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The inquiry kicked off after statements by a former medical director came to light that he never looked at patients’ records when deciding whether to approve or deny care. Aetna says the comments were taken out of context. Meanwhile, Anthem is changing its emergency room program after it received pushback from providers and lawmakers.
Opinion writers from around the country express views on a range of health issues.
Editorial pages offer a variety of views on the pending debate surrounding this Medicaid policy and a range of other health care issues.
Each week, KHN compiles a selection of recently released health policy studies and briefs.
The pharmaceutical industry has fought hard to kill the legislation, and it will likely be a legal target now that the bill is law.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra says the rule unlawfully targets women. “What group of Americans will they target next? Will they allow businesses to deny you cancer treatment?” Other states react as well.
Stat takes a look at how San Diego’s outbreak has been brewing for a while.
California officials are being asked to review the requirement that massive, printed books be sent out to people who enroll for Medi-Cal. Outlets report on other Medicaid news out of South Carolina and Wyoming.
“My wife and I came up with a new Covered California slogan,” quipped Santa Cruz County resident Chris Olsen. “Covered California: Nothing you can count on.” Meanwhile, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) says she doesn’t understand the decision and is “deeply concerned” by it.
Civil rights advocates file suit against California, alleging that care provided by Medi-Cal, the state’s health program for low-income people, is substandard and disproportionately hurts Latinos — by far the largest group of enrollees.
Californians would be required to participate in the public program and insurance companies would be barred from offering coverage for services already included in the the plan. Gov. Jerry Brown has expressed deep skepticism about how the state would fund the program.
In other news on the state-level impact of the Obamacare replacement proposal, some in California worry changes could hurt one of the nation’s healthiest marketplaces.
The Broad Institute, a research center affiliated with MIT and Harvard, retains more than a dozen patents it has already been granted on the use of the CRISPR technique to modify DNA in the cells of humans, animals and plants.
“If you compare this time last year we’re seeing twice as many flu cases,” says Dr. Michael Neely, interim chief of infectious diseases at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
A hostage negotiation team says it is better equipped to handle people dealing with acute mental health problems in emergencies instead of resorting to using lethal force. In California, people not living in the U.S. legally are dealing with the mental health ramifications that a fear of deportation and the threat of violence are bringing after the 2016 election.
Thursday is the deadline for the first open enrollment period on the federal and most state exchanges.
In other news on care for the aging population, Californians debate if people with Alzheimer’s should be excluded from the state’s new aid-in-dying law. And opinions about surgery for older lung cancer patients is changing.
Voters approve Proposition 64 allowing recreational use of marijuana. The state considers 17 ballot questions, several of which are related to public health issues.
California will be the first state to seek federal permission to allow these immigrants to buy health insurance through the state-based exchange.
Daily diets for those aged 2 to 18 should not exceed six teaspoons of added sugar — the equivalent to about 100 calories or 25 grams. In related news, the soda tax in Berkeley, California appears to be achieving its goal of cutting sugar consumption.