California is boosting rates for doctors and dentists who participate in the state’s Medi-Cal program for low-income residents. Providers say the pay raises will increase their participation in the program and improve access for patients.
Key measures in the legislature’s coverage-for-all strategy failed to make it into next year’s state budget. Pending legislation to accomplish the same goals are unlikely to pass muster with Gov. Jerry Brown.
With the primary now over, health care may well emerge as an issue that helps voters distinguish between candidates for governor, attorney general and other offices in the general election.
After rallies and protests in the San Joaquin Valley congressional districts, the urgency over protecting coverage under the ACA seems to have waned — at least in the primaries. Three of four seats in the region are likely to remain red, political forecasters say.
California’s children’s hospitals want to put a measure on the November ballot for a $1.5 billion bond to help them pay for construction and upgrades.
Registered nurse Bonnie Castillo is the new executive director of the California Nurses Association, a raucous union that has been pushing — loudly — for the adoption of a government-run, single-payer health care system in the Golden State.
La nueva líder del poderoso sindicato de enfermeras explica sus puntos de vista sobre atención de salud y el sistema de pagador único.
In the face of federal efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, policymakers in the largest state are proposing laws and other changes to counter them. Beyond that, they’re aggressively pushing measures to expand health coverage beyond what the ACA envisioned.
Frustrated by dialysis centers they call dirty and understaffed, patients and health care workers rallied across California Thursday before delivering more than 600,000 signatures to election offices in support of a ballot initiative intended to improve patient care.
In a bold move, the state has sued Sutter Health, Northern California’s dominant hospital chain, whose prices have drawn complaints for years. The company says “healthy competition and choice exists across Northern California” for consumers seeking medical care.