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March 15, 2017

By Melanie Mason

California Democrats, labor unions, health insurers and consumer advocacy groups — along with newly joined backer Tom Steyer, the billionaire activist — are restarting their effort to shed more light on prescription drug prices after a similar measure sputtered last year.

March 15, 2017

By Victoria Colliver

Billionaire activist Tom Steyer waded into the drug-pricing wars Wednesday, joining two California lawmakers in introducing the details of a new state bill designed to promote transparency in pharmaceutical costs.

March 15, 2017

By Ed Silverman

A California legislator is taking another stab at gaining transparency into drug pricing by introducing a bill that would require drug makers to notify state officials about planned price increases and to also justify price hikes. At the same time, the legislation would also require health plans to provide detailed information about drug costs and the portion of premiums attributed to this expense.

March 13, 2017

By Melanie Mason

It has become almost a reflex in the California Legislature: When Republicans in Washington act, Democrats in Sacramento make some show of opposition.

On Monday, it was about healthcare, with Senate Democrats taking up a speedily crafted, non-binding resolution assailing the House GOP's plan to replace the Affordable Care Act.

March 6, 2017

By Alison Kodjak and Joe Neel | NPR with KPCC

After years of waiting, it's finally here.

February 16, 2017

By Ed Hernandez and Connie M. Leyva

Republican lawmakers met at a private retreat in Philadelphia the other day and admitted to themselves what they refuse to tell the American public: They have no replacement for the Affordable Care Act (ACA). They have no workable plan. Their promise — to come up with a plan that would cover more people, at cheaper cost, while eliminating the revenue that would pay for such expanded coverage — is impossible to keep.

February 14, 2017

By Rebecca Plevin

California lawmakers are discussing how they will respond to a possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act, and Los Angeles County is poised to offer its own suggestions for how to deal with a cut in federal health care dollars.