On April 9, California Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) introduced Assembly Bill 3087, which would establish a government-run commission with nine political appointees who would unilaterally set the price for all medical services that are not already controlled by the government. The commission would have the unprecedented authority to ration the timing and quality of care California patients receive by fixing the prices of the commercial health care market. The bill explicitly prohibits health care professionals from participating in the commission, and none of the political appointees are required to be patient-focused or have any tangible experience in the delivery of health care to patients. AB 3087 also ignores recommendations from the Assembly's own expert panel to achieve universal access to health care by implementing a comprehensive strategy to overcome the physician workforce shortage in California by removing barriers that prevent physicians and other clinicians from specializing in primary care and practicing in underserved areas. ACCMA, together with the California Medical Association (CMA), are actively campaigning against AB 3087, which will be heard in the Assembly Health Committee on April 24. Physicians are encouraged to contact their legislators now. To read more, click here. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact the ACCMA at accma@accma.org or (510) 654-5383.