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California is among a number of states considering new laws to control the rising cost of prescription medications.
CMS estimates that the 5.5 percent increase in 2015 totals $3.2 trillion. After several years of lower growth, the acceleration is largely attributed to a stronger economy, faster growth in medical prices and an aging baby boomers, as well as specialty drug costs.
Some parents and advocates say they now support the measure after changes were made to address their concerns.
En total, el gasto en hepatitis C está aumentando porque más personas están tomando los costosos medicamentos nuevos. Pero el costo por paciente está bajando.
Proposed legislation would require drugmakers to disclose and justify price hikes. The industry has taken to Facebook and Twitter, warning that the proposal could lead to medication shortages in some regions of the state.
A pioneering program in southern California provides ongoing care and housing to homeless people who are “super-utilizers” of hospital emergency rooms. The effort is reducing ER visits and saving a lot of money.
Costly meds will be discussed at lawmaker hearing on controversial drug price transparency bill.
Aerospace giant’s Southern California employees will have access to MemorialCare’s network of hospitals and clinics, in addition to UC Irvine Health and other providers.
Sen. Chuck Grassley’s measure would have encouraged states to submit mental-health records to the nation’s background-check system.
Staff researchers at California’s largest public buyer of health benefits say the goal of reducing drug costs for the state is appealing but might not work in the real world.