California Healthline: Hearing Looks at High Cost of Medicine

by David Gorn “This is a time of great hope for many of us in health policy,” said Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) at last week’s Senate Committee on Health hearing, “Making Health Care Affordable: Exploring California’s Efforts.” “To date, more than 2.3 million Californians have been added to Medi-Cal or the exchange,” Hernandez said. “These … Continue reading

Capital Public Radio: State Loan Repayment Help Not Enough to Remedy California Doctor Shortages

By Pauline Bartolone Millions more Californians will start enrolling in health insurance next year. But experts are worried that a limited number of doctors in the state will mean health care consumers will have an insurance card but no doctor to see them. Dr. Glen Villanueva has known he wanted to be a doctor since he … Continue reading

LA Times: Health law delivers $2.1 billion in savings on drugs for seniors

By Noam N. Levey February 2, 2012, 9:17 a.m. Reporting from Washington — In the first full year of the new healthcare law, 3.6 million people in the government Medicare program saved $2.1 billion on prescription drugs in 2011, the Obama administration announced Thursday. The savings are one of the first tangible benefits of the sweeping overhaul that the president … Continue reading

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