Latest California Healthline Stories
When New York increased its cigarette tax, smoking rates declined. California’s proposed increase of $2 a pack may, too, say researchers. The higher the tax, the more likely people are to quit.
California Healthline’s Emily Bazar recently joined a panel hosted by San Francisco’s KALW radio to discuss how consumers can minimize the impact of sharply rising Covered California premiums. Listen to her advice below.
The opioid epidemic may be fueling a rise in the number of children in foster care. But a special family court is trying to keep families together by treating parents with substance abuse problems.
With rising awareness of opioid abuse, some pain patients say doctors are less likely to prescribe them. One Montana sufferer goes to great lengths to get his prescription — he flies to California.
Low payments and high hassles make many therapists shun insurance companies.
California’s insurance commissioner, Dave Jones, and the Department of Managed Health Care’s Shelley Rouillard have opposing views of at least one major insurance company merger proposal. California Healthline’s Chad Terhune recently discussed the state’s merger landscape on Connecticut Public Radio station WNPR.
Agencies that provide caregiving services for the Medi-Cal program say underfunding has thinned out their ranks, making it difficult to provide care to everyone who needs and qualifies for it.
California plans to move most of the developmentally disabled patients in its care out of large institutions and into the wider community. It’s partly to save money — but also reflects a change in philosophy.
About 380,000 babies are born too soon every year in the United States, a preterm birth rate that’s far higher than most high-income, developed countries. Even with so many families facing the realities of a premature child, predicting the long-term health of a baby is difficult, and doctors have an even tougher time talking about those predictions with parents.
This season, Downton Abbey has a new plot line that has health wonks on the edge of their seats: a heated debate about hospital consolidation that closely parallels what’s going on in the U.S. health care system today. Jenny Gold filed this story for Marketplace.