California Healthline: An Election Night Murder-Mystery: What Killed Prop. 45?

by Dan Diamond Back in June, more than 60% of Californians supported it. But on Tuesday night, more than 60% of Californians voted against it. What went wrong with Proposition 45, the once popular rate-review ballot initiative? Here’s a list of potential factors — and it’s hard to pick just one. It was outgunned Prop. … Continue reading

San Jose Mercury: California voters reject Propositions 45, 46, 48; pass 47

By Tracy Seipel and Jessica Calefati California voters soundly rejected two hotly contested propositions Tuesday night — one that would have halted excessive health care insurance rates and another that would have raised the state’s 39-year-old cap on medical malpractice damage awards. An Indian gaming proposal also failed. But voters passed a measure that requires … Continue reading

Modern Healthcare: What Tuesday’s elections mean for healthcare

By Paul Demko  The outcome of Tuesday’s elections could have profound implications for healthcare policy. Most significantly, the outcome of the fight for control of the Senate will shape the tenor and content of the healthcare debate in Washington in the coming months and whether Republicans can damage Obamacare. Republicans need to pick up six … Continue reading

Sacramento Business Journal: Ballot measure seeks stable source of Medi-Cal funding through fee

Kathy Robertson  Health care providers and community groups submitted 1.3 million signatures to the state Monday to qualify an initiative for the November ballot that seeks to provide a stable source of funding for the Medi-Cal program and nail down how it is spent. More than 615,000 people in the greater Sacramento region — defined … Continue reading

Government Health IT: Tavenner announces Blum’s departure

Diana Manos WASHINGTON – Jonathan Blum, principal deputy administrator at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will be stepping down from his position on May 16. The announcement came by way of an internal email via CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner. “It is with mixed emotions that I let you know that our Principal Deputy … Continue reading

The Sacramento Bee: Hospitals pour money into California ballot campaign

In less than three months, healthcare networks and individual hospitals have pumped more than $51 million into a proposed ballot measure meant to lock up revenue from a Legislature-approved fee on acute-care hospitals. The measure would limit lawmakers’ ability to change or repeal the “Medi-Cal Hospital Reimbursement Act,” which lawmakers passed last year as SB 239. … Continue reading

LA Times: Democrats hoping to succeed Rep. Waxman square off in Pacific Palisades

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Beverly Hills) takes phone calls in his Washington office after his Jan. 30 announcement that he would not seek another term. (Associated Press / January 30, 2014) By Jean Merl State Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance), who is vying for a high-profile congressional seat, picked up the endorsement Sunday of the Pacific Palisades Democratic Club. The endorsement came after … Continue reading

California Healthline: Latino Issues at Exchange Prompt Bill Proposing Change in Board Composition

by David Gorn A state Senate bill introduced yesterday would increase the number of Covered California health benefit exchange board members from five to seven and would increase the number of expertise categories for those board members. SB 972 by Sen. Norma Torres (D-Pomona) was prompted, in part, by low numbers of Latino enrollees in the exchange, … Continue reading

California Healthline: ACA To Be Key Issue Ahead of 2014 Midterm Elections

On Tuesday, the Republican National Committee launched a multistate radio advertising campaign that takes aim at 12 Democratic senators and House representatives who support the Affordable Care Act and are up for re-election this November, Yahoo! News reports. The ad campaign aims to reignite the controversy surrounding the insurance policy cancellation issue last fall that affected millions of U.S. residents. … Continue reading

LA Times: Mayor Eric Garcetti tells several managers they will keep their jobs

  Brenda Barnette, shown at a City Council meeting in 2010, has been retained by Mayor Eric Garcetti to lead the Department of Animal Services. (Katie Falkenberg / For the Times / July 13, 2010) By David ZahniserOctober 1, 2013, 11:54 a.m.  Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has told at least five of the city’s department heads that he has decided to … Continue reading

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