Hospital-acquired infections kill 100,000 U.S. patients every year and cost $20 billion.
Legislation would raise payments for Denti-Cal providers, using revenue from the state tobacco tax recently passed by California voters.
Health advocates are expecting millions in new tax money for health education programs aimed at preventing obesity, diabetes and tooth decay. Other cities around the country are mulling similar measures.
In California and other states, these first responders are learning to identify people with mental illness and get them help — or sometimes just chat and check in over snacks.
Sen. Ed Hernandez said the state’s strides in health coverage under the Affordable Care Act are “too important to lose.”
Despite tax penalties, opponents of the nation’s health law are emboldened by President-elect Trump’s vow to scrap it. Others wonder why they should bother signing up.
Interviews around the state yield varied responses to the prospect that a Trump Administration will dismantle Obamacare. Many people are stunned and scared; others welcome repeal.
Californians also approve the continuation of a fee paid by hospitals to generate more money for Medi-Cal.
Support for Proposition 61 has declined in recent weeks in the wake of fierce campaigning by pharma-backed opponents.
Statewide ratings now also address health care costs with new data on average payments to doctors.