In his first acts as California governor, Gavin Newsom, proposed a series of executive orders and proposals to expand health care in his state:
- Reinstate the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate on the state level
- Expand state’s health insurance program, Medi-Cal, coverage for middle income families (up to 600% of FPL) and undocumented immigrants (up to age 26).
- Give Medi-Cal new powers to negotiate drug prices (currently those prices are negotiated by a combination of public and private entities)
- Called on the federal government to lift limitations on California from pursuing a government-funded “single payer” health care system.
The last item was submitted in the form of a letter to the President and leaders of Congress, the full text of which is attached in a PDF.
For a quick summary of what the letter proposes, watch this short video from the Sacramento Bee.