We can prevent a public health crisis

Impending rule change threatens access to life-saving medicines

A critical safety-net for Californians is at stake. Independent community pharmacies across our state are facing drastic cuts that threaten access to essential life-saving medicines among California’s most vulnerable Medi-Cal beneficiaries – roughly three million people.

Pharmacy Benefit Managers Harm Patients

Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) operate in the shadows of the healthcare system, largely escaping the scrutiny of government regulation and licensure. In 2018, we started our fight against Pharmacy Benefit Managers with the passage of AB 315, which will bring greater transparency to the industry. 



It's time for action

Californians for Access to Life-Saving Medicine was formed to educate state leaders about the catastrophic consequences the Brown Administration decision will have on California’s most vulnerable populations, local communities and neighborhood pharmacies.

Californians for Access to Life-Saving Medicine is asking Governor Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders to suspend implementation of the Brown Administration’s rule so that an alternative solution that protects Medi-Cal beneficiaries and the ability of community pharmacies to fill prescriptions can be identified. Our goal is to find an alternative that protects peoples’ access to life-saving medicine regardless of where they live, their ethnicity, immigration status or ability to pay.

We hope that community partners, pharmacies and patients will join Californians for Access to Life-Saving Medicine. Together, we can work to ensure all Californians continue to have access to the medicine they need.

Why Californians Care

“If these rules remain in place, we risk creating a public health crisis. We believe — and we know — California can do better.”

Tom Renfree

Deputy Director, Substance Use Disorder Services at County Behavioral Health Directors Association of California

“I’ve worked on the front lines of providing health care and I’m extremely concerned by these new DHCS rules.”

Liz Helms

President and Chief Executive Officer, California Chronic Care Coalition

“Without these pharmacies, many patients will have nowhere to go.”

Eric Robles

Director, Political and Legislative Affairs, United Nurses Associations of California/Union of Healthcare Professionals

“The new lower DHCS reimbursement rates and retroactive claw backs drastically hurt our ability to serve these Medi-Cal patients.”

Dr. Ken Thai

Chief Executive Officer, 986 Degrees Pharmacy, President-Elect, California Pharmacists Association