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12 08, 2022

Healthy California for All Commission Releases Report on Strategies to Implement Unified Financing Single-Payer System

The Healthy California for All Commission, established in 2019 through Senate Bill 104, was created to advance efforts towards a health care system that delivers affordable, equitable, accessible, high quality health care for all Californians through a unified financing system. Two of the Commission recommendations have already been implemented this year. First, with the expansion of Medi-Cal eligibility to all adults between the ages of 26-49 regardless of immigration status, all California residents are now eligible for the full scope of Medi-Cal benefits. Second, the state passed legislation that established the Office of Health [...]

Healthy California for All Commission Releases Report on Strategies to Implement Unified Financing Single-Payer System
25 07, 2022

SB 184

This bill would establish, within HCAI, the Office of Health Care Affordability to analyze the health care market for cost trends and drivers of spending, develop data-informed policies for lowering health care costs for consumers and purchasers, set and enforce cost targets, and create a state strategy for controlling the cost of health care and ensuring affordability for consumers and purchasers. The bill would also establish the Health Care Affordability Board , composed of 8 members, appointed as prescribed, and the Health Care Affordability Advisory Committee. The bill would require the board to establish [...]

SB 184
15 07, 2022

California Establishes Office of Healthcare Affordability with Approval of 2022-2023 State Budget

On June 30, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed the 2022-2023 state budget, which includes a trailer bill (SB 184) that provides funding to establish the highly anticipated Office of Healthcare Affordability (OHCA) within the Department of Health Care Access and Information (HCAI). California joins a number of other states including Massachusetts, Oregon, and Rhode Island, as it becomes the latest state to establish a healthcare cost commission. This is a promising step forward in California’s efforts to control health care costs while ensuring high quality and broad accessibility. The main roles of OHCA are [...]

California Establishes Office of Healthcare Affordability with Approval of 2022-2023 State Budget
14 07, 2022

California AG Considers Cross-Market Effects in Merger Review and Conditional Approval of USC Health System and Methodist Hospital Affiliation

As federal agencies including the FTC and DOJ step up antitrust enforcement efforts in response to Biden's executive order to revamp competition in the healthcare market, more and more healthcare entities are turning to less traditional consolidation that did not previously trigger antitrust scrutiny, such as "cross-market" mergers, which involve providers that do not directly compete in the same geographic market.[1] This month in Litigation and Enforcement Highlights, we take a look at the latest merger review and conditional approval of a proposed cross-market transaction in California, the third of its kind in the [...]

California AG Considers Cross-Market Effects in Merger Review and Conditional Approval of USC Health System and Methodist Hospital Affiliation