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News stories in this section spotlight activities in California, including actions by the state Assembly and state Senate; proposed legislation; regulators like the Department of Managed Health Care and Department of Insurance; and the state ACA exchange, Covered California.

California Health Care Workers Set For Pay Boost As Newsom Signs Minimum Wage Bill

Hundreds of thousands of California health care workers are poised to receive wage increases under a bill signed late Friday by Gov. Gavin Newsom that will gradually raise the minimum wage for health industry workers to $25 an hour over the next several years. The legislation, introduced by State Sen. Maria Elena Durazo, D-Los Angeles, makes ...

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New California Regulation Extends UDAAP Prohibitions to Commercial Financing

While federal and state laws have long prohibited providers of financial services from engaging in unfair, deceptive, and abusive acts and practices (“UDAAP”), such prohibitions typically apply only to consumer-purpose transactions rather than business-purpose transactions. However, as of October 1, 2023, a new California law extends the UDAAP prohibitions already in place under the California Consumer Financial ...

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Newsom Signs Bill To Expand Conservatorships For The Severely Mentally Ill

California will expand its standards for involuntary medical treatment to include people whose mental illness or drug addiction inhibits their ability to keep themselves safe, under a bill signed Tuesday by Gov. Gavin Newsom. SB43 by Sen. Susan Talamantes Eggman, D-Stockton, was sponsored by psychiatric organizations and other health care professionals who said it would ...

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The PBM Unbundling Has Begun: How Blue Shield Of California And Others Are Embracing New Models

Using Blue Shield of California as a precedent, more health entities may scale back their reliance on their PBMs in favor of centers of excellence that provide specific services. But this new approach to pharmacy benefits needs an organized and connected way for information to be shared.

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New California Law Takes A Step Toward Single-Payer Healthcare

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill Saturday that sets the stage for California to work toward universal healthcare, such as a single-payer system that progressive activists have sought for years.

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Kaiser Permanente Strike Ends — For Now

A historic three-day strike at Kaiser Permanente ended on Saturday, but the parties have not yet agreed to a new contract for over 75,000 workers. The unions say another strike may be coming.

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom Vetoes Bill Aimed At Limiting The Price Of Insulin

Gov. Gavin Newsom has vetoed a bill that would have stopped insurance companies from charging more than $35 for insulin. The bill would have banned health plans and disability insurance policies from imposing any out-of-pocket expenses on insulin prescription drugs above $35 for a 30-day supply. That would have included deductibles and co-pays. Newsom, a ...

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Gavin Newsom Signs Law In ‘Overhaul’ Of Mental Health System. It Changes Decades Of Practice

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s signature mental health policies allow the involuntary treatment of more Californians with severe mental illnesses. Some fear the new laws will infringe on the civil liberties of people confined against their will.

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California Workers Will See More Paid Sick Time Off Under New Law

California workers will be entitled to five paid sick days, up from the current three, under a new law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday. The state’s powerful labor unions lobbied heavily for the legislation, which stalled at the Capitol in previous years but gained momentum after the COVID-19 pandemic cast new light on public health ...

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Pharmacies Must Report Prescription Errors Under Bill Signed By Governor

For the first time, California pharmacies must report every prescription error under legislation signed by the governor Sunday. The measure — Assembly Bill 1286 — is aimed at reducing the estimated 5 million mistakes pharmacists make each year. The Times detailed last month how Californians have been harmed by the errors, most of which happen ...

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