Latest California Healthline Stories

Planned Parenthood’s State Medicaid Funding Protected After Supreme Court Decides Not To Hear Case

The decision drew rebukes from the court’s more conservative judges, with Justice Clarence Thomas saying his colleagues’ refusal to hear the case over Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood was politically motivated. “What explains the court’s refusal to do its job here? I suspect it has something to do with the fact that some respondents in these cases are named ‘Planned Parenthood,’” Thomas wrote.

Ruling Expected In Case Over Insurer Coverage Limits On Mental Health Care Services

The impact of the ruling in the consolidated cases of Wit v. United Behavioral Health and Alexander v. United Behavioral Health could ripple across the country as many providers and patients say that, despite laws requiring insurers to cover behavioral care on parity with care for physical conditions, they often encounter significant problems getting carriers to pay for needed treatment.

Appeals Court Overturns Ruling That Had Briefly Blocked California’s Aid-In-Dying Law

Riverside County Superior Court Judge Daniel Ottolia halted enforcement of the law in May, ruling that state lawmakers had illegally considered and passed the legislation during a special session devoted to health care. However, the appeals court on Tuesday ruled that the doctors who had filed that suit had nothing to gain or lose from its enforcement, and thus lacked legal standing to sue.