Last week, CHA issued an alert asking
hospital leaders to urge state and federal lawmakers to allocate
billions more in funding to support hospitals and health systems
in their efforts to fight COVID-19 and help California safely
reopen. A House bill has been introduced and is expected to be
voted on Friday, so letters to representatives
are needed before then.
Gov. Newsom today announced his administration’s 2020-21 state
budget plan, including several proposals related to health
care policy. One key component would establish an Office of
Health Care Affordability, responsible for developing specific
strategies and cost targets for the health care field, including
enhancing transparency and ultimately creating savings for
consumers; this will likely include a focus on hospital costs in
the different regions of the state. CHA will provide more details
as they become available.