A California lawmaker wants to strengthen collaboration among public agencies to bring down costs to taxpayers.
Bill would require disclosure of potentially harmful chemicals used in hair treatments, nail polish and other substances used in salons.
Lawmakers in California, like their counterparts in Congress, are considering a tax that would pay for addiction prevention and treatment efforts.
Proposal would require regulators to consider a merger’s impact on competition in deciding whether to approve or reject it.
But it could take years to achieve coverage for everyone – if it happens at all.
Blue Shield of California is hoping to steer consumers to “preferred” pharmacies where drugs are cheaper and copays lower.
The state has one of the highest rates of small business owners who get health coverage through the Affordable Care Act.
Proposed state legislation would ban drugmakers from issuing coupons to lower patients’ copayments if a cheaper, FDA-approved medication is available.
Gov. Jerry Brown said he will work with other governors and lawmakers to prevent a loss of federal health dollars that could “devastate” the state’s budget.
California and other states could continue to cover people under the ACA or create new approaches, according to a bill introduced Monday. Many Democrats fear such state options won’t draw enough federal funding and will fragment coverage nationwide.