CLUE Guide to the Healthy California Act (SB 562)

What is SB-562?

SB 562 is designed to address the current healthcare crisis in the U.S. to ensure that California residents will be provided with comprehensive health care and coverage for all their medical needs. It will ensure that all residents of the state have a right to health care. This bill will combat the rising healthcare costs to individuals, employers and taxpayers as well as the restricted access to coverage.

The Healthy California Act has 8 major proponents (Healthy California, 2017):

  1. Guarantee of healthcare to ALL California Residents.

  2. Beneficiaries can choose any provider with a proposed no out-of-pocket costs for covered services.

  3. Medicare Part B co-pays will be eliminated.

  4. Lower prescription drug costs.

  5. Advances from the Affordable Care Act will be improved upon.

  6. Less emphasis on “insurance company bureaucracy” which will decrease bill collectors and “company run-around.”

  7. Payroll and income premium will replace current insurance company premiums, co-pays and deductibles essentially eliminating large premium increases.

  8. A diverse group of advisors and designers will come together to create the program to ensure a holistic approach.

 

What will happen when it becomes law?

According to Healthy California (2017), “When enacted, the Healthy California Act will guarantee that every resident of California will receive comprehensive healthcare services. It’s like Medicare for All. Individuals will have free choice of licensed health professionals and services. Covered benefits will include services to keep people healthy—mentally and physically—as well as those services that diagnose and treat diseases. In addition to emergency services, surgeries, and hospital stays, services such as home health care, day care and hospice are covered. Vision and dental care are also included. The Healthy California Act has been crafted to provide a single high standard of safe, therapeutic care for all California residents in a manner that is financially sustainable.”  Click here to learn more.

SB-562 will essentially combat health care reforms taking place at the federal level in hopes that all Californians can continue to have health care and provide further coverage to those who do not currently have access to adequate healthcare.

 

What is the current standing of this act?

SB 562 is in the State Senate (current as of 4/18). It has been read twice and amended both times. It has been referred to the Committee on Health and is set for their input on April 26, 2017Join the coalition in the State Capital on 4/26 to help pass SB 562!

 

What can we do to support it?

  1. Write to, call or email your local Senator who represents your district and ask them to vote YES on SB-562. Explain the urgency of this bill for your own community and how their constituents will directly benefit from this bill during your call/letter. Click here to find your local legislative representative. It is vital that only Senators be called at this time, as they are the ones who are currently responsible for voting for this act. If the bill passes in the Senate on April 25, then Assembly Members should be called.

  2. Join in support through signing the pledge and stating to assist in the process of this act. Click here to join the official campaign.

  3. Share your health care story to help everyone see the need for a universal healthcare system which provides coverage for everyone. Click here to share your own story.


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