October 07, 2016
Area(s) of Interest: Advocacy
The delivery of health care, and its costs, remains at the forefront of California politics. Dramatic changes, such as the Affordable Care Act, escalating health care premiums, consolidation of health plans, rising drug costs and the implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), continue to create uncertainty in the marketplace, causing a relatively new state legislature to question nearly every aspect of health care delivery in California. The result during the 2016-2017 legislative session was a record number of significant legislative challenges to the core policy beliefs of the California Medical Association (CMA).
CMA Senior Vice President of Government Relations Janus Norman has published his annual Legislative Wrap-Up, which provides an insider's take on what went down this session—including the great opportunities, great threats and great compromises faced by the House of Medicine.
"Change is happening, and change will continue to happen," said Norman. "CMA's charge must be to look into the future and act boldly to shape the world of health care in a way that is most favorable for all physicians and their patients."
CMA's 2016 Legislative Wrap-Up, "Yet Again, We Rise," also includes a comprehensive list of all the major bills that CMA followed this year and their outcomes.
The wrap-up is available to members only in CMA's online resource library.