Trump’s Push For More Basic Insurance Plans Could Equal Big Changes For California Health Care

July 17, 2018

The Trump administration has been pushing for the return of short-term health plans and association health plans, two types of coverage that are exempt from Affordable Care Act requirements and could offer an affordable alternative to consumers who feel priced out of the Obamacare marketplace. But some California advocates say these plans offer shoddy coverage and pose a threat to the stability of the healthcare system. Read More

Pfizer’s Bow To Trump Won’t Just Hit Its Own Prices – It’ll Put A Chill On Hikes, Period

July 17, 2018

In a little more than 24 hours, through public shaming and a phone call with Pfizer CEO Ian Read, President Donald Trump convinced the U.S. drug giant to reverse dozens of July price increases—at least temporarily. The extraordinary move signals that pharma players are willing to cede to the president, even as Pfizer and Read have previously resisted limits on their pricing power.  Read More

California Doctors Who Treat Poor Get Reimbursement Boost

July 17, 2018

California is boosting reimbursement payments for doctors and dentists who treat the state’s poorest residents. It’s part of an incentive to expand access under Medi-Cal, which offers free or low-cost health coverage to more than 13 million people — a third of the state's population. Read More

Trump Administration Cuts Grants to Help People Get Obamacare

July 17, 2018

The Trump administration is cutting most of the funds previously provided to groups that help people get health insurance under the Affordable Care Act and will push them to promote plans lacking the law's benefits and protections, a government agency said on Tuesday. Read More