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.
Eighteen Medi-Cal-funded day care centers across California provide care for over 500 severely ill and disabled children, allowing their parents to work outside the home and avoid poverty. But those centers are struggling to keep their doors open, because they say the payments they get from the state don’t allow them to offer competitive wages, and nurses are leaving for other jobs. Listen to Pauline Bartolone’s story on KQED radio’s “California Report.”
The California Department of Insurance, headed by the commissioner, regulates only a small fraction of the market. But the job comes with a bully pulpit that amplifies its impact. Three of the four candidates would use it to push for a statewide single-payer system.
Los aspirantes a la gobernación de California coinciden en las cosas que el sistema de salud debe cambiar. Pero difieren en cómo alcanzar esos cambios.
Health care is a significant, and often divisive, issue in the race. Here’s a look at where the top six candidates — two Republicans and four Democrats — stand.
The decision by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra signals his agreement with health consumer advocates, who argue that patients are still struggling to pay their medical bills, even when they have insurance.
California and federal officials have cracked down on a major compounding pharmacy they say posed a threat to public safety, but their actions are worsening shortages of medications that doctors rely on to keep their patients out of pain.
This camera-shy “average guy” is reluctantly spearheading a ballot initiative that would remove funding obstacles. Though the campaign faces long odds, it has a large Facebook following, and some policy makers call it a good idea.
A nationwide shortage of injectable opioid painkillers has left hospitals scrambling to find alternatives — in some cases leading to dosage mistakes that may harm patients.
California’s health insurers trotted out a heart-healthy character with an ulterior motive — taking a dig at drugmakers.