Latest California Healthline Stories
In this episode of KHN’s “What the Health?” Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Sarah Kliff of Vox.com, Anna Edney of Bloomberg News and Alice Ollstein of Talking Points Memo discuss President Donald Trump’s firing of David Shulkin, the secretary of Veterans Affairs, and Shulkin’s claim that he was forced out by those who want to privatize VA health care.
Democratic legislators seem to favor an incremental approach to providing universal health care in California. Tech worker Dale Fountain has a more ambitious goal, even if it’s a long shot for now.
The legislation is intended to curb schemes in which some treatment providers sign patients up for private plans, pay their premiums and then rake in profits from inflated claims.
This camera-shy “average guy” is reluctantly spearheading a ballot initiative that would remove funding obstacles. Though the campaign faces long odds, it has a large Facebook following, and some policy makers call it a good idea.
How a prescription wiped out one woman’s health reimbursement account, raising questions about prescription drug price tags and about how health care professionals deal (or don’t) with medical costs.
Researchers at the University of Southern California analyzed millions of prescriptions and concluded that close to a quarter paid copays that exceeded the cost of the drugs.
As states brace for insurance market instability, some — like Maryland — take aggressive action. California policy makers are discussing but have not proposed an individual mandate.
Some health systems are encouraging selected ill emergency department patients who are stable and don’t need intensive, round-the-clock care to opt for hospital-level care at home.
Begun as a health care safety net for children and low-income families, Medicaid increasingly underwrites a range of services in America’s public schools.
California’s health insurers trotted out a heart-healthy character with an ulterior motive — taking a dig at drugmakers.