Governor Newsom was sworn in on Monday as acting governor of California and in his first move as governor, he made steps to decrease costs of prescription drugs and provide health care for all Californians.
Newsom's first budget proposal includes expanding the Affordable Care Act to middle-income families, as well providing coverage to undocumented adults through Medi-Cal.
Newsom also signed an executive order to create a California Surgeon General, as well as creating a single-purchaser system for prescription drugs, meaning Californians and private companies will be able to negotiate prescription drug costs rather than individual suppliers dealing with individual companies and hospitals.
“No state has more at stake on the issue of health care. California must lead,” said Governor Newsom. "We will use our market power and our moral power to demand fairer prices for prescription drugs. And we will continue to move closer to ensuring health care for every Californian.”
Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee issued a statement regarding the announcements by Newsom.
“We applaud Governor Newsom for building on the strong foundation of the Affordable Care Act in his first official action. At a time of ongoing uncertainty from Washington, the governor is not only embracing policies that will lower the cost of coverage for millions in the individual market, he is also offering increased help to those who are struggling with rising costs," Lee said.