Sen. Ricardo Lara on Thursday released some provisions of a proposed single-payer health care system that would drastically alter California’s insurance market, but details about how it would be financed are still pending.
Under the single-payer plan, the state would negotiate prices for services and prescriptions with providers, pharmaceutical companies and others.
Californians would be required to participate in the public program and insurance companies would be barred from offering coverage for services already included in the the plan, according to Lara’s office.
California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones told The Sacramento Bee on March 8, 2017 that other countries have cheaper insurance and better health outcomes because of their single-payer health care systems.
The Healthy California Act, also known as Senate Bill 562, would cover all medical care, including inpatient, outpatient, emergency care, dental, vision, mental health and nursing home care, according to a press release from Lara’s office.
The bill would eliminate co-pays and insurance deductibles, allow Californians to choose their doctor and referrals would not be required.
A nine-member unpaid board appointed by the governor and Legislature would oversee the health system. An advisory committee, consisting of doctors, nurses, consumers and other health care providers, also would guide public policy.
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