To Ensure The Doctor Is Always In, New Panel Tackles Health Worker Shortage

The California Future Health Workforce Commission will produce recommendations intended to meet the demand for medical professionals in a state with a growing and increasingly diverse population.

‘Breakthrough’ Leukemia Drug Also Portends ‘Quantum Leap’ In Cost

A genetically altered cancer drug, based on CAR T-cell therapies, could be a big success with leukemia patients but at a staggering cost.

Home Visits Help New Parents Overcome Tough Histories, Raise Healthy Children

A program that provides $400 million in federal funding for the visits expires next month. Advocates and providers hope it will be reauthorized with a higher level of funding — but some worry that might not happen.

Dying At Home In An Opioid Crisis: Hospices Grapple With Stolen Meds

As more patients receive hospice care at home, some of the powerful, addictive drugs they’re prescribed are ending up in the wrong hands.

Anthem’s Exit Leaves Thousands With No Choice Of Health Plans

When Anthem Blue Cross pulls out of the individual market next year, about 60,000 Covered California enrollees, plus others who buy insurance outside of the exchange, will have only one health plan in their areas.

Despite Advance Directive, Dementia Patient Denied Last Wish, Says Spouse

Oregon court says Alzheimer’s patient Nora Harris must be spoon-fed. But her husband says she never wanted to live like this.

For Covered California, Uncertainty Is The New Certainty

The state health insurance exchange made three multimillion-dollar decisions Thursday that were motivated by the lack of clarity from the federal government on key health policy issues.

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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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