UC Researchers Advise Healthy California for All Commission

By Laura Kurtzman

Researchers at the University of California will serve as expert policy guides for the Healthy California for All Commission, which has been charged by the governor and state legislature with developing a path toward universal health coverage in California, including a possible single payer system.

Andrew Bindman, MD, will serve as principal investigator of the two-year contract with Healthy California for All Commission.

“I think this really reflects that California’s political leaders are focused on making sure that healthcare is available to everyone in the state,” said Andrew Bindman, MD, professor of medicine at UCSF, and a researcher at the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies at UCSF. “We’re thrilled that the university has the opportunity to offer our expertise to support a good faith effort to expand access and control costs—and ultimately make for better healthcare for all Californians.”

Bindman, who helped to draft the Affordable Care Act, will serve as principal investigator of the two-year contract, which also involves researchers at UC Berkeley, UCLA and UC San Diego. The team includes Ken Jacobs and Laurel Lucia, both labor experts from UC Berkeley; health economist Gerald Kominski, PhD, from UCLA; and Richard Kronick, PhD, at UC San Diego.

The Healthy California for All Commission, which will include members appointed by Gov. Gavin Newsom, as well as the state legislature, will begin working early next year. It is expected to produce a report by the end of next summer and make recommendations to the state legislature in early 2021.