Assembly Convenes Informational Hearing on Health Care Affordability

On Tuesday, the Assembly Health Committee, chaired by Assembly Member Jim Wood, convened a lengthy afternoon hearing to hear from a series of experts on health care affordability in California. Five panels covered topics such as health care spending in the state, health care cost drivers, the availability of health data in the state, health care industry consolidation, and options to control healthcare costs. The Assembly Health Committee provided a brief background paper on the issues addressed during the hearing. Members of the committee focused the majority of their questions on how to make health insurance more affordable as well as transparent for consumers.

The a video of the hearing can be viewed here. Presentations for most of the hearing speakers are listed below:

Health Care Spending

Health Care Cost Drivers

Availability of Cost, Price, and Spending Data in California

Health Care Industry Consolidation

Options for Controlling Costs