Advocates Sue To Change The ‘Nursing Cliff’ In California

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It was some 21st birthday present.  When Pablo Carranza turned 21 in September, California’s Medicaid agency notified him that the around-the-clock nursing care he receives at the Chula Vista, Calif., home he shares with his mother would be sharply cut back. Carranza has muscular dystrophy and can only move his left thumb and his eyes. The […]

Health Care Stakes Are High In California

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More than any other state, California has wagered heavily on the Affordable Care Act. If a Romney administration follows through with its vow to undo the health law, the state’s early expansion of Medicaid, its online insurance marketplace and other reforms will have an uncertain future.

Voters’ Voices: Three Reagan Democrats Talk Medicare

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The Reagan Democrats of the 1980s are older and and many are on Medicare, a program that the GOP wants to alter dramatically. Do they still hold true to the Gipper’s smaller government ethos, even if it might mean big changes to the program for seniors and the disabled?

Long-Term Care A Big Time Worry in California, Study Finds

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It turns out Republicans and Democrats do have something they can agree on this election season – they’re worried about how to pay for long-term care when they or a family member can no longer live at home. A new poll released Wednesday by The SCAN Foundation and the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research […]

Where In The World Is Jerry Brown?

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California’s Jerry Brown, the governor of the most populous state in the union, a state that has aggressively pushed ahead with the Affordable Care Act even when it wasn’t the “in-thing,” is sitting out this year’s Democratic National Convention. Like millions of American kids who returned to school this week, Brown has too much work […]

Why Are Health Costs So High? The Robot Knows

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Americans have always loved the next big thing: the newest iPhone, the freshest hi-def television, and the latest and greatest … medical technology. But that quick embrace of new innovations has come at a cost: It’s driving up the prices hospitals charge insurance companies who in turn raise premiums for the rest of us. One […]

Forget The Robots: Venture Capitalists Change Their Health Care Investments

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This story is part of a reporting partnership that includes KQED,   and Kaiser Health News. It wasn’t that long ago that money flowed steadily to entrepreneurs who dreamt up whiz-bang medical devices. Hospitals souped up their surgical suites with robots or high-tech radiation machines for cancer treatment. Cost wasn’t an issue: They just got passed along […]

Millions Find Walgreens No Longer In Their Rx Networks

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This story is part of a reporting partnership that includes KQED, and Kaiser Health News. If you’re heading into a Walgreens to pick up a prescription, you may first want to check the back of your insurance card.  If it says Express Scripts, you can no longer fill your prescription at Walgreens or affiliates like […]

Hospitals Face New Pressure To Cut Infection Rates

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Under laws in more than two dozen states and new Medicare rules that went into effect earlier this year, hospitals are required to report infections, risking their reputations as sterile sanctuaries, or pay a penalty. That’s left hospital administrators weighing the cost of ‘fessing up against the cost of fines.