Physicians join Legislators to Advocate for Package of Bills that will Increase Access to Health Care

Sacramento, California - As part of the California Medical Association’s (CMA) Annual Lobby Day, physicians and legislators will join together in advocating for a package of bills that will increase access to health care throughout the state.

Assembly Bill 1805 (Skinner) would restore a 10 percent cut made to California’s Medicaid program (Medi-Cal) in 2011. Medi-Cal reimbursement rates are among the lowest in the nation, often reimbursing providers below the cost of care. Many Medi-Cal patients have difficulty finding providers able to care for them.  As millions of new patients enter the health care delivery system, reimbursement rates must be sustainable so that patients have real access to care.

Assembly Bill 1759 (Pan) extends the reimbursement increase for certain Medi-Cal primary care providers, currently  mandated by federal health care reform legislation , but  set to expire on December 31, 2014, through 2015 and indefinitely beyond.

Assembly Bill 1771 (V. Manuel Pérez) would increase access to care, especially in underserved areas, by requiring health insurance companies licensed in the State of California to pay contracted physicians for telephone and electronic patient management telehealth services.

Assembly Bill 2458 (Bonilla) would create additional residency positions to train very much needed primary care physicians by establishing the framework to administer grants to medical education residency programs at hospitals and teaching health centers.

AB 1805, 1759 and 2458 are being heard in Assembly Health Committee Tuesday, April 22 at 1:30 pm.

Who:

  • Assemblymember Nancy Skinner
  • Assemblymember Richard Pan, MD
  • Assemblymember V. Manuel Pérez
  • Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla
  • Richard Thorp, MD, CMA president
  • Adam Dougherty, Medical Student
  • Dozens of physicians and medical students from across the state

Legislators and physicians discuss importance of legislative package to increase access to health care in California at the California State Capitol Building (North Steps, facing L Street)

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