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Could California Proposal Affect Medicaid in All States?

January 14, 2020

California’s plan to establish a single market for drug pricing within the state could set Medicaid policy for the entire country, some experts say, because the federal-state program requires all states to pay the lowest price available in any U.S. market. Read More

Californians Aren’t Getting the Mental Health Care They’re Legally Guaranteed. Why Not?

December 10, 2019

State Sen. Jim Beall is angry. Four times now, he has introduced legislation to better enforce state and federal “parity” laws, which require equal treatment of mental and physical health problems. Four times, that legislation has failed. As he enters his final year in the Legislature, the San Jose Democrat plans what he calls a “full-frontal assault”. “I’m going to put even more effort into next year,” Beall said, “because I’m madder than hell about it.” California’s parity mandate was signed into law in 1999, and a federal parity law followed in 2008. But the state has struggled to ensure those laws work‚ which helps explain why parity feels like an empty promise to so many Californians. More than half believe that most people with mental health conditions can’t get the services they need, according to a poll conducted last year by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the California Health Care Foundation Read More