The legislation is only a first step, declaring the “intent” of the state Senate without specifics or a timetable.
Some foreign-born California residents fear they could be penalized for using Medi-Cal and other social benefits. Others, in families of mixed-immigration status, worry about jeopardizing their loved ones’ chances of becoming green-card holders or citizens.
State data show a rise of nearly 40 percent in fall-related visits from 2010 to 2015, a period in which the elderly population grew about 21 percent.
Researchers find that the state’s exchange has succeeded by fostering competition, with a large number of insurers in the mix, aggressively negotiating on premiums and setting conditions for health plan participation.
The state has one of the highest rates of small business owners who get health coverage through the Affordable Care Act.
A new report finds that major insurers like Aetna and UnitedHealth submitted conflicting lists to the state that were off by thousands of doctors.
State data show all but one of Anthem’s Medi-Cal managed care plans rate below average according to widely used measures of patient care. Centene runs the three lowest-performing plans statewide.
New advocacy groups like Indivisible California weigh strategies for long-haul political activism, including protests.
More than 6,000 workers had levels in their blood that could lead to heart, kidney or cognitive disease, according to state findings.
Proposed state legislation would ban drugmakers from issuing coupons to lower patients’ copayments if a cheaper, FDA-approved medication is available.