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At least 500 terminally ill Californians have asked for the medicine that allows them to end their lives, and nearly 500 health organizations have signed on to help.
The state exchange will tell insurers to proceed with significantly higher rates on some 2018 health plans if the feds do not commit by mid-August to continue subsidies that lower out-of-pocket expenses for many consumers.
A bill pending in the state legislature could make the Golden State the first in the U.S. to open establishments where intravenous drug users can shoot up under medical supervision. Proponents say that would save lives.
States like California, which substantially expanded Medicaid coverage to children and adults in rural counties and small towns, would be most affected.
Medicare has not sent notice of the temporary penalty waiver to enrollees in exchanges run by the states. But Covered California plans to notify its members who are about to turn 65 — or already have — sometime this summer.
A forum for Asian immigrants in Oakland draws a crowd so large some attendees had to be seated in an overflow room. Many immigrants are eager for information relevant to them as changes to the health care system are debated in Washington.
The state health insurance exchange has instructed its participating health plans to submit alternative proposals for premium hikes that would offset the potential loss of an important source of federal funding.
The legislation would revive the age-old practice of paying providers for every service they perform — a recipe for a busted budget, some experts say. Backers say the bill is a work in progress.
Some hospitals are using innovative financing for retrofitting work as a state deadline to meet seismic safety requirements approaches in 2020.
“I feel like I am in a bad dream,” said Sen. Ed Hernandez, who chairs the state Senate Health Committee.