Archive for the ‘ Healthcare ’ Category

Hand Out

By Tracy Seipel
tseipel@mercurynews.com
Posted:    01/21/2016 – 12:01:48 PM PST
Updated: 01/21/2016 – 07:01:54 PM PST

California’s four largest health plans may be on the hook for $10 billion in state back taxes — and at least $1 billion every year going forward — if a closely watched legal case does not break their way.

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Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown discusses the 2012-13 budget in 2012. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

John Myers and Melanie Mason
January 7, 2015

In an effort to break a political and policy logjam, Gov. Jerry Brown will unveil a state budget that revamps a controversial tax on health plans to avoid jeopardizing federal healthcare dollars.

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Martin Shkreli

32-year-old suspected of plundering Retrophin to pay debts. (Martin Shkreli – Photographer: Francesco Nazardo)

Bloomberg Business

By Christie Smythe and Keri Geiger | December 17, 2015

Martin Shkreli, the boyish drug company entrepreneur, who rocketed to infamy by jacking up the price of a life-saving pill from $13.50 to $750, was arrested by federal agents at his Manhattan home early Thursday morning on securities fraud related to a firm he founded.

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Kevin de Leon+Jerry Brown+Toni Atkins

California Gov. Jerry Brown, with Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, left, and Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, in June. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

John Myers
December 11, 2015

In the eyes of Martin Weil, it’s not the hard slog of political deal-making that explains why his 26-year old daughter, a quadriplegic with cerebral palsy who is unable to speak, struggles to keep the services she needs.

It’s more like political malpractice.

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Healthcare

U.S. health spending grew 5.3% last year, fueled by prescription drug costs and an expansion of insurance coverage, federal officials said Wednesday. (Fotolia / TNS)

Chad Terhune
December 2, 2015

U.S. healthcare spending grew 5.3% last year to $3 trillion, another sign that a historic slowdown in medical inflation may be ending, a new federal report shows.

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The Sacramento Bee: Dan Walters: Shell game on taxes must stop

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
December 1, 2015

  • State has levied special tax to finance Medi-Cal
  • Feds say that tax is no longer acceptable
  • Gov. Brown struggles to write a replacement

For years, the state has conducted something of a shell game to help finance Medi-Cal, its health insurance system for the poor that now covers nearly a third of Californians.

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The Hill: UnitedHealth CEO regrets entering ObamaCare

The Hill

By Sarah Ferris
12/01/15 – 11:05 AM EST

The CEO of UnitedHealthcare on Tuesday said he regretted the decision to enter the ObamaCare marketplace last year, which the company says has resulted in millions of dollars in losses.

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Sovaldi

Sovaldi, an expensive Hepatitis C treatment, is made by Gilead Sciences. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Gilead Sciences)

By Carolyn Y. Johnson and Brady Dennis
December 1, 2015 at 2:27 PM

–This story has been updated.–

Gilead Sciences executives were acutely aware in 2013 that their plan to charge an exorbitantly high price for a powerful new hepatitis C drug would spark public outrage, but they pursued the profit-driven strategy anyway, according to a Senate Finance Committee investigation report released Tuesday.

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ObamaCare

Health insurer UnitedHealth cut its earnings forecast, citing hits it expects to take from public insurance exchanges.

Chad Terhune
November 19, 2015

Industry giant UnitedHealth has warned it may quit selling Obamacare coverage across the country, raising questions about an expansion in California.

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The Fiscal Times: Obamacare Enrollees Are Reeling from High Deductibles

Healthcare

The Fiscal Times

By Eric Pianin
November 16, 2015

First, the administration revealed that enrollments for Obamacare next year will barely hit 10 million, far below previous projections.

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Calculator+Finance+Budget

Soumya Karlamangla
October 9, 2015

Half of Californians in the country illegally would be eligible for the state’s healthcare program for the poor if it were expanded under a proposal by legislators, a new report finds.

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Blue Shield
Blue Shield of California sued a former employee who has criticized the nonprofit insurer. (Bob Chamberlin/Los Angeles Times)

Chad Terhune
October 9, 2015

Health insurance giant Blue Shield of California sued its former public policy director and accused him of disclosing confidential company information.

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Politico: Obamacare repeal hits resistance from conservatives

Mitch McConnell

Mitch McConnell can’t afford to lose any more votes. | Getty

Politico

By Seung Min Kim
10/25/15 – 05:29 PM EDT

  • McConnell is having a hard time getting a simple-majority bill through the Senate.

