CPMA Members Help Deal Resounding DEFEAT to Proposed State Regulation of Healthcare Prices - AB 3087!

On Friday, May 25, the California Podiatric Medical Association (CPMA) helped kill Assembly Bill 3087 (Kalra) – dangerous legislation that would have created a commission of unelected political appointees empowered to arbitrarily cap rates for all healthcare services in all clinics, hospitals, and physician practices in California. Due in large part to staunch opposition by doctors and hospitals, the bill died in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

 Key to the bill’s demise was a groundswell of physician opposition. CPMA engaged in a full press grassroots effort, which resulted in hundreds of members contacting their legislative representatives, because AB 3087 would have:

  • Devastated California’s healthcare delivery system;
  • Disrupted care and further restricted access and choice for millions of California patients;
  • Harmed California’s economy by causing tens- of-thousands of healthcare workers to lose their jobs;
  • Forced hospitals closures across the state; and
  • Caused a “brain drain” of talented medical students and residents fleeing California for less onerous conditions.

 The California Podiatric Medical Association applauds the Assembly for recognizing that this deeply flawed legislation would have resulted in enormous costs to the state and restricted access to care to millions of its citizens. CPMA remains committed to working with stakeholders on developing practical solutions to address the affordability and accessibility of healthcare in California.