California Healthline: Bills Introduced To Reverse, Study Effects of 10% Cut to Medi-Cal Providers

by David Gorn An Assembly bill introduced yesterday would reverse the 10% cut in Medi-Cal provider rates approved by the Legislature in 2011. A second Assembly bill, also introduced yesterday, would take a different tack on the reimbursement conundrum. It would order an independent analysis to determine the degree of impact rates have on access to … Continue reading

Contra Costa Times: Obamacare: Two Bay Area legislators want to expand law’s subsidies in high-cost areas

By Tracy Seipel    Hoping to increase the number of Americans eligible for tax subsidies under the new federal health care law, two Bay Area lawmakers introduced a bill Tuesday that would expand the subsidized income level for those living in high-cost areas of the country. U.S. Reps. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, and Mike Thompson, … Continue reading

California Healthline: Assembly Passes Continuity of Care Bill

by David Gorn The Assembly last week unanimously approved a measure aimed at making sure patients will be able to complete certain courses of treatment despite changes in insurance coverage because of the Affordable Care Act. AB 369 by Assembly member Richard Pan (D-Sacramento), carried over from the previous session, received unanimous approval. That’s unusual for any … Continue reading

California Healthline: Senate Passes Bill Requiring Coverage, Notice After Changes in Provider Status

by David Gorn  The state Senate yesterday passed a bill to require insurers to give proper notice if they sever ties with a provider so people know their provider of choice is no longer covered in-network. The bill also would force insurers to maintain coverage for appointments made before providers’ network status changed. “This bill protects … Continue reading

Reuters: Three Republican senators offer Obamacare alternative

BY DAVID MORGAN U.S. Senator Richard Burr speaks during the National Rifle Association’s 139th annual meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina May 14, 2010. CREDIT: REUTERS/CHRIS KEANE  (Reuters) – Three prominent Republican senators on Monday called for replacing Obamacare with a package of election-year proposals intended to lower health insurance costs while retaining some elements of President Barack Obama’s health … Continue reading

Alzheimer’s Association: Record $122 million increase for Alzheimer’s disease signed into law by President Obama

At the urging of the Alzheimer’s Association and its more than 600,000 advocates, the funding bill signed into law today by President Obama contained an unprecedented $122 million increase for Alzheimer’s research, education, outreach and caregiver support. The Association applauds the Obama administration for calling for increased Alzheimer’s funding in the president’s Fiscal Year 2014 … Continue reading

California Healthline: Advocates Surprised, Disappointed at What’s Missing From Brown’s Budget

Randall Benton / Gov. Jerry Brown walks through the Capitol to a news conference Thursday where he unveiled his proposed state budget for the year that begins July 1. Read more here:

by David Gorn Health care advocates were “surprised and upset” that so many recent cutbacks and program eliminations remained static in Gov. Jerry Brown’s (D) proposed budget released yesterday. “For this year, there’s very good news,” Brown said yesterday at a Sacramento press conference. “But by no means are we out of the wilderness. We must be very … Continue reading

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California Healthline: Returning Health Bills on Capitol Agenda

by David Gorn   When the California Senate and Assembly met yesterday for the first time since September, most of the public oration on the floor in both chambers centered on tributes to recently deceased South African leader Nelson Mandela. As attention turns to legislative issues, lawmakers will have some familiar ground to cover with 104 bills carrying … Continue reading

California Healthline: Legislature Returns, So Will Some Bills

by David Gorn  The California Legislature reconvenes Monday and lawmakers may ring in the old as well as the new. Several high-profile bills are likely to resurface this session, including expansion of mid-level caregivers’ scope of practice and rescission of a Medi-Cal provider rate cut that went into effect last year. “Given the brighter financial … Continue reading

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