Senate Republicans’ carefully-laid plans to use a powerful fast-track tool to send an Obamacare repeal to President Barack Obama is running into fresh resistance, with new opposition from high-profile conservatives and bubbling concerns from moderates.

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Los Angeles Times: Sex scandal leads to verdict against Prime Healthcare hospital

Prime Healthcare

Stuart Pfeifer
October 24, 2015

Dr. Prem Reddy has frequently been criticized over his tough management, cost-cutting and reduced medical services at Prime Healthcare Services Inc., his fast-growing Ontario-based hospital chain.

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The San Diego Union-Tribune: Costly Turing drug gets competition

Drug

San Diego’s Imprimis has introduced a compounded drug that sells for far less than Daraprim from Turing Pharmaceuticals. — John Gastaldo

By Bradley J. Fikes | Oct. 22, 2015 | Updated 6:23 p.m.
San Diego’s Imprimis has introduced a compounded drug that sells for far less than Daraprim from Turing Pharmaceuticals.

  • Turing Pharmaceuticals raised price of AIDS/cancer drug by 5,000 percent

Turing Pharmaceuticals sparked nationwide outrage and government investigations when it raised the cost of a generic drug used for AIDS and cancer from $13.50 to $750 a capsule.

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The New York Times: Many Low-Income Workers Say ‘No’ to Health Insurance

Health Insurance Rates

By Stacy Cowley
October 19, 2015

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. — When Billy Sewell began offering health insurance this year to 600 service workers at the Golden Corral restaurants that he owns, he wondered nervously how many would buy it. Adding hundreds of employees to his plan would cost him more than $1 million — a hit he wasn’t sure his low-margin business could afford.

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California Capitol

Melanie Mason
October 9, 2015

A new law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown Friday cements California’s expansion of public healthcare to children who are in the country illegally, underscoring the state’s immigrant-friendly tilt.

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Capitol Weekly: Governor signs end-of-life bill

Capitol Weekly

By John Howard
October 5, 2015

Gov. Jerry Brown, in one of the most emotional moments of his long political career, signed into law a bill allowing people near death to end their lives with lethal drugs supplied by a physician. “The crux of the matter is whether the state of California should continue to make it a crime for a dying person to end his life, no matter how great his pain or suffering,” Brown wrote in his official signing message.

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Los Angeles Times: Firm sues California attorney general over bid for Catholic hospitals

Prime Healthcare

By Stuart Pfeifer
September 20, 2015

Hospital operator Prime Healthcare Services Inc. is suing California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris for imposing strict restrictions that caused the Ontario company to back out of its attempted purchase of six Roman Catholic hospitals earlier this year.

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Hillary Clinton

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton campaigns in Baton Rouge, La., on Monday. (Jonathan Bachman / Associated Press)

By Evan Halper and Noam N. Levey
September 21, 2015

Democrats facing tough elections have been running away from Obamacare in their campaigns almost since the law was passed, but Hillary Rodham Clinton is taking a different approach. She is embracing it.

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Los Angeles Times: Judge allows unusual House GOP lawsuit against president to proceed

Barack Obama

President Obama speaks at Macomb Community College in Warren, Mich. on Wednesday. A federal judge has ruled that congressional Republicans have legal standing to sue his administration over spending related to the Affordable Care Act. (Mandel Ngan / AFP / Getty Images)

By David G. Savage
September 9, 2015

House Republicans won the opening round in a lawsuit against President Obama over their claim that his administration spent money for health insurers under the Affordable Care Act without receiving needed approval by Congress.

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Covered California

AP California News

By JUDY LIN
Associated Press
Jul 27, 2015 – 9:14 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The cost of private individual health plans on California’s state-run market will increase about 4 percent for the second straight year, evidence the strategy of forcing insurers to compete is controlling costs, program officials said Monday.

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InlandPolitics: Really! Another healthcare giant?

AnthemBlueCrossLogo

Saturday, July 25, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

Really! Another larges-scale merger, this time in the healthcare industry, and it’s supposed to be a good thing.

