June 1, 2017
By a 23-14 vote, the California Senate approved the Healthy California Act (SB-562) on June 1, 2017. If enacted into law, the bill would create a single payer, universal healthcare program for everyone in the state. The Senate passed the measure despite acknowledgment by some lawmakers that there remain many unanswered questions about how the program will work and be funded.
The bill still faces significant challenges. It must now move to the General Assembly where it is expected to meet serious opposition. If the General Assembly approves, Governor Jerry Brown, who has previously expressed concern about the cost of the program, must also approve the bill in order for it to become law.