Protect California's Vulnerable Population and Support Guaranteed Health Care for All

Protect California's Vulnerable Population and Support Guaranteed Health Care for All

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California is one of the most racially, ethnically, and economically diverse states in the country with the senior population (60+) expected to grow three times as fast as the general population. Currently over 2.7 million California residents are uninsured with millions more unable to afford the cost of medications, copays, and share of cost (NASW, 2021). The United States spends far more on health care that other industrialized nations, yet provides less services and has worse health outcomes, including increased morbidity and shorter life expectancy (NASW, 2021). The United States also has one of the highest infant mortality rates of developed countries (CDC, 2018). 

Assembly Bill 1400 California Guaranteed Health Care for All Act (CalCare) will ensure that all Californians have access to health care services and will effectively eliminate discrimination against marginalized populations. AB-1400 will allow California to seek federal waivers from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to establish a single-payer health care program, consolidate health care dollars, increase benefits, and eliminate cost-sharing (NASW, 2021). Additionally, CalCare will control health care costs by ensuring reimbursements are aligned with the exact cost of care. CalCare will be established as an independent public organization. It will be presided over by a total of nine members that will make up the executive board. Members will be competent in health care policy and delivery (NASW, 2021).

CalCare will ensure that California state residents have access to all-inclusive healthcare coverage including, but not limited to the following: primary and preventive care, inpatient and outpatient services, and affordable prescriptions. It will also provide long-term services to the elderly and individuals with disabilities. Additionally, residents will be offered the above services without having to pay premiums or deductibles; patients will not be invoiced any out of pocket costs. CalCare will also work to address any health care disparities by funding the construction of facilities in underserved communities (NASW, 2021). In addition the legislation will protect healthcare consumers' personally identifiable information from being obtained by authorities (California Legislative Information, 2021). AB-1400 will prevent providers from discriminating against Californians regardless of their status (NASW, 2021).

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https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhis/earlyrelease/insur202009-508.pdf
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK221653/
https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=202120220AB1400
https://www.naswca.org/page/164

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