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Hmmm

Capitol Alert
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
July 10, 2015

  • The attorney general approved title and summary Friday
  • Three-quarters of the money would go to healthcare programs
  • The initiative says raising reimbursement rates should be a priority

A tobacco-tax initiative proposed for the November 2016 ballot would raise as much as $1 billion to increase reimbursement rates for healthcare providers, about three-quarters of the estimated revenue that would be generated by the $2-per-pack tax hike.

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The Sacramento Bee: Tax increases back on California’s agenda

Taxes

Capitol Alert
By David Siders and Jim Miller
dsiders@sacbee.com
July 9, 2015

  • Jerry Brown, Democratic lawmakers seek funding for roads, health care
  • Billions of dollars in unfunded maintenance plagues California roadways
  • Health funding more politically difficult than roads, but both efforts uncertain

Inheriting a budget deficit when he took office in 2011, Gov. Jerry Brown tried for months – and failed – to reach agreement with Republicans to put a tax measure on the ballot. He finally bypassed the Legislature and went directly to voters himself.

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Hillary Clinton

Hillary Rodham Clinton participates in a grass-roots organizing event in College Park at Dartmouth College on Friday in Hanover, N.H. (Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

By Philip Rucker
July 3, 2015 at 4:20 PM

HANOVER, N.H. — Hillary Rodham Clinton sharpened her partisan rhetoric to appeal to Democratic primary voters here Friday by issuing a dire warning: President Obama’s health care law would disappear if a Republican wins the White House in 2016.

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Tax Reform

AP California News
By Femit Nirappil and Judy Lin
Associated Press
June 29, 2015 – 2:37 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Legislature is holding two special sessions this summer to tackle long-vexing funding shortfalls in the state’s transportation and health care programs. But talk of targeted tax increases has prompted political hand-wringing.

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InlandPolitics: Supreme Court does GOP a huge favor

U.S. Supreme Court

Sunday, June 28, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

Set aside all the hubbub.

The Supreme Court of the United States did the Republican Party a huge favor this week.

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Debra J. Saunders

By Debra J. Saunders
Friday, June 26, 2015 – Updated 2:12 pm

The GOP-majority Supreme Court saved President Obama’s bacon Thursday with a political ruling that papered over his signature Affordable Care Act. Writing for the majority in the 6-3 King vs. Burwell decision, Chief Justice John Roberts noted that the 900-page law was written behind closed doors with little debate or amendment, and thus was “inartfully drafted.” It was the court’s obligation, he wrote, to translate bill language limiting the government subsidies to enrollees in “an exchange established by the state” to also cover federal exchanges.

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The Sacramento Bee: California vaccine bill clears Assembly

Hypodermic Syringe

Capitol Alert
By Jeremy B. White
jwhite@sacbee.com
June 25, 2015

  • Legislation would require pupils to be fully vaccinated
  • Vote follows furious protest from some parents
  • Bill now returns to the state Senate, then to Brown

The state Assembly passed a closely watched bill Thursday compelling schoolchildren to be fully vaccinated, approving the measure on a 46-30 vote that blurred party lines.

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Lou Desmond

Thursday, June 25, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

On the Lou Desmond and Company Show tonight, Lou is joined in the studio by Toyota of San Bernardino Owner Cliff Cummings and on the newsmaker line by Constitutional Scholar Ralph Rossum to discuss today’s depressing SCOTUS ruling. Scalia said it best: words no longer have meaning. So how could the Court end up at such a ruling?

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U.S. Supreme Court

Associated Press

By Mark Sherman
June 25, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the nationwide tax subsidies underpinning President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, rejecting a major challenge to the landmark law in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans.

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The San Francisco Chronicle: U.S. suffering from prescription drug shortage

Drugs

By Victoria Colliver
June 22, 2015
Updated: June 22, 2015 5:17pm

Drug shortages have turned into a nationwide chronic condition.

Disruptions in production, safety recalls, difficulties finding key raw ingredients, shifts in demand and decisions to discontinue certain products are just some of the reasons pharmaceutical makers give for not having enough supply. Nearly half the time, research shows, the reason is not disclosed, but the problem has escalated over the past five years.

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Reuters: Tensions build as Supreme Court readies blockbuster rulings

U.S. Supreme Court

Reuters

By Lawrence Hurley
Sunday, June 21, 2015

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Tensions are building inside and outside the white marble facade of the U.S. Supreme Court building as the nine justices prepare to issue major rulings on gay marriage and President Barack Obama’s healthcare law by the end of the month.

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calpers

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System spends $8 billion annually on healthcare for 1.4 million employees, retirees and dependents.

