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If the federal health law is repealed or dismantled, the $20 billion California receives in assistance to help people buy coverage would dry up, making it nearly impossible for the state to keep its version of the exchanges.
Los Angeles Times:
If The Obamacare Law Is Repealed, Could California Keep It Anyway?
Millions of Californians have gained health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Now the future of that federal law – and medical coverage for those people -- is in doubt. President-elect Donald Trump said repeatedly during his campaign that one of his first acts would be to “repeal and replace” the law known as Obamacare. The Times spoke to experts about whether it would be possible for the state to keep operating its Obamacare exchange called Covered California, where consumers shop for subsidized health insurance, if the law was repealed. (Petersen, 11/11)
Los Angeles Times:
If Obamacare Is Repealed, California Has The Most To Lose — Putting The Insured On Edge
California led the way with Obamacare, signing up more people for health insurance than any other state. Now with a possibility that President-elect Donald Trump will repeal the law, as he has promised, the stakes are higher here than anywhere else. “We’ve basically cut the number of uninsured in a little bit more than half, which is enormous progress,” said Dr. Gerald Kominski, head of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. But California’s huge gains also mean that if the Affordable Care Act is undone, “we have the most to lose.” (Karlamangla, 11/13)
What Will The Rollback Of Obamacare Look Like In California?
California went all in on Obamacare and now faces the prospect of President-elect Donald Trump and Congress dismantling key parts of that historic expansion in coverage. Under the Affordable Care Act, the state’s insurance exchange has enrolled more than 1.4 million people and California’s Medi-Cal program added about 3.5 million lower-income residents to the rolls. (11/14)
What Happens To Medicaid In California Under A Trump Administration?
President-elect Donald Trump has vowed that he will repeal and replace Obamacare. Specifics are scarce, but one plan Trump has outlined would change how the federal government funds Medicaid, health coverage for low-income people. Twenty-million Americans now have health coverage because of Obamacare. A full quarter of them are in California. And most of them are covered by Medi-Cal, California's version of Medicaid. (Dembosky, 11/11)
The Mercury News:
Trump's Election Sparks Fears Of California Health Consumers
For 5 million Californians like Hugo Campos, Donald Trump’s stunning election last week was accompanied by the unsettling sound of a ticking clock. Campos, a self-employed Oakland business consultant, once went without health insurance because he has heart disease. He was able to buy a subsidized Kaiser policy in late 2013 only because of the Affordable Care Act, which prevents insurers from denying him coverage because of a pre-existing condition. But Trump’s vow to repeal and replace the health care law has left the 50-year-old Campos in shock. (Seipel, 11/14)
Unfunded Or Undone: How A Trump Presidency May Affect California Policies
The Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, hangs in the balance after the sweeping win on Tuesday by President-elect Donald Trump, who called it "a catastrophe" and promised to kill it immediately. This week GOP leaders continued to cite its repeal as their top priority. That has big implications for California, a state that enthusiastically embraced the federal expansion and relied on federal dollars to pay for it. “Can he effectively limit the program as of the first day or early in the administration? Absolutely,” said Gerald Kominski, director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. “He’s not going to be able to have any credibility with his constituents if he starts waffling on day one.” (11/11)
Orange County Register:
Covered California Enrollees Fear Loss Of Health Coverage
Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, said Thursday that enrollees have been calling and posting on Facebook with questions about the future of their coverage. Open enrollment for next year started Nov. 1. “We’re seeking to provide them the assurance we can that their coverage is not in jeopardy,” Lee said. He advised Californians to take a deep breath and proceed with shopping around for the best price. He noted that state and federal contracts with insurers are already in place for next year. (Perkes, 11/11)
Repealing Obamacare Would Threaten Insurance For 66,000 Valley Residents In Stanislaus, San Joaquin, Merced Counties
Health advocates fear serious consequences in places such as the Northern San Joaquin Valley if Republicans led by President-elect Donald Trump repeal the Affordable Care Act. In a plan released Thursday, Trump promised to work with a GOP-controlled Congress to repeal Obamacare and replace it with coverage that includes Health Savings Accounts, an option that evolved in the insurance market before President Barack Obama signed the health reform law in 2010. Policy experts say Republicans have enough Senate votes to defund the expansion of Medicaid, which allowed thousands of low-income adults in Stanislaus County to enroll in the Medi-Cal program in the last three years. (Carlson, 11/11)
San Diego Union-Tribune:
Covered CA Director Urges Enrollees To Ignore Trump-Caused Uncertainty
Covered California, the state’s health insurance exchange, is at a crossroads brought about by President-elect Donald Trump’s vow to repeal at least parts of the Affordable Care Act. Obamacare pays income-based subsidies to 87 percent of the 1.3 million Californians currently covered by plans sold through the exchange. Elimination of those payments could very well lead to mass cancellations by consumers no longer able to afford their insurance policies. (Sisson, 11/11)
Donald Trump says the ban on insurers denying coverage to people who are sick and the provision allowing young adults to stay on their parents coverage are "the strongest assets" of the Affordable Care Act.
The Wall Street Journal:
Donald Trump, In Exclusive Interview, Tells WSJ He Is Willing To Keep Parts Of Obama Health Law
President-elect Donald Trump said he would consider leaving in place certain parts of the Affordable Care Act, an indication of possible compromise after a campaign in which he pledged repeatedly to repeal the 2010 health-care law. In his first interview since his election earlier this week, Mr. Trump said one priority was moving “quickly” on President Barack Obama’s signature health initiative, which Mr. Trump said has become so unworkable and expensive that “you can’t use it.” Yet, Mr. Trump also showed a willingness to preserve at least two provisions of the law after Mr. Obama asked him to reconsider repealing it during their meeting at the White House on Thursday. (Langley and Baker, 11/11)
GOP Feuds Over How To Kill Obamacare
For some Republicans, obliteration of Obamacare can’t come soon enough. Others want a gradual phaseout, fearing both the political and practical consequences of throwing 20 million Americans off their health plans virtually overnight. And President-elect Donald Trump, who vowed to repeal and replace “the disastrous” Obamacare, sent mixed signals Friday about how he will proceed. (Haberkorn, 11/11)
The Wall Street Journal:
Paul Ryan’s Comments Appear To Put Medicare In Play For 2017
Are Republicans, now in full control of the government, gearing up for a fight over Medicare as well the Affordable Care Act? Remarks by Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan that the two are entwined raised the prospect that the popular seniors’ health program may be on the table. “Obamacare rewrote Medicare, rewrote Medicaid, so if you’re going to repeal and replace Obamacare, you have to address those issues as well,” Mr. Ryan said in a Fox News Channel interview Thursday night. (Radnofsky, 11/11)
The New York Times:
U.S. Consumers Will Want Trump, Congress To Take On Drug Prices
Americans' growing alarm over rising prescription drug costs will pressure a new U.S. administration and Congress to take action on pharmaceutical pricing, industry executives and healthcare experts say. Drugmaker stocks, battered in recent months, soared this week after Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's victory. (Beasley and Clarke, 11/11)
At HHS, President-Elect Donald Trump Could Tap These Allies
There are so many unknowns about how President-elect Donald Trump will change health policy. But one early tell will be who he taps to lead the Department of Health and Human Services. A lot of names are floating around right now, and initial speculation can seem ill-conceived in hindsight; we never had HHS Secretary Tom Daschle under President Obama, after all. Nevertheless, here are possible contenders for the most powerful position in health policy, according to early and often anonymously sourced reports. (Scott, 11/14)
Anthem is moving to shift 500,000 Californians to plans that offer no coverage for out-of-network care.
Los Angeles Times:
Judge Is Asked To Stop Anthem From Ending Out-Of-Network Coverage For 500,000 Californians
A consumer group has asked a judge to immediately stop Anthem Blue Cross from switching 500,000 Californians to health plans offering no coverage for out-of-network care. The dispute is over a change Anthem made to its 2017 plans known as preferred provider organizations, or PPOs, throughout much of the state. In court papers filed this week, Santa Monica-based Consumer Watchdog said that Anthem broke the law by not properly informing consumers that it had changed the plan to one that no longer pays for any portion of care provided by out-of-network doctors and hospitals. (Petersen, 11/11)
Leapfrog Group factors in a number of criteria from 30 categories, including rates of errors, injuries, accidents and infections.
Glendale Adventist Gets An 'A' In Hospital Safety
A national hospital-safety organization released its latest results last week, and once again only one hospital in or around Glendale earned its highest mark.Glendale Adventist Medical Center earned its fourth-straight A rating from the Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. Its Hospital Safety Grades are awarded twice a year based on the quality of patient safety. (Landa, 11/11)
The number of teenagers diagnosed with depression rose significantly between 2005 and 2014 but many are being left untreated.
Survey Finds Growing Number Of Untreated, Depressed Teens In US
Depression increased among adolescents between 2005 and 2014, but the proportion of depressed teenagers who received mental health counseling or treatment did not significantly change during that period, according to a new report in the journal Pediatrics. The prevalence of depression among teens ages 12 to 17 increased 37 percent between 2005 and 2014, the report finds. That translates into an increase of more than a half million teens. (Plevin, 11/14)
In other news, teachers are worried about their students following Donald Trump's election win —
Sacramento Teachers Report Rise In Fear, Bullying Among Children After Donald Trump Is Elected President
Teachers in schools across the nation have had an unexpected new task this week, assuaging the fear of students from immigrant and minority families who believe they will be deported or bullied because Donald Trump was elected president of the United States. They also have had to quash an uptick in racist sentiment from students emboldened by the election. (Lambert, 11/11)
“It’s a way for people to give back,” said Aron Davis, director of the UC Davis body donation program, where about 35 to 40 new applications arrive monthly.
Body Donation Programs At University Of California Campuses, Including UC Davis, See Rise In Human Donors
While some parts of the country have reported shortages of body donors, the UC body donation program has seen “modest but consistent” increases statewide, roughly 3 percent a year in the last decade, said Brandi Schmitt, executive director of the University of California’s Anatomical Donation Program, which covers five medical school campuses in Irvine, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego and San Francisco. (Buck, 11/12)
In other news from across the state —
San Francisco Chronicle:
Fresh Approach With Farm-To-School Meals In Oakland
Conducted once a week, these taste tests are part of what makes the Oakland Unified School District a national model for farm-fresh school food. Up to 80 percent of the produce it serves comes from nearby farms, and some of its pasta and meat brands are commonly seen on Whole Foods shelves. (Duggan, 11/13)