SB-562: Healthy California Act

(Last updated May 29, 2017)

Summary

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.

Status

Introduced into the California Senate on February 17, 2017 by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-33) and Senator Toni Atkins (D-39). Referred to the Senate Committee on Health.

The Senate Committee on Health voted 5-2 to pass the bill on April 26, 2017. Senator Janet Nguyen (R-34) and Senator Jim Nielsen (R-4) voted against.

The Senate Committee on Appropriations voted 5-2 to pass the bill on May 25, 2017. Senator Pat Bates (R-36) and Senator Jim Nielsen (R-4) voted against.

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:

Call Script

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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."

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