By Chad Terhune
June 18, 2015

  • CalPERS: HMO rates are rising 7.2% for 2016; PPO premiums are up 10.8%
  • CalPERS pins higher premium increases on rising drug costs, including hepatitis C drug Sovaldi

Citing higher drug prices, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System said its HMO premiums are rising by 7.2% next year.

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Jerry Brown

California Gov. Jerry Brown discusses his revised state budget plan during a news conference at the Capitol in Sacramento last month. On Tuesday, Brown and top Democratic lawmakers struck a deal on the budget. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

By Chris Megerian and Melanie Mason
June 17, 2015

Immigrant children who are in the country illegally would receive public healthcare coverage in California under a budget deal announced Tuesday by Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders.

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The Sacramento Bee: Opinion: Medi-Cal’s expansion hits a snag

Dan Walters

Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
June 16, 2015

  • Obamacare enrollees have difficulty finding providers
  • Legislative budget raised reimbursement rates in California
  • Spending deal axes rate increases, leaving issue in air

The Supreme Court will soon decide whether residents of states that refused to implement Obamacare are entitled to federal insurance subsidies.

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Debra J. Saunders

By Debra J. Saunders
Friday, June 12, 2015 – Updated 3:08 pm

“There are also those who claim that our reform effort will insure illegal immigrants. This, too, is false — the reforms I’m proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally,” President Obama proclaimed in a 2009 speech to Congress. It was a memorable event in part because Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., shouted, “You lie.” Editorial-page umbrage followed.

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Blue Shield of California

Blue Shield of California is seeking state approval for its $1.2-billion purchase of Care1st, a Medicaid insurer based in Monterey Park. Above, Blue Shied’s San Francisco headquarters. (Eric Risberg / Associated Press)

By Chad Terhune
June 5, 2015

  • Blue Shield of California takes on its critics in seeking state OK for a $1.2-billion acquisition of Care1st
  • Consumer groups dispute Blue Shield’s claim that the nonprofit doesn’t hold charitable assets

Health insurance giant Blue Shield of California is facing more questions over its loss of tax-exempt status as it tries to win state approval of a $1.2-billion acquisition.

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Hospital Costs

A $1,700 emergency room charge “is consistent with the charges assessed by other hospitals in our area,” a Good Samaritan Hospital spokeswoman says. (Tetra ImagesGetty Images/Brand X)

David Lazarus, Los Angeles Times
david.lazarus​@latimes.com
@Davidlazurus
June 5, 2015

  • Hospital patients face a tough challenge in getting a straight answer to the question, ‘Why so much?’
  • At $20 a pill, hospital imposed a markup of more than 14,000%, a healthy profit margin by anyone’s reckoning
  • Hospital charges $1,700 for a routine blood-pressure test, a pill and the use of a bed for 90 minutes

A single dose of the anti-anxiety drug lorazepam — the generic version of Ativan — will run you about 14 cents at Safeway or Target.

At Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles, the same pill goes for nearly $2,000.

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Jon Ortiz

The State Worker
By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
June 1, 2015

  • Draft legislation lowers benefits for future hires when they retire
  • Brown bargaining medical coverage terms with unions

Even as Gov. Jerry Brown bargains changes to retiree health benefits with four state-employee unions, his administration has drawn up some unnumbered bills that reveal the governor’s thinking on how to cut those costs long-term.

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Lou Desmond

Friday, May 29, 2015 – 03:00 p.m.

Coming to you from the Toyota of San Bernardino Studios, Lou is joined by Ed Hoffman, proprietor of Wholesale Capital Corporation. They talk about Francis Pusok, who was charged with 11 felonies yesterday.

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Los Angeles Times: Medi-Cal director talks shortages and modernization

Medi-Cal

By Soumya Karlamangla
May 24, 2015

Since California’s health insurance program for the poor was expanded under the Affordable Care Act last year, enrollment has exploded, with more than 3.5 million people signing up for the first time. Almost 1 in 3 Californians — a total of 12.2 million people — now receive coverage through Medi-Cal.

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Money

By Melanie Mason
May 4, 2015

Extending state-subsidized healthcare coverage to people in the country illegally could cost California as much as $740 million annually, according to a Senate fiscal analysis released Monday.

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Riverside-County-Seal

Exclusive Care, a Riverside County-run health insurance program for employees, sends patients to the county hospital in Moreno Valley. One supervisor is questioning whether the program pays Riverside County Regional Medical Center enough for patient care.

Published: April 29, 2015
Updated: May 2, 2015 4:20 p.m.

Since 1999, Riverside County employees have been able to get health care through an exclusive, county-run program called, fittingly enough, Exclusive Care.

To read story by Jeff Horseman in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Nurses contract ratified

CNA

Thursday, April 23, 2015 – 10:00 p.m.

All sides of a contract dispute affecting San Bernardino County Nurses and Per Diem Nurses have given their blessing to a new contract that will run through July 2017.

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Really

By Patrick McGreevy
April 23, 2015

Democratic state lawmakers on Thursday shot down a proposal that would have required all California state legislators to get their health insurance from Covered California, the benefits exchange set up to implement Obamacare in the state.

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Pete Aguilar

Congressman Pete Aguilar

Published: April 2, 2015 – 10:26 a.m.

Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Redlands, was one of four Democrats and 43 first-year representatives to sign a letter to House Speaker John Boehner this week urging him to repeal a tax on medical devices tied to the Affordable Care Act.

To read post by Jeff Horseman in The P-E Political Empire Blog, click here.

Calpensions: CalPERS urged to avoid Obamacare ‘Cadillac Tax’

Obamacare

By Ed Mendel
March 30, 2015

Employer and employee groups are urging CalPERS to “undertake all efforts” to avoid the “Cadillac Tax,” a 40 percent tax on high-cost health plans imposed in 2018 by President Obama’s health care law, a CalPERS staff report said this month.

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Golden Growth

By Lisa Zamosky
March 29, 2015

Coping with ever-increasing medical bills is frustrating — and getting more so.

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Los Angeles Times: Blue Shield of California is under new pressure to lower rates

Blue Shield

By Chad Terhune
March 27, 2015

With billions of dollars in reserve, nonprofit insurer Blue Shield of California is facing new pressure to offer better prices for its policies.

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The New York Times: Senate Approves Budget of G.O.P. Wishes in All-Night Session

GOP

By Jonathan Weisman
March 27, 2015

WASHINGTON — Emerging from an all-night session that contained more exhaustion than drama, Senate Republicans squeaked through a budget blueprint Friday morning that would repeal the Affordable Care Act, fundamentally remake federal health care for the poor and elderly, and push the federal deficit toward zero over the next decade.

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Riverside County Regional Medical Center

It’s the same facility, but area officials hope that calling it Riverside University Medical Center will attract more business.

Published: March 25, 2015 – Updated: 10:28 p.m.

Those who avoided Riverside County Regional Medical Center can now seek treatment at Riverside University Medical Center.

Just a couple of things worth noting, though.

To read story by Jeff Horseman in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Adelanto Logo

By BROOKE SELF
STAFF WRITER
Posted Mar. 22, 2015 at 3:50 PM

ADELANTO — About 40 former Adelanto employees and a few City Council members are named on a list of those who were grandfathered into a city policy granting free health care benefits for life, with an additional 26 former employees who stand to qualify but have not yet sought reimbursement, according to city records.

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Calpensions: LAO: consider phasing out retiree health care

LAO

By Ed Mendel
Monday, March 23, 2015

Gov. Brown’s plan to curb the long-ignored debt for state worker retiree health care, now much larger than their unfunded pension debt, may look familiar. It’s similar to the standard state and local government pension reform.

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Jon Ortiz

The State Worker
Jon Ortiz chronicles civil-service life for California state workers
By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
03/18/2015 – 4:27 PM

Unions lined up Wednesday to oppose Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to offer high-deductible medical coverage to state employees, suggesting it could hurt workers’ health instead of improving it.

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Lou Desmond

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 – 04:30 p.m.

Tonight on the Lou Desmond & Company Show, Lou is joined by Ryan Hagen, writer for the San Bernardino Sun, to discuss San Bernardino’s financial woes.

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Los Angeles Times: Prime Healthcare founder defends decision not to buy hospitals

No Sale

By Melody Petersen
March 12, 2015

The founder of Prime Healthcare Services Inc. defended his decision to pull out of a deal to buy six Catholic hospitals, saying critics were wrong to suggest that he placed profit over patients.

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Prime Healthcare

By Melody Petersen
March 11, 2015

Prime Healthcare Services Inc.’s