WRITE to Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Santa Rosa), chair of the the Assembly Health Committee, asking that the committee oppose, unless amended, Assembly Bill (AB) 1130, related to the Office of Health Care Affordability; and oppose AB 1132, related to health care integration. CHA has developed template letters about both bills for your use (see below). Please send copies of your letters to Dawn Vicari at email@example.com.
Send your letters by 2 p.m. (PT), March 30.
AB 1130 – Oppose Unless Amended: Template Letter (.docx)
AB 1130 (Wood) proposes an Office of Health Care Affordability with potentially devastating access and quality consequences. While hospitals support the goal of improving health care affordability and reducing the rate of growth in health care costs, CHA is concerned hospitals could be forced to make predetermined policy decisions with potentially devastating access and quality consequences. CHA is working with the administration and Dr. Wood to secure amendments that address the proposed unrealistic timeline, an overly detailed and unworkable framework, and the potential for unintended consequences that would threaten expanding access to care.
AB 1132 – Oppose: Template Letter (.docx)
AB 1132 (Wood) would create an environment that will restrict Californians’ access to care, reduce the quality of care they receive, and, as underscored by the COVID-19 pandemic, remove the unique, life-saving support hospital integration can bring to communities during a crisis. The bill would upend the relationships between hospitals, physicians, and other affiliates and permanently alter these long-standing arrangements that are fundamental to organizing coordinated care. It would also give unprecedented decision-making authority to the Attorney General to be the sole arbiter of accessibility and availability of health care in California. Ultimately, over the long term, AB 1132 would virtually end the ability for any hospital to participate in managed care arrangements or to affiliate with another health care organization.