California Watch Posts

California Hospitals Try to Block Proposal to Ban Medicaid Providers From 340B

April 3, 2018

Sarah Hesketh of the California Association of Public Hospitals — which represents 21 hospitals that are all both disproportionately reliant on Medicaid and enrolled in 340B — said that should providers decide to stay enrolled in 340B to get discounts for their Medicare patients they would continue to be subject to the 340B provider rules banning them from group negotiations for lower drug prices. This would have the unintended consequence of hurting the providers who care for the most Medicaid patients. Read More

California Assembly Pitches Alternatives to Single-Payer Health Care

March 27, 2018

California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon is refusing to advance this year a controversial single-payer health care bill that would dramatically reshape the state's health care financing and delivery system. Instead, he's orchestrating an alternative, narrower approach that seeks to achieve universal coverage and make Obamacare more affordable. Read More

California’s Drug Transparency Law Yields Early Surprises

March 27, 2018

California’s first-in-the-nation drug pricing transparency law is beginning to kick in — and to spur copycats, with Oregon’s governor last week signing a law that requires drug companies to disclose cost components they have long considered proprietary. Read More

Covered California Looking at Huge Rate Hikes

March 13, 2018

Across the country, people who buy health insurance on exchanges could see their premiums rise between 12 and 32 percent in 2019, according to an analysis released Thursday by Covered California, the state exchange that sells insurance to 1.2 million residents who don’t receive health coverage through their employers. Read More