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As Hospitals Post Price Lists, Consumers Are Asked To Check Up On Them

With much fanfare, federal officials required hospitals nationwide this year to post their “list” prices online. But it’s not yet clear how many are doing it, even as the government has taken the rare step of asking consumers to monitor hospital compliance. Most hospitals appear to be complying with the rule, according to hospital officials

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CA State Budget Proposal: 2019-20

On January 10, 2019, Gov. Gavin Newsom released the proposed 2019-20 state budget which includes a $144 billion general fund, which is a 4 percent increase over the $138 billion spending plan former Gov. Jerry Brown signed in June.  In remarks this morning, the governor indicated much of the increased spending would go to one-time

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Trump Highlights Health Agenda With Vow To Lower ‘Unfair’ Drug Prices

It was not the centerpiece, but health was a persistent theme in President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address at the Capitol on Tuesday night. Although the administration has focused more on issues of trade, taxes and immigration, the president laid out a series of health-related goals, including some that even Democrats indicated could

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Pain From The Government Shutdown Spreads. This Time It’s Food Stamps.

Antoinette Martinez was relieved when she heard she would receive her food stamps for February about two weeks early. Her cabinet was nearly empty after the holidays, and now she could stock up on groceries to feed her family. But Martinez also feared she wouldn’t be able to make the funds last. “I know I’m gonna

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California’s Top Lawyer Cements His Role As Health Care Defender-In-Chief

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Xavier Becerra, the political savvy Democratic attorney general of California, has sued the Trump administration 45 times in the past two years, often with much fanfare. In winning a legal challenge Sunday against new government rules limiting birth control, he once against cemented himself as a national figure leading a fight against

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