Michael Lighty, president of Healthy California Now, spoke with State of Reform on the importance of SB 770 days before it was signed. The bill established a framework for California to create a systemwide unified financing approach for healthcare that is committed to guaranteeing services that are not based on profit or financial incentives.
“A fundamental principle of SB 770 is that we can create a healthcare system statewide that guarantees healthcare on an equitable basis. And so, what we’re able to do if the governor signs the bill, is initiate discussions with the federal government on how we can utilize federal money and support to create such a system.” — Lighty
Under SB 770, patients will not have to worry about insurance copayments and deductibles—which sometimes ring up thousands of dollars before insurance kicks in. Additionally, patients will no longer face the difficulty of finding providers who are in-network.