Blue Shield of California is hoping to steer consumers to “preferred” pharmacies where drugs are cheaper and copays lower.
The state has one of the highest rates of small business owners who get health coverage through the Affordable Care Act.
Wood, who chairs the Assembly Health Committee, lays out his priorities for 2017.
Gov. Jerry Brown said he will work with other governors and lawmakers to prevent a loss of federal health dollars that could “devastate” the state’s budget.
States could continue to cover people under the ACA or create new approaches, according to a bill introduced Monday. Many Democrats fear such state options won’t draw enough federal funding and will fragment coverage nationwide.
Despite health law uncertainty, more than 25,000 new consumers chose new plans in just two days this week.
After the recent election of Republicans who have vowed to repeal the Affordable Care Act, one of the nation’s oldest environmental groups says it’s on board to help save it.
Some of Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s constituents fear his vow to repeal Obamacare now and replace it later could rob them of coverage.
California officials jumped at the chance to cover millions more low-income people by expanding its Medicaid program. Now, health policymakers and advocates fear the Trump administration and a Republican-ruled Congress will roll back the state’s progress.
Trump and leading Republicans like the idea. Some policymakers and experts say it wasn’t viable in the first place.
Despite heavy opposition from the pharmaceutical industry and skepticism from policy experts, many voters see Proposition 61 as a way to protest the nation’s mounting drug prices.
The insurer is on the hook for $25 million in refunds to about 240,000 enrollees with employer coverage.
New workplace health rules in California would go beyond existing safety standards by requiring private health care facilities to develop specific plans to mitigate risks of violence against workers.
UCLA health policy expert Gerald Kominski says a “public option” health plan would look a lot like private insurance, and politics will determine whether it would happen on a state or national level.
Advocates hope better data will help ethnic communities.
The state tax would boost the Medi-Cal budget by millions, but it’s unclear how the money will be distributed. And that’s by design.
The initiative would prohibit California state agencies from paying more for a prescription drug than what the Department of Veterans Affairs pays. Both sides are deploying veterans’ sympathetic and trusted image to win over voters.
A closer look shows that industry lobbying was just one factor in EpiPen’s sales explosion.
A Northern California clinic network is overwhelmed with Medi-Cal patients after the Affordable Care Act rollout.
A double-digit increase, which follows two years of moderate rate hikes, is likely to resonate across the country in debate over Obamacare.