CaHPSA E-Newsletter
Volume 1, Issue 9

The Healthy California for All Commission
A look into the new state commission tasked with developing a plan for a more universal, equitable, and affordable healthcare system

In December of 2019, Governor Newsom announced the launch of the Healthy California for All Commission. The Commission is comprised of various members from business, philanthropy, academic, and labor sectors. The goal of the Commission is to develop a plan to move California toward a unified healthcare financing system, including, but not limited to a single-payer system, that provides coverage and access for all state residents.

An initial report to the Governor and State Legislature will be filed by July 2020 and a final report will be presented in February 2021. 

According to Mark Ghaly, MD, MPH, Secretary of the California Health and Human Services and Commission Chair: “We believe that every Californian should have a right to affordable health care regardless of wealth, zip code, race, disability or gender. Yet, despite many gains in coverage, nearly 3 million Californians lack health care and high costs burden too many families. The role of the Healthy California for All Commission will be to provide policy recommendations that will set us on the path toward high-quality, affordable universal coverage for all."

The Healthy California for All Commission will explore options for a unified financing system with an overall goal to develop a proposal for a healthcare system that improves outcomes for all Californians.

The Commission held its first meeting on January 27th (video recording available here). In the Meeting Synopsis, it is stated that developing a simpler system that builds trust and is driven by patient care and public health, not profit, is absolutely essential.

The principles of the Commission are that healthcare be affordable, accessible, equitable, high-quality and universal. It is important to note that the Commission has a purely advisory role. Although there are members and delegates from the State Assembly and Senate, the Commission is not in charge of legislative changes. Rather, they intend to advise the Governor and Legislature as to what legislative action should be taken.

California already leads the nation in progressive, quality healthcare reform. To build on its progress, the state’s new Healthy California for All Commission will provide an additional opportunity for the Golden State to adopt reforms that will help establish a better healthcare system — one that not only expands coverage to the uninsured, but also makes care more affordable, equitable, and high-quality. CaHPSA will closely follow the Commission’s work over the next two years as it develops and presents its plan for improving California's healthcare system!

CAHPSA IN ACTION — Hearing Directly from the Commission

Healthcare remains a top concern among Californians. Our state has made significant gains in coverage and access, however, much more can be done. CaHPSA wanted to hear directly from members of the Healthy California for All Commission who are tasked with creating a plan for universal coverage. On February 25th, we had the opportunity to do just that at the 24th Annual Insure the Uninsured Project (ITUP) Conference in Sacramento. 

At the ITUP Conference, CaHPSA leaders heard more about the Healthy California for All Commission’s vision for a better healthcare system. As recipients of ITUP student scholarships, CaHPSA attendees learned about healthcare reform efforts from leading health policy experts and gained insight into advancing health equity. Students also heard directly from members of the Healthy California for All Commission, including Chair Mark Ghaly, MD, MPH; Governor’s Appointee Andy Schneider, JD; Legislature’s Appointees Anthony Wright and Sara Flocks, MPA; and Ex Officio Assemblymember Jim Wood, DDS. During the ITUP panel titled “Envisioning Health System Transformation,” CaHPSA students learned about the opportunities for large-scale health reform and possible paths to a single-payer healthcare system in California. 

As health justice advocates, CaHPSA will continue to advocate for healthcare reform bills that improve coverage, access, and cost. However, we also believe that larger-scale reform is needed to achieve a truly universal, affordable, and equitable system, including a single-payer healthcare system.

Contact us to learn more about future opportunities to attend health policy conferences and represent CaHPSA!

SIGN THE PETITION — California Needs a Master Plan for Health!

Join CaHPSA and our parent organization, California Physicians Alliance (CaPA), in asking the Healthy California for All Commission to consider the Road Map to Golden State Care!

California does not currently have a clear and detailed plan to get to universal healthcareAt a time when healthcare is a top concern for Californians, a Master Plan for Health to improve our system is exactly what is needed.

CaPA’s Road Map provides a step-by-step plan to achieve a universal, high-quality, accessible, and equitable healthcare system. It builds on California’s current system in three phases to avoid disruptions in access to care and to ensure stability at each phase. With a design specifically created to account for the unique needs of Californians, the Road Map can help lead the state to universal coverage.

By signing the Road Map Petition, you will join healthcare advocates in calling on the Healthy California for All Commission to review and consider the Road Map to Golden State Care as it prepares its initial report for Governor Newsom and the State Legislature by July 2020.

In order to advance the health of ALL Californians, we urge the Commission to develop a Master Plan for Health with the ultimate goal of establishing a healthcare system that is truly universal, equitable, high-quality, comprehensive, affordable, publicly-financed, and sustainable.

Click HERE to sign the Road Map Petition!
Stay tuned for our next issue of the CaHPSA E-Newsletter!
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CaHPSA is the student section of California Physicians Alliance (CaPA).
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