In The News

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

Continue Reading...

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

Continue Reading...

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

Continue Reading...

Coverage Denied: Medicaid Patients Suffer As Layers Of Private Companies Profit

Marcela Villa isn’t a big name in health care — but she played a crucial role in the lives of thousands of Medicaid patients in California. Her official title: denial nurse. Each week, dozens of requests for treatment landed on her desk after preliminary rejections. Her job, with the assistance of a part-time medical director,

Continue Reading...

En Route To Congress, California Democrats Hit Wall On ‘Medicare-For-All’

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Each of the seven California Democrats who flipped Republican congressional seats in the midterm election campaigned for more government-funded health care — with most of them calling for a complete government takeover. So when they join the Golden State’s delegation this week, they will make it the largest state bloc to support

Continue Reading...