Assembly Convenes Second Hearing on Universal Health Care
December 14, 2017
The legislative committee tasked with exploring the concept of universal health care in California heard more than seven hours of information and testimony this week in Los Angeles. The Assembly Select Committee on Health Care Delivery Systems and Universal Coverage met for the second time to hear from experts from other states that have implemented some form of universal coverage, including Vermont, Hawaii, and Massachusetts.
The committee also heard about the Healthy San Francisco coverage initiative and received information on how a Medicaid buy-in proposal could work. Members also heard about cost containment issues from Maryland and Massachusetts, and again received public comment.
Co-chaired by Assembly Members Jim Wood and Joaquin Arambula, the committee was formed by Assembly Speaker Rendon in response to his decision to hold SB 562 (Lara and Atkins) this session. The bill, sponsored by the California Nurses Association, sought to erect a single-payer health system in California but did not include financing details. The select committee is tasked with examining the issue and seeking public comment. No hearings have been set for 2018 yet, but the committee is likely to meet again once the Legislature reconvenes.
Presentations to the committee are available here.