Fate Of San Francisco’s Ban On Flavored Tobacco Products Is Now Up To Voters

Tobacco industry bankrolled an effort to stall the city’s new anti-tobacco ordinance, which business owners argue would lead to millions in lost sales annually.

Doctors Warm To Single-Payer Health Care

Growing numbers of physicians say they support a single-payer health care system, a 180-degree turn in opinion over a decade.

CBO: Killing Cost-Sharing Subsidies Would Hike Silver Plan Premiums And Deficit

The change would not be expected to have much long-term effect on the number of uninsured people. But it could cause a shift in which plans are popular with marketplace customers.

Number Of Dialysis Patients In California Surges

The increase — 46 percent over the past eight years — isn’t because the number of new kidney failure cases is rising. It’s because dialysis patients are living longer.

Insurers Can Bend Out-Of-Network Rules For Patients Who Need Specific Doctors

Individuals who require very specialized care for their health are advised to make their case when a plan doesn’t cover their doctor.

Counties Hit The Road To Treat Mental Health

A growing number of California counties are deploying RVs to address the mental health needs of residents in isolated regions.

End-Of-Life Advice: More Than 500,000 Chat On Medicare's Dime

In the first year of payments for advance-care planning sessions, once decried as ”death panels,“ use is higher than expected, new data show.

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Anthem Blue Cross To Pull Out Of Most Of California’s Individual Markets

This year, Anthem Blue Cross offers coverage in each of Covered California’s 19 pricing regions and all of California’s 58 counties. But the insurer announced last week that it will pull out of the entire individual market next year in 16 of the 19 Covered California regions. In the three where it plans to remain, it will no longer offer PPOs or HMOs – only EPOs.

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