Democrats want a bill to fund the government for the rest of the year to include funding for the health law’s cost-sharing reductions for low-income marketplace customers, but Republicans want to keep the issues separate.
The Trump administration has pledged to create jobs and shrink health care spending — almost a contradiction in a country where health care is a roaring engine of the economy.
Proposed state legislation would ban drugmakers from issuing coupons to lower patients’ copayments if a cheaper, FDA-approved medication is available.
Surprise medical bill protections for consumers and new painkiller prescribing requirements for doctors are among measures signed by Gov. Jerry Brown.
Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco estimate that hospitals could lose nearly $1,000 per surgery by throwing away opened but unused supplies, such as gloves and sponges.
The California measure would protect consumers and provide better reimbursement for care, supporters say.
The drug Lantus is among a new generation of diabetes medications that is difficult for governments — and consumers — to afford.
The bill would help consumers avoid pricey bills from out-of-network docs.
Liz Helms of the California Chronic Care Coalition takes some surprising positions on prescription drug costs.
California is among a number of states considering new laws to control the rising cost of prescription medications.