Various researchers and legislators have proposed plans for universal healthcare coverage in the state of California. One such proposal was written by Steve Shortell and Richard Scheffler, both Professors at the School of Public Health.
The proposal estimates universal coverage costing $17 billion, all coming from different funding sources. Their estimate is higher than others have proposed because theirs does not include expanding Medi-Cal coverage. Scheffler and Shortell say they hope their ideas are a starting point for debate and will inspire action by state legislators.
“We’re hoping for some interest from Sacramento,” Scheffler said.