California Defends Authority To Require Insurers To Cover Abortion As Protecting Women’s Rights

HHS said last month that the state’s abortion coverage requirement violated federal law that banned government entities that receive HHS funding from discriminating against health-care organizations because they don’t provide abortion or abortion coverage. “The Trump Administration’s threats not only Read more

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Congressional Candidates Go Head-To-Head On Health Care — Again

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). The California Democrats who fought to flip Republican congressional seats in 2018 used health care as their crowbar. The Republicans had just voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act Read more

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Newsom Touts California’s ‘Public Option.’ Wait — What Public Option?

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). Several Democratic presidential hopefuls are pitching a federal “public option” as a way to expand health coverage and make it more affordable. The details of their proposals vary, but Read more

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Patients Caught In Crossfire Between Giant Hospital Chain, Large Insurer

After Zoe Friedland became pregnant with her first child, she was picky about choosing a doctor to guide her through delivery. “With so many unpredictable things that can happen with a pregnancy, I wanted someone I could trust,” Friedland said. Read more

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KHN’s ‘What The Health?’: Remaking Medicaid — Maybe

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. The Trump administration is trying to achieve a goal for Republicans that dates to the 1980s — allowing states to obtain at least some of their funding for Medicaid as Read more

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Fight Brewing In California Over Adding Cancer Warning Label To One Of Most Common Over-The-Counter Drugs

Acetaminophen is found in well-known brands like Tylenol, Excedrin, Sudafed, Robitussin and Theraflu. In other pharmaceutical news: production of some Excedrin products temporarily halted; the effort to fight superbugs continues to be patchy; pharma’s race to partner with tech companies; Read more

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How Fast Can A New Internet Standard For Sharing Patient Data Catch Fire?

Medical professionals have been storing personal health information in electronic form for more than a decade, but it is cumbersome for patients to gather disparate computer and paper records scattered across doctors’ offices, hospitals and medical labs. Wouldn’t life be Read more

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For California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Resistance Is Personal

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). When President Donald Trump demands a border wall or threatens to deport young unauthorized immigrants, one of the loudest opposition voices comes from the son of Mexican immigrants — Read more

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Transparent Hospital Pricing Exposes Wild Fluctuation, Even Within Miles

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). The federal government’s new rule requiring hospitals to post prices for their services is intended to allow patients to shop around and compare prices, a step toward price transparency Read more

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