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Opioid Prescriptions Drop Sharply Among State Workers

New data from the California agency that manages health benefits for 1.5 million public employees, retirees and their families shows that doctors are writing far fewer opioid prescriptions, reflecting a national trend of physicians cutting back on the addictive drugs.

Debating The New Ballot Measure To Control Prescription Drug Prices

The California Drug Price Relief Act would mandate that the state pay no more for prescription drugs than the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. David Gorn sat down with Rand Martin, Sacramento lobbyist for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which is sponsoring the ballot measure, and Kathy Fairbanks, campaign consultant for the committee opposing it.

Anthem’s New Partnership With Seven Hospitals Builds on an Old Idea in California

Vivity — a new Southern California product from Anthem Blue Cross — debuted to considerable fanfare last month. California already has a rich history of managed care and integrated networks, so is there anything unique about this particular arrangement? “Road to Reform” consulted the experts to find out.