Month: May 2019
Plunging ahead despite paralyzing partisanship in the nation's capital, senior lawmakers of both parties Thursday proposed legislation to tackle surprise medical bills and other concerns, from prescription drug costs to uneven vaccination rates.
Researchers at the Commonwealth Fund examined out-of-pocket spending totals for people with private health insurance and found a large portion of the country was spending 10% or more of their household income on insurance costs.
A court has scheduled a July 9 hearing on a Texas-based judge's ruling that former President Barack Obama's signature health care law is unconstitutional.
The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved a gene therapy for spinal muscular atrophy, a rare muscle-wasting disease that, in its most severe form, kills many babies before they turn 2.
Blue Shield of California Targets Patients with Complex Needs in House Call Program
Blue Shield of California has teamed up with Landmark Health to offer more house calls to members with chronic conditions—at no additional cost.
Lilian Serrano’s mother-in-law had lots of stomach problems, but she always blamed food.
CHOICE Administrators today announced a new leader for its organization, which operates the California Choice private health insurance exchange and the Choice Builder ancillary benefits exchange, which together serve more than 450,000 members.
Newsom’s Tough Sell on Healthcare: Persuading Public on Fines for Those Without Coverage
Five months after unveiling a sweeping plan to lower health insurance costs for middle-class Californians, Gov. Gavin Newsom now must sell the politically unpopular part of his proposal — hefty fines on those who do not have medical coverage.
CalPERS Projecting Steep Health Insurance Increases. One Plan Could Rise 24 Percent
The premiums state workers and retired public employees pay for CalPERS health insurance are projected to go up 7.2 percent on average next year, with premiums for specific plans increasing as much as 24 percent, according to preliminary estimates published Tuesday.
Private Insurers in California Pay More than Double what Medicare Does for Similar Services
A new analysis of financial data from general acute care hospitals in California reveals that private insurers paid, on average, 209 percent more than what Medicare paid for similar services in 2015 and 2016.