The policy changes announced last week by the U.S. Department of Justice will not result in any change to Kaiser Permanente's strong commitment to promoting diversity and a culture of inclusion — among employees, physicians, members and customers.
The block grant proposal in the Graham-Cassidy bill would erode coverage of needed medical services and pose major issues for state budgets. Repealing the individual mandate without alternative incentives for enrollment will lead to fewer people enrolled and higher premiums.
We have concerns about the single payer bill introduced this week in the U.S. Senate. We are in favor of universal coverage, but we think it’s important to be clear that “single payer” and “universal coverage” are not synonymous, and that “single payer” can mean lots of different things to different people.
Kaiser Permanente believes progress in health care should be judged on access, affordability and outcomes. Changes to our nation’s health care laws, therefore, should increase access to high-quality, affordable care and coverage for as many people as possible. The “skinny” repeal measure currently being discussed in the U.S. Senate apparently does not meet any of those standards.
The California Department of Managed Health Care and Kaiser Permanente jointly announced a settlement agreement to resolve issues related to Kaiser Permanente’s mental health care. It is an acknowledgment of the significant achievements that Kaiser Permanente has made in our ongoing work to improve mental health care in California.
Any changes to our nation’s health care laws should maintain or increase the availability of high-quality, affordable care for as many people as possible, which is something that Kaiser Permanente has stood for all along.