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Recent Press Releases

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

May 9, 2019

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. more >>>

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

April 5, 2019

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. more >>>

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

April 1, 2019

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. more >>>

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

March 26, 2019

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. Drug manufacturers use pay-for-delay agreements to block competitors frommanufacturing or marketing lower-cost versions of their drugs.Such agreements act only to protect drug manufactures’profits whilekeepinglower costgenericdrugsfrompatientswho need access to more affordable health care. more >>>

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

March 19, 2019

Legislation designed toincreaseconsumer protection by reining-in a profiteering scheme operated by the dialysis and drug rehabilitation industries passed the Assembly Health Committee onabipartisanvote.AB 290would prevent certain dialysis providers and residential treatment centers throughout California from profiteering by shifting patients into commercial health coverage toreceive higher reimbursements forwhat are ofteninflated and unnecessary medical claims.This practice has been particularly harmful to Californianssuffering from opioid addiction and kidney failure. more >>>

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

March 13, 2019

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. more >>>

CAHP Statement: CAHP Issues Response To Newsom’s State-of-the-State Address

February 12, 2019

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. more >>>

CAHP Statement: CAHP Issues Statement on Governor’s New Health Care Agenda

January 8, 2019

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

CAHP Statement: CAHP Joins California Health Care Community In Joint Media Statement Opposing ACA Ruling

December 18, 2018

If one can take a moment to make their way through the partisanship, the politics, and the perceptions (right or wrong), the Affordable Care Act is really about just one thing: people. more >>>

CAHP Statement: Federal Court Ruling Striking Down ACA

December 17, 2018

CAHP President and CEO Charles Bacchi made a statement regarding the District Court decision in TX v. United States of America on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). more >>>

CAHP Statement: Renewed SB 17 Lawsuit Signals PhRMA’s Continued Unwillingness to Acknowledge Their Outsized Role in the High-Priced Drug Crisis

October 2, 2018

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) has re-filed its lawsuit against SB 17, California’s drug price transparency legislation. PhRMA’s action comes just one month after a federal judge dismissed the organization’s previous lawsuit and offers a clear sign that the group intends to continue its efforts to keep patients in the dark about prescription drug pricing. more >>>

CAHP Statement: SB 1156 Supporters Undeterred by Governor’s Decision to Veto Bill

October 1, 2018

A broad coalition of concerned consumer, labor, and health care groups today expressed their disappointment in Governor Brown’s decision to veto SB 1156 -- a bill that would have discouraged certain dialysis providers and loosely regulated residential treatment centers throughout California from inappropriately shifting patients into commercial coverage in order to receive higher reimbursements for inflated and unnecessary medical claims. This practice has been particularly harmful to vulnerable individuals suffering from opioid addiction and kidney disease. more >>>

CAHP Statement: California Association of Health Plans President & CEO Releases Statement on 2019 Individual Market Rates

July 19, 2018

Covered California today announced health insurance rates for 2019, citing an average weighted statewide rate change of 8.7% as the exchange moves into its sixth year of operation. The rates reflect the ongoing changes to the Affordable Care Act at the federal level, particularly the decision to repeal the requirement to purchase health insurance coverage, as well as continued increased spending on medical care and several other factors. more >>>

CAHP Statement: The California Association of Health Plans Announces New Director of Legal and Regulatory Affairs

July 9, 2018

The California Association of Health Plans (CAHP) today announced that Stephanie Shirkey has joined its staff as Director of Legal and Regulatory Affairs.  She will manage CAHP’s regulatory efforts with the Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) and other stakeholders on behalf of CAHP’s 48 full-service health plans. more >>>

In Case You Missed It - Politico: New Jersey Will Become Second State to Enact Individual Health Insurance Mandate

May 31, 2018

A May 30 Politico article by Katie Jennings reports that New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) signed into law a bill that will require all New Jerseyans to have health insurance. The new law reinstates the individual mandate beginning Jan. 1, 2019. The federal government repealed the mandate late last year and it officially expires in 2019. more >>>

CAHP Statement: California’s Uninsured Expected to Increase by
500,000 to 1.2 Million Without Coverage Requirement: CAHP Urges Support for Coverage Requirement and Increased Subsidies

May 17, 2018

During today’s Covered California Board meeting, analyses provided by Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) and UCLA/UC Berkeley CalSIM show that the number of California’s uninsured is estimated to increase by 500,000 to 1.2 million.  This is due to the federal government’s decision last year to eliminate the individual mandate to buy health insurance and to halt Cost Sharing Reductions (CSR’s) for low income individuals and families. more >>>

CAHP Statement: Drug Price Transparency Legislation Sweeping Across The Nation, Post-SB 17

April 18, 2018

California's 2017 passage of first-of-its-kind prescription drug price transparency legislation in the United States ushered in a new era of public reporting on egregious prescription drug price hikes - and other states are following suit. more >>>

CAHP Statement: CAHP Launches ‘We Bring’ Campaign

April 16, 2018

CAHP today launches the “We Bring” education campaign to raise awareness about how health plans are serving a critical role in the state’s health care system and driving satisfaction for their members. more >>>

In Case You Missed It - Asbury Park Press: New Jersey Lawmakers Approve Health Insurance Mandate

April 13, 2018

On April 12, 2018, the New Jersey legislature approved legislation to require all New Jerseyans to have health insurance. The bill, if signed by Democratic Governor Phil Murphy, would reinstate the individual mandate that the federal government repealed late last year.  That federal mandate will officially expire in 2019. Other states are also considering legislation to enact state-level individual mandates. more >>>

CAHP Statement: CAHP Names New Vice President of State Programs

March 16, 2018

CAHP today announced Wendy Soe's promotion to Vice President of State Programs. Ms. Soe will lead CAHP's advocacy efforts related to government health coverage programs. more >>>

CAHP Statement: CAHP Supports Enacting a State-Based Individual Mandate

March 5, 2018

In the wake of the federal government’s November, 2017 decision to eliminate the individual mandate to buy health insurance effective in January, 2019, the California Association of Health Plans is urging state leaders to enact a state-based individual mandate as a way to stabilize California’s health care marketplace and protect the significant gains California has made under the Affordable Care Act. more >>>

CAHP Statement: Major Single Payer Implementation Challenges Raised During Assembly Hearing

February 7, 2018

The Assembly Select Committee on Health Care Delivery Systems and Universal Coverage held its latest hearing on February 5 highlighting the very real and significant obstacles to establishing a single payer health care system in California.  Expert witnesses provided key testimony that highlighted how implementing a single payer system could be difficult to achieve.  The select committee heard from experts on Proposition 98, the “Gann Limit,” the Medicare Trust Fund, ‘ERISA’ and other federal law considerations. more >>>


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