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June 26, 2017

By Mary Agnes Carey and Phil Galewitz and Ana B. Ibarra

Senate Republicans’ legislation to overhaul the Affordable Care Act would leave an additional 22 million people without health care coverage over the next decade and cut the federal deficit by $321 billion, according to a Congressional Budget Office analysis released late Monday.

By 2026, an estimated 49 million people would be uninsured, compared with about 28 million who would lack coverage under current law.

June 23, 2017

By Rebecca Plevin

Planned Parenthood affiliates in California are vowing to fight the Senate GOP's proposal to eliminate federal support for the health care organization.

The group will do everything from calling members of Congress to "seeking legal avenues that protect... access to affordable, quality health care for our patients," said Julianne Hines, a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley.

June 23, 2017

By Anna Gorman and Kellen Browning and Ana B. Ibarra

June 23, 2017

http://californiahealthline.org/news/lots-of-boos-in-california-for-senate-health-bill/

 

California politicians, medical providers and consumer advocates served up harsh critiques of the newly unveiled Senate health care bill Thursday, arguing that the proposed legislation could make coverage inaccessible for poor residents while cutting taxes on the rich.

June 22, 2017

By Michelle Faust

Consumer advocates, state politicians and members of the health industry are worried about how the Senate GOP health bill released Thursday might affect California. The plan cuts most taxes associated with the Affordable Care Act and rolls back a lot of federal funding.

"What it proposes is just an enormous step backward," says Amy Adams, senior program officer for the California Health Care Foundation.

June 9, 2017

By Ed Hernandez

Special to The Bee

June 09, 2017 1:30 PM

Each year, more than 200,000 Californians walk out of their doctor’s office with a diagnosis of diabetes. Up and down the Central Valley, in many of the poorest communities in the state, more than half the residents are considered obese and two-thirds suffer from either diabetes or pre-diabetes.

But it’s not just the number of cases that is rising. The cost of the medicine to combat the disease is exploding at the same time.

May 30, 2017

BY ALEXEI KOSEFF

From presidential campaign promises to congressional hearings on the price of EpiPens, 2016 was the year that public anger over the rising cost of prescription drugs boiled into a national outrage.

California lawmakers responded this session with a half-dozen measures targeting players across the complex supply chain that brings medications to patients and determines what they pay. To tackle what those legislators say is a problem of drug affordability, however, they’ll first have to agree on who is to blame.

May 30, 2017

By Patrick McGreevy

Alarmed by skyrocketing prices for some prescription drugs, the California Senate on Tuesday approved a measure aimed at increasing pressure to hold down costs to consumers by requiring more public reporting of price hikes.

The lawmakers approved a bill that would require drug manufacturers to notify health plans and state purchasers such as the prison department of increases in the wholesale cost of drugs in writing at least 90 days before the new costs were to take effect.

May 25, 2017

By Anna Gorman May 25, 2017

Though the budget analysis released Wednesday on the GOP health care bill didn’t address California specifically, both the state’s Medicaid program and its individual market could be seriously harmed if the legislation passes, according to legislators, consumer advocates and other critics.

“I feel like I am in a bad dream,” said Sen. Ed Hernandez, the West Covina Democrat who chairs the state Senate Health Committee.

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