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There’s been a growing cry for President C.L. Max Nikias to step down after it was revealed USC had known for years about misconduct allegations against the campus’ longtime gynecologist. But, “trustees believe Max Nikias, given the right circumstances, is the right person to lead this institution,” one member said.
A judge recently overturned the legislation, saying it was passed illegally in a special session that was supposed to focus on specific health care issues. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra cited Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown’s statement from when he signed the bill into law as an example of how the measure fits into the scope of the special session.
While Sutter Health executive officer Sarah Krevans says everyone was provided “high-quality, safe patient care,” during the outage, patients, doctors and nurses describe a different picture. More hospital news is reported out of Illinois, Washington and Texas, also.
More than 20,000 members of the University of California’s largest employee union are joined by the California Nurses Association, whose members work at UC’s medical centers and student health clinics, and the University Professional & Technical Employees, which includes pharmacists, clinical social workers, physical therapists, physician assistants and researchers.
Although the state on the whole isn’t as hard hit by the opioid epidemic, a rural slice in the north is struggling under the weight of dual crises. Media outlets report on news of the national drug epidemic out of Colorado, Arizona and Ohio, as well.
The arguments are part of a patent war between the University of California and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. Patents for the gene-editing technology could be worth billions.
“It is a legally unsound action, and it is a dangerous action for millions of Americans who left the bad days of pre-existing conditions and the inability to get care for their children,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said of the Texas lawsuit that is challenging the constitutionality of the health law saying the mandate no longer counts as a tax.
Media outlets report on news from California, Michigan, West Virginia, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Arkansas, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Minnesota, Maine, Louisiana and Ohio.
The bill passed by the House last week “does somewhere between nothing and absolutely nothing to help you,” said Dr. Arthur L. Caplan, a bioethicist at New York University. Patients are actually getting blocked by the drug companies themselves. Meanwhile, California’s drug transparency law has kicked in, but it’s still unclear if it will be met with success in controlling costs.
During arguments, justices from across the ideological spectrum questioned whether the California law, that requires centers licensed by the state to post notices that free or low-cost abortion, contraception and prenatal care are available, singles out clinics run by antiabortion groups.
The case, coming out out of California, brings together two contentious issues: freedom of speech and abortion. However, whatever the court decides would affect the legality of the procedure.
The case revolves around a California state law that requires pregnancy centers to let their clients know that abortions and other medical services are available elsewhere, for little or no cost.
California would continue to have a stable market partly because so many people in the exchange have their premiums paid or partly paid through subsidies, or premium tax credits, said Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee. But premiums will most likely go up.
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.