This California Senate bill would create the Healthy California program to provide comprehensive, universal, single-payer health care coverage and a health care cost control system for the benefit of all residents of the state. The program would incorporate and replace the health care benefits provided by other existing state and federal programs, including the state's Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Medi-Cal, and the federal Medicare program.
Covered benefits would include, but not be limited to:
- Inpatient and outpatient medical and health facility services
- Inpatient and outpatient professional health care medical services
- Diagnostic imaging and lab services
- Rehabilitative care
- Emergency services
- Preventive care
- Health and wellness education
- Hospice care
- Home health care
- Mental health services
- Substance abuse treatment
- Dental care
- Vision care
- Prescription drugs
- Pediatric care
- Prenatal and postnatal care
All California residents would be eligible to enroll in the program, for which no fee or payment would be required. Members of the program would not be required to pay any premium, copay, coinsurance, or deductible for covered benefits.
The bill will now go to a vote on the California Senate floor, where a vote is expected on or before June 2, 2017.
San Diego-Area Senators:
- Patricia Bates (R-36)
- Joel Anderson (R-38)
- Toni Atkins (D-39)
- Ben Hueso (D-40)
Call script for all California Senators:
"Hi, my name is _____ and I'm calling from _____ (city and zip code). I'm calling to ask Senator _____ to please vote in favor of SB-562, the Healthy California Act, on the Senate floor. I believe that health care is a right, and that single-payer represents the only moral and economically sound option for affordable health care. As Californians, we should be leading the way on health care, especially given the turmoil at the federal level, so please vote in favor of this bill. Thank you."