CHA News Article

Rate-Setting Legislation Fails Passage

Assembly Bill 3087 (Kalra, D-San Jose) failed to pass the Assembly Appropriations Committee today. The bill would have established a new state commission to set commercial reimbursement rates for hospitals, doctors, dentists and others based on a multiplier of what Medicare pays, and could have been potentially devastating to hospitals’ financial viability. CHA led a comprehensive effort against the bill, including conducting numerous media interviews, placing opinion editorials, providing testimony to the Assembly Health Committee and waging a digital advocacy campaign. In addition, California hospitals sent over 100 letters of opposition, delivering a powerful message to the Assembly Health Committee.

CHA recognizes that health care affordability will be an ongoing issue in the Legislature and will work to address it in a way that meets the needs of health care consumers while preserving hospitals’ capacity to deliver care in their communities.