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California Takes Steps To Increase Access To Anti-Overdose Medication

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The California Department of Public Health issued a standing order for naloxone in a move geared toward helping parts of the state where there are physician shortages and treatment facilities often struggle to find a doctor who will write a standing order for the medication. News on the crisis comes out of Kansas and Minnesota as well.

California Voters Face Stark Ideological Choice Come The General Election

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The race for California governor was narrowed down to Democrat Gavin Newsom and Republican John Cox. The outcome of the race could both shape the fate of the Affordable Care Act in the state and influence whether Republicans in Washington take another shot at dismantling the landmark law. “For the Affordable Care Act, California is a bellwether state,” said David Blumenthal, president of the Commonwealth Fund.

Single-Payer Is Becoming Litmus Test For Democrats, But Reality Is Far More Complicated Than Rhetoric

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California’s gubernatorial race is acting as a microcosm of the larger push toward universal health care. But, experts say the issue is complicated. “Voters are thinking about the fundamental values associated with single-payer,” said Kelly Hall, an independent health consultant. “Almost zero voters have thought about the policy implications.” Those implications range from funding challenges to a vocal opposition to unanswered legal questions.

Aid-In-Dying Law Falls Within Scope Of Improving Californians’ Health, AG Argues In Appeal Of Judge’s Decision

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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.

University Of California Workers Launch Massive 3-Day Strike Impacting Medical Centers, Health Professionals

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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.

California Leads Coalition Of States To Intervene In Texas Suit That Challenges Health Law

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“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.

‘Right To Try’ Bill Focuses On Sidestepping FDA, But In Reality It’s Drugmakers That Are Usually Ones Saying ‘No’

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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.

Supreme Court Justices Signal Skepticism Over ‘Crisis Pregnancy Centers’ Law

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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.