The California State Senate in late May passed SB 562, which would move the state to a single-payer healthcare system. On June 23, California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon announced the bill would remain in a rules committee “until further notice.” However, because the California legislature sits in a two-year session, the action does not mean the bill is dead. On the contrary, Rendon says, it gives legislators time to debate and discuss much-needed changes to healthcare that could have national implications.

“The Senate can use that time to fill the holes in SB 562 and pass and send to the Assembly workable legislation that addresses financing, delivery of care and cost control,” Rendon says.

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