On Wednesday, May 16, the Assembly Appropriations Committee will be considering AB 3087 (Kalra), which would create a commission of unelected political appointees empowered to arbitrarily cap rates for all health care services in all clinics, hospitals, and physician practices in California. By unilaterally setting the price for all medical services, the bill would essentially eliminate the commercial health care market in California.

Tell your legislator to vote no on this dangerous and irresponsible piece of legislation. East Bay legislators Rob Bonta and Bill Quirk both serve on the Assembly Appropriations Committee and will have the opportunity to help stop AB 3087 before it gets to the Assembly floor. You can reach their Capitol Offices at the numbers below:

  • Assemblymember Rob Bonta, Assembly District 18: (916) 319-2018
  • Assemblymember Bill Quirk, Assembly District 20: (916) 319-2020

Physicians can also visit actnow.io/PriceFixing to ask their legislators to stop this dangerous bill.

Talking Points

  • AB 3087 would roll back the historic gains in improving coverage and access to care that California has made in its embrace of the Affordable Care Act.
  • AB 3087 is a poorly conceived, unprecedented threat to patient access to health care that goes against the Assembly’s own expert recommendations on how to achieve universal access to health care.
  • At a time when California faces a shortage of primary care physicians and difficulty in providing care for a growing population, AB 3087 would lead to physicians closing their practices, choosing to retire or move to other states.
  • Despite its promise to bring down health care costs for consumers, AB 3087 does nothing to limit co-pays or deductibles.
  • If enacted, AB 3087 would make California the only state in the country attempting to implement this policy of inflexible, government-mandated price caps.

If you have any questions, please contact the ACCMA at 510-654-5383 or accma@accma.org.