Health Care

Protecting Access to Health Care for All Californians

Attorney General Becerra is committed to protecting access to health care for all Californians. Health care is a right, and the Attorney General will fight for your right to access all health care services.

Protecting Our Seniors

The Attorney General vigorously defends and protects California’s seniors from abuse and bad actors in health care.

  1. Elder Abuse Page

Standing Up for Working Families and People with Disabilities

The Attorney General will make sure that working families and people with disabilities can access the health care they need.

  1. Bureau of Medicaid Fraud and Elder Abuse
  2. People with Disabilities
  3. Child Abuse

Standing Up for Women's Reproductive Rights and Access to Constitutionally Protected Health Care

The Attorney General is committed to defending comprehensive access to women’s reproductive health care.

Amicus Briefs Supporting Reproductive Health

  1. Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio et al v. Hodges
  2. West Alabama Women’s Center v. Dr. Thomas Miller
  3. Zubik v. Burwell
  4. Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt
  5. Burwell v. Hobby Lobby
  6. McCullen v. Coakley

For more information regarding these briefs, please visit the Civil Rights Major Initiatives page.

Reproductive Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care and Transparency (FACT) Act

The California Reproductive FACT requires licensed clinics that provide family planning or pregnancy-related services to provide a notice to consumers regarding their reproductive rights. Specifically, it requires crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) to inform patients that California has public programs that provide immediate free or low-cost access to comprehensive family planning services, prenatal care, and abortion, for eligible women.

LGBTQ Health Equality

The Attorney General will stand up for our LGBTQ Californians’ right to access all health care services.

Amicus Briefs

  1. Franciscan Alliance v. Burwell
  2. Fulcher v. Secretary of Veterans Affairs

For more information regarding these briefs, please visit the Civil Rights Major Initiatives page.

Protecting Access to Care

  1. Nonprofit hospital sales

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Fighting for Affordable Health Care

Protecting Coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

House v. Price filing

  1. Background on case: The cost-sharing subsidies help working families to access more affordable health care coverage by helping individuals with incomes between $11,880 and $29,700. The Kaiser Family Foundation projects premiums will increase by 19% on average across the country to compensate if there is a loss of the subsidy payments, finding that the premium increases would be higher in states that have not expanded Medicaid (premium increases of 21%). House Republicans sued the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services during the Obama Administration, challenging the legality of making the cost-sharing subsidies. A district court judge ruled in favor of the House, but the ruling was appealed in order to protect access to health care, and the subsidies were permitted to continue pending appeal. After the 2016 election, the House requested that the case be held in suspension while newly-elected President Trump had time to make decisions regarding the case. During this time, the President has continually played politics with people’s access to affordable health care, including threatening to shut down the federal government by taking health care subsidies away from Americans who need health care.
  2. Case Status and Updates

Anti-trust

  1. Pharmaceuticals
  2. Insurance Companies
  3. Hospitals

For more information regarding these briefs, please visit the Anti-trust Highlights page.

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Standing Up for Patient-Centered, Quality Health Care

The Department of Justice will put patients first in a more quality health care system. We achieve this by protecting patients from bad actors and working to ensure medical information is secure and private.

  1. Protecting Patients
    1. Consumer Law - Health Page
      1. Medical Device Safety
      2. Prescription Drugs
    2. Protecting Patient Data and Privacy

For more information, please visit the Consumer Law Page.

Combatting the Prescription Drug Overdose Epidemic

The number of Californians that are overdosing due to prescription drugs has been rising. California has the third-highest number of deaths related to opioid overdose, and the number of emergency room visits due to opioids continues to rise. California has one of the oldest prescription drug monitoring programs in the country, Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES), which helps law enforcement, providers, and policymakers better identify overprescribing and substance disorder abuse.

  1. CURES
  2. California Opioid Dashboard

Environment and Public Health

  1. Environment and Public Health Home
  2. Environmental Complaint
  3. Environmental Justice
  4. Health in All Policies
  5. Greenwashing

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