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DJ Wilson | Jun 3, 2019 | California

Series of California health care bills advance this week

Emily Viles | May 31, 2019 | California

Assembly passes statewide individual mandate bill

Emily Boerger | May 30, 2019 | California

5 Things California: Public option, Glenn Raup, What you missed

| May 23, 2019 | California

With the May budget revise now out, the legislature is moving towards finalizing the fiscal plan for the state by June 15. We'll have more on that in our next issue of 5 Things. For this issue, we're tracking a few "whoa" moments out in California health care in the last few...[ Read More ]

Jennifer Kent: Integration requires a "constitutional amendment"

| May 22, 2019 | California

In a recent interview with Politico, Jennifer Kent, California's Director of the Dept. of Health Care Services, offered her thoughts on what it might take to integrate behavioral and physical health. The topic has gained increasing traction as health care and health policy leaders recognize the importance of ending artificial...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Glenn Raup, RN, Providence St. Joseph Hospital

Emily Boerger | May 22, 2019 | California

Glenn Raup, RN, is the Executive Director of Emergency Nursing and Behavioral Health Services at Providence St. Joseph Hospital. He joins us in this edition of “What They’re Watching” to discuss the social determinants of health and the sustainability of pilot projects. “[I’m watching] anything that we can do to...[ Read More ]

John Baackes pens op-ed on the viability of a public option

Emily Boerger | May 21, 2019 | California

John Baackes is the CEO of L.A. Care Health Plan, the nation’s largest publicly operated health plan covering more than 2 million members. The Hill recently featured an op-ed written by Baackes where he makes the case for the viability of a public option.     In his op-ed, Baackes...[ Read More ]

Jennifer Kent dismissive of Medicaid drug bulk purchasing agreements with OR and WA

Emily Boerger | May 21, 2019 | California, Oregon, Washington

States along the West Coast are exploring the option of establishing bulk purchasing agreements as a means to drive down prescription drug costs. But, based off recent comments made by Jennifer Kent, Director of California’s Department of Health Care Services, it seems unlikely that California will team up with Oregon...[ Read More ]

AG Becerra on health care consolidation in California

Emily Boerger | May 21, 2019 | California

In a recent POLITICO California Pro Q&A with Attorney General Xavier Becerra, the California AG commented on a broad range of topics, including consolidation in health care.     In March 2018, Becerra filed a lawsuit against Sutter Health, claiming the hospital system engaged in anti-competitive practices, resulting in higher...[ Read More ]

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