Our nation’s health care system is financially inaccessible for too many people — especially in California where the cost of living is second-highest in the country. Hospitals, a pillar of the system and often the largest employer in their communities, understand the challenges and have been working for years to slow the rate of growth in health care spending. But making a real difference for Californians will take an equal effort from others: insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, doctors, government agencies, labor unions, and more. California’s hospitals stand ready to do our part and are eager to work with other stakeholders to tackle this challenge.
Fixing health care’s affordability problem will require a team effort. In this issue brief, we outline several practical, achievable steps that can directly reduce the rate of growth in health care spending for consumers.
This infographic shows hospitals’ primary sources of payment — Medicare and Medi-Cal, which chronically underfund hospital services, and commercial insurers, which make up the difference.
This infographic shows how hospitals are doing their part to make health care more affordable. Now, it’s time for others (like commercial insurers) to step up.
CHA has developed the attached key messaging document to share the principles that guide our strategy related to health care affordability.
On Wednesday, CHA issued an Alert, asking hospitals to write to the chair of the Assembly Health Committee and urge members to 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 AB 1130 and AB 1132 for members’ use. Hospitals are asked to send […]