California Health and Human Services

Healthy California for All Commission
“As our march toward universal coverage continues I am calling on the brightest minds– from public and private sectors– to serve in the Healthy California for All Commission to improve the health of our state." -Governor Gavin Newsom

NOTICE: Commission on Hiatus until February

This year has brought enormous challenges on both public health and economic fronts for the nation and for California – both for its government and its people. Wildfires that are occurring on an unprecedented scale have added additional complexity.

Responding to the immediate and increasingly complex health and human services needs of Californians necessarily is the immediate priority and focus of the Agency and of our partners, particularly our health care providers.

Achieving universal health care remains a critical priority for the Administration. The role of unified financing and strategies to improve outcomes and control costs is foundational to our work and requires serious consideration and attention. Given the importance of this issue and the impact of the confluence of crises we are facing together, we have made the difficult decision to suspend the activities of the Healthy California for All Commission for the remainder of 2020. We will plan to reconvene by no later than February to re-engage in the work of the Commission. By that time we should know more about California’s economy, a critical element to any State proposal for health reform, as well as know more about the national landscape.

During this hiatus, we encourage interested Californians to review the Commission’s recently completed report, An Environmental Analysis of Health Care Delivery, Coverage, and Financing in California. The report provides an assessment of health care in California today and describes opportunities to improve the health and health care of Californians through a statewide unified financing system.

Organizations, groups and members of the public who wish to provide formal comments on the report may submit them via email to After confirmation that comments conform to basic guidelines, described further below, documents will be posted at the Healthy California for All website in proximity to the report.

Public comments should:

  • Specifically mention Environmental Analysis comments in the email subject line
  • Be provided as a single PDF. We are unable to associate multiple documents provided as attachments. Within the PDF, links to material that is publicly accessible may be included.
  • Comply with California accessibility requirements
  • Not exceed 5,000 words in length
  • Be received by October 30, 2020

Thank you for your engagement with the work of the Healthy California for All Commission. Comments and questions may be addressed to


The Healthy California for All Commission will work to develop a plan for advancing progress toward achieving a health care delivery system for California that provides coverage and access through a unified financing system, including, but not limited to a single payer financing system. The Commission will prepare an initial report to the Governor and Legislature by July 2020 with a final report in February 2021.

Read the news release announcing the Healthy California for All Commission.

For questions and inquiries, please contact


Meeting Information


Postponed: Healthy California for All Commission – April 6, 2020 Meeting

In light of rapidly evolving circumstances surrounding the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency, the Healthy California for All Commission meeting previously scheduled for April 6, 2020 has been postponed. We will update Commissioners and the public on plans for future Commission meetings as soon as the situation becomes clearer. 

Comments and questions about the work of the Healthy California for All Commission may be submitted to

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Commission Members

  • Chair
  • Governor's Appointees
  • Legislature's Appointees
  • Ex Officio Members
  • Mark Ghaly, MD, MPH. Secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency
  • Carmen Comsti, JD.  Regulatory policy specialist at National Nurses United
  • Jennie Chin Hansen, RN.  Independent consultant at Hirsch and Associates, LLC
  • Sandra R. Hernández, MD.  President and CEO of the California Health Care Foundation
  • William C. Hsiao, PhD.  Research professor of economics in the Department of Health Policy and Management and Department of Global Health and Population at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Rupa Marya, MD.  Associate professor of medicine in the Division of Hospital Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine
  • Robert K. Ross, MD.  President and CEO of The California Endowment
  • Richard M. Scheffler, PhD.  Distinguished professor of health economics and public policy at the School of Public Health and the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley
  • Andy Schneider, JD.  Research professor of the practice at the Center for Children and Families in the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University
  • Sara Flocks, MPA. (Senate)  Policy coordinator at the California Labor Federation
  • Antonia Hernández, JD. (Assembly)  President and CEO of the California Community Foundation
  • Janice Rocco. (Senate)  Deputy commissioner for health policy reform at the California Department of Insurance
  • Anthony E Wright. (Assembly)  Executive director of Health Access California
  • Will Lightbourne. Director of the California Department of Health Care Services
  • Peter V. Lee, JD.  Executive director of Covered California
  • Donald B. Moulds, PhD.  Chief health director of CalPERS
  • Richard Pan, MD, MPH.  State Senator representing California’s 6th Senate district, chair of the Senate Committee on Health
  • Jim Wood, DDS.  Assemblymember representing California’s 2nd Assembly District, chair of the Assembly Health Committee

To learn more about the commission members, read their biographies.

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