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Almost as fast as a bipartisan deal on restoring key health care subsidies was announced, enthusiasm for it seemed to dim in the nation’s capital. Regardless, California has a plan in place to protect most exchange consumers and is preparing a marketing blitz to encourage sign-ups.
States are adding a variety of services, including expansions of mental health and substance abuse treatments and dental care, according to a 50-state survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation.
President Donald Trump took two swings at the Affordable Care Act last week. Californians are somewhat protected from immediate harm but doubts persist about the law’s future as sign-ups begin Nov. 1.
Gov. Jerry Brown signed many critical health care bills sent to him by the state legislature, cementing California’s role as a health care champion.
After regulators questioned Anthem’s forecast for medical costs, the company agreed to reduce rate hikes on its individual and small-business health plans next year, saving customers an estimated $114 million.
Covered California authorized a 12.4 percent average surcharge on silver-tier plans, the second-least expensive option sold on the exchange. It brings the total average premium increase on those plans to nearly 25 percent next year.
Gov. Jerry Brown signed the measure, which takes effect next year and will require drug companies to publicly justify big price increases.
Gov. Jerry Brown last week vetoed two bills that would have limited or banned smoking at state parks and beaches.
Eight teaching centers in California aim to train and retain doctors in medically underserved areas such as California’s Central Valley. They are among 57 such institutions across the country that may soon receive a boost in funding from Congress.
“If it gets signed by this governor, it’s going to send shock waves throughout the country,” one legislator says. Pharma has spent $16.8 million to lobbying against this bill and other drug laws in California.