In mid August, the Senate passed a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, followed by a $3.5 trillion budget blueprint reconciliation bill passed on party-lines that would make it possible to expand education, child care, climate change initiatives and health care, including many key improvements to Medicare. While the road ahead to passage could be arduous, if the House … [Read more...] about Tell Congress to Say Yes to Medicare Improvements ~ Now is the Time!
In July, Governor Newsom and the Legislature passed as historic budget that invests in all walks of life for Californians. For older adults, this budget is great news; it addresses all 5 goals of the Master Plan for Aging and reverses some long-standing cuts from the Great Recession. Some of the highlights include a phased-in reversal of the Supplemental Security Income … [Read more...] about Final California Budget Makes Historic Investments for Older Adults
Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that the Office for Civil Rights will interpret and enforce Section 1557 of the Health Care Rights Law and Title IX’s prohibitions on discrimination based on sex to include both discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation AND gender identity. This action reverses a policy put into place during the Trump … [Read more...] about Biden Administration Reinstates Protections for LGBTQ Against Health Care Discrimination
In a letter to Congress co-led by Families USA and Community Catalyst, California Health Advocates joined over 215 organizations representing consumers advocates, labor, equity organizations, providers, plans, patients, public health organizations, child advocates, disability rights groups, aging organizations, and more issued strong support for the American Rescue Plan, … [Read more...] about CHA Joins Over 200 Organizations in Supporting Health Coverage Provisions in COVID Relief Package
On December 12th, the U.S. House of Representative passed a historic piece of legislation, Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act (H.R. 3) by a vote of 230-192. If signed into law, this legislation would significantly reduce the cost of prescription drugs for beneficiaries and Medicare, including authorizing Medicare to negotiate prices for certain drugs and capping … [Read more...] about House Passes Historic Bill to Lower Drug Prices & Expand Medicare