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February 15, 2018

Hospitals would be required to get written confirmation from homeless shelters before discharging patients to those facilities under a bill introduced Wednesday in the California State Senate.

The bill, carried by Sen. Ed Hernandez, D-Azusa, is designed to curb the practice known as hospital patient “dumping,” or discharging poor people to the streets, shelters or other agencies incapable of caring for them.

February 14, 2018

As states led by Republicans prepare to impose tough new conditions for Medicaid recipients with the Trump administration’s blessing, a California legislator wants to ensure no such requirements would be enacted here.

State Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-Azusa) has introduced a bill that would bar the state from asking the federal government’s permission to impose work or volunteer requirements in order for low-income residents to be eligible for Medicaid, known in California as Medi-Cal.

February 9, 2018

This week, advocates of moving California to a single-payer health care system renewed their push in Sacramento. On Wednesday, hundreds of them crowded into a hearing of a special State Assembly committee that's exploring whether and how to bring universal health care to the state.

February 8, 2018

Approximately 1,500 people rallied at the Capitol on Thursday asking legislators to end health disparities in California’s breadbasket, which has some of the highest child poverty rates and the worst air quality in the state.

Nearly 4 million people live in the San Joaquin Valley, and many still lack access to health care, clean water and food, according to the Sierra Health Foundation, an organizer of the rally.

February 8, 2018

SACRAMENTO — Imagine a place where people turn on their faucets and the pipes spit out contaminated water. Or the air pollution is so thick that it causes asthma. A place where the top grossing industry pays its workers wages so low that many struggled to survive.

For many living in parts of the San Joaquin Valley, they don’t have to imagine. It’s the crushing reality they face every day — and policy makers and state advocates are beginning to notice.

February 5, 2018

Nearly a month after the City Council quietly fired a former attorney general serving as a government watchdog, the City of Industry is now debating whether to hire a new “ethics adviser” to finish a laundry list of reforms meant to prevent corruption.

February 1, 2018

It was expected to be a perfunctory statehouse meeting — three lobbyists and a legislator discussing a proposal to educate Louisiana doctors about the price of drugs they prescribe.

The bill seemed like a no-brainer in a country where even decades-old medicines can cost thousands and consumers are urged to make smart choices in buying health care. The legislation simply required pharmaceutical sales reps promoting medicines at doctors’ offices to also reveal a price.

January 29, 2018

The Covered California open enrollment deadline is Jan. 31.

Officials said compared to last year, the pace for new enrollees is up. Also, the people who will receive subsidies for their rates went down in 2018.

However, that is expected to change in 2019 with the removal of the federal penalty. Covered California predicts rates will go up, and it is preparing for potentially hundreds of thousands of less enrollees.