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Negotiating Drug Prices: Should State Agencies Band Together?

Citing budget-busting drug costs, a California lawmaker wants state health programs to band together to negotiate better prices with drug companies. Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) has introduced a bill that would strengthen intra-agency collaboration on drug cost-saving strategies. Lawmakers will consider the bill at an Assembly Health Committee hearing on Tuesday. “Californians and Americans

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Grasping For The Middle Ground On Obamacare

Joel Hay, a professor at the University of Southern California, describes his political views as “conservative, free market.” But in a counterintuitive twist, his proposal to fix the Affordable Care Act would expand the largest source of public health coverage in the country: Medicaid. Hay, who specializes in health policy and economics, envisions an Obamacare

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California Lawmakers Consider Giving State Regulators More Grounds To Reject Health Insurance Mergers

State lawmakers are considering a proposal to give state regulators a broader mandate when evaluating whether insurance company mergers would be good for consumers. The proposal, approved in the California Assembly Health Committee earlier this week, would require the state’s Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) to evaluate if a health insurance merger would disrupt

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The Next Obamacare Battleground: Subsidies For Out-Of-Pocket Costs

When Republicans pulled their Affordable Care Act replacement bill last Friday, Lauren Lake’s primary reaction was relief. But like a lot of people who depend on state exchanges for coverage, the 51-year-old consultant also was wary. That’s because she knows the Trump administration could still undo an important part of the law she depends on

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House Leaders ‘Came Up Short’ In Effort To Kill Obamacare

Despite days of intense negotiations and last-minute concessions to win over wavering GOP conservatives and moderates, House Republican leaders Friday failed to secure enough support to pass their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the bill from consideration after he rushed to the White House to tell

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