The Week Ahead
San Francisco supervisors will hold a hearing on Mayor Gavin Newsom's (D) universal health access proposal, which was merged with an employer contribution mandate by Supervisor Tom Ammiano earlier this week. The city health director testified that Newsom's plan would not succeed without the mandate.
The San Diego City Council will vote on a measure to reinstate a needle-exchange program intended to reduce the spread of HIV, hepatitis and other bloodborne diseases.
A San Francisco County trial judge is scheduled to approve a settlement with Catholic Healthcare West in which the hospital chain will provide refunds to some uninsured patients who alleged that CHW overcharged them. Based on patients' incomes, CHW will pay full or partial refunds to patients treated at CHW facilities since July 1, 2001, according to the settlement.
A hearing will be held in federal court in Chicago for a lawsuit seeking to stop implementation of the Medicaid proof-of-citizenship law on grounds that it is unconstitutional.This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.