SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KSEE / KGPE) – A bill and state constitutional amendment to create a free universal healthcare system in the state was officially unveiled in Sacramento on Thursday.
House Bill 1400 would establish universal health care under the name CalCare, providing “full universal coverage of single-payer health care.” The amendment then specifies how the system would be financed.
Under the proposal, all California residents would be eligible and allowed to register as a member of CalCare. There would be no fees, payments, bonuses, co-payments, deductibles or other charges.
A member will not be required to pay any fees, payment or other fees to register or be a member of CalCare.
Assembly Bill 1400
Covered health care benefits would include:
- Medical and health establishments
- 24 hour emergency services
- Prescription drugs
- Medical equipement
- Mental Health
- Reproductive, maternity and newborn care
- Antenatal and postnatal care
- Oral health (dentistry) and vision services
- Emergency services and transportation
- Palliative care and skilled nursing facilities
CalCare Service Providers would be any provider physically present in the State of California and licensed to operate in California.
In support of the proposal, the legislation cites increased health care costs for residents and businesses, services denied because of “economic needs rather than patients” of a health plan, and billions of dollars. dollars spent on administrative care instead of focusing on patient care. rather.
The method of payment for the system is detailed in Constitutional Amendment ACA-11. The taxes payable for the system include:
- Annual excise tax on businesses with income of $ 2 million of 2.3%
- Payroll tax for employers with 50 or more resident employees of 1.25%
- For workers earning more than $ 49,000, a payroll tax of 1%
- Personal income tax for those earning $ 149,509 or more
The amendment would require voter approval before it goes into effect. Assembly Bill 1400 must be passed by the Assembly by the end of January in order to advance through the legislature this year. A hearing on the bill is scheduled for next week.
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