAHP Statement: Assembly Health Committee Passes Bill to Stop Third Party Payer Scheme from Driving Up Health Care Costs for All

Legislation designed toincreaseconsumer protection by reining-in a profiteering scheme operated by the dialysis and drug rehabilitation industries passed the Assembly Health Committee on a bipartisan vote.

CAHP Statement: New RunawayRx Infographics Explain California’s Drug Price Transparency Law and How It’s Working to Reveal How Rx Costs Impact Health Plan Premiums

RunawayRx today released two new infographics. One highlightskey implementation dates for California’s landmark prescription drug transparency law, SB 17, and the other revealsnew details about how prescription drug costs are impacting California health plan premiums.

CAHP Statement: CAHP Issues Response to Newsom's State-of-the-State Address

California Association of Health Plans President and CEO Charles Bacchi issued a statement today in response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s first state-of-the-state address.

CAHP Statement: CAHP Issues Statement Applauding Governor’s Bold New Health Care Agenda

California Association of Health Plans (CAHP) President and CEO Charles Bacchi made a statement regarding Governor Gavin Newsom’s new health care agenda.

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