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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 Sees Decline In COVID Hospitalizations. Will It Last?

New COVID-19 hospital admissions have decreased for a second consecutive week in California, signaling a modest but reassuring trend as the state emerges from a late-summer swell of infections.

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Sansum, Sutter Health Finalize Partnership

A deal more than a decade in the making came to fruition on Sept. 29, when CEOs for both Sansum Clinic and Sutter Health announced the finalization of a partnership between the two nonprofit health care entities. Based in Santa Barbara, Sansum is now part of Sutter Health, a Sacramento-based organization that operates a network ...

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California Officials Seek ‘CARE’ Without Coercion as New Mental Health Courts Launch This Fall

Under the new system, family members and first responders can ask county judges to order people with psychotic illness into treatment, even if they are not unhoused or haven’t committed a crime. A judge will then determine if a person meets criteria for the program and may oversee a care agreement or compel a treatment plan.

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Gavin Newsom’s Plan To Overhaul California’s Mental Health System Heading To Voters In March

California lawmakers endorsed Gov. Gavin Newsom’s latest plan to address the state’s worsening homeless crisis. Now, it’ll be up to voters.

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Proposed $35 Price Cap On Insulin Heads To Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Desk

A proposal by a Bay Area lawmaker that would cap the cost of insulin to $35 is heading to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk after being unanimously approved by state legislators. Senate Bill 90 by State Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) passed the Assembly with a 63-0 vote and the State Senate on a 39-0 vote. The ...

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California Health Care Tax Proponents Go To The Ballot

The coalition that secured a $36 billion tax deal to pump more money into Medi-Cal wants to make it harder for future administrations to spend that revenue elsewhere. The Coalition to Protect Access to Care — an amalgam of monied health care interests that includes representatives for doctors, hospitals, health plans and other key players ...

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California Closes In On $25 Health Care Wage

California health care workers could get a $25 minimum wage as a key labor union and employers close in on a sweeping deal. The emerging agreement between SEIU State Council and health care industry players would secure the $25 pay rate and impose a truce on recurring ballot fights over dialysis clinics. The industry agreed to ...

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California Pharmacies Are Making Millions Of Mistakes. They’re Fighting To Keep That Secret

California pharmacies, including those owned by big chains, make an estimated 5 million errors a year — but they’re not required to report them to state regulators.

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What Impact Will California’s New “Transaction Review” Law Have?

California passed a law last year aimed at controlling rising healthcare costs that gave the state the ability to scrutinize healthcare deals of a certain size involving California companies. What impact can it have?

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Blue Shield Of California CEO: PBMs Need To ‘Fundamentally’ Change

Blue Shield of California shocked a lot of people when it announced it was going to drop CVS Health (CVS) as its main pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) and instead go with companies like Amazon Pharmacy (AMZN) and Mark Cuban's Cost Plus Drugs.

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