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March 15, 2018

California won’t be adopting single-payer health care with its $400 billion price tag anytime soon. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon made sure of that by opposing it.

But the health care system is ailing, and organized labor, health care advocates and several Democratic lawmakers are offering a new prescription in the form of several bills. The measures could provide a bridge to a single-payer system in the future.

March 15, 2018

California won’t be adopting single-payer health care with its $400 billion price tag any time soon. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon made sure of that by opposing it.

But the health care system is ailing, and organized labor, health care advocates and several Democratic lawmakers are offering a new prescription in the form of several bills. The measures could provide a bridge to a single-payer system in the future.

March 15, 2018

Promising to build on the Affordable Care Act, a coalition of influential interest groups announced a new legislative push Thursday for a patchwork of measures that aim to make healthcare in California cheaper and more accessible.

Advocates touted a slate of proposals, including expanding Medi-Cal access to adults without legal status and increasing subsidies to those buying insurance on the Covered California exchange, as priorities for this legislative session.

March 14, 2018

Obamacare is beginning to unravel, and California can't create its own replacement – at least not yet.

So health care advocates and lawmakers are working on a piecemeal approach. They want to offer a public insurance option to compete with private companies. They want to increase subsidies for those buying insurance through Obamacare. They want to cover most undocumented immigrants. They want to lower prescription drug costs.

March 14, 2018

Decenas de personas de todo el estado llegaron hasta el capitolio para exigir a los legisladores una ley que garantice que el agua en sus hogares sea potable y apta para el consumo humano. Matthew Godinez tiene los detalles.

March 14, 2018

As part of his final budget proposal, Gov. Jerry Brown wants new fees on water to provide clean and affordable drinking water to the approximately 1 million Californians who are exposed to contaminated water in their homes and communities each year.

March 7, 2018

In June 2016, California became the second state in the country, after Hawaii, to increase the minimum tobacco sales age from 18 to 21.

March 5, 2018

Few states embraced the Affordable Care Act more enthusiastically than California, which shrank its uninsured rate to a record-low 7 percent after enrolling millions more residents onto Medi-Cal and creating a system to sell subsidized health plans to Californians.

Now, in anticipation of the health law’s individual mandate ending in 2019, state lawmakers and health officials may have to go it alone to preserve those coverage gains.