With flawed systems for tracking the side effects of prescription drugs, a link between proton pump inhibitors and kidney disease suggested by research cannot be proven. Patients who swear by the drugs hope it won’t be.
Gov. Jerry Brown hopes to forestall massive federal funding cuts under the GOP health care bill but proposed a fiscally conservative budget to prepare for that scenario.
State lawmakers will consider a bill banning most pharmaceutical industry gifts and other enticements for health providers, unless there’s an educational purpose.
California lawmakers consider a bill to use state money to help homeless Medi-Cal patients pay rent — shifting their focus from sheer survival to wellness. The move could save taxpayers millions, advocates say.
A California lawmaker wants to strengthen collaboration among public agencies to bring down costs to taxpayers.
Bill would require disclosure of potentially harmful chemicals used in hair treatments, nail polish and other substances used in salons.
Lawmakers in California, like their counterparts in Congress, are considering a tax that would pay for addiction prevention and treatment efforts.
Proposal would require regulators to consider a merger’s impact on competition in deciding whether to approve or reject it.
But it could take years to achieve coverage for everyone – if it happens at all.
Blue Shield of California is hoping to steer consumers to “preferred” pharmacies where drugs are cheaper and copays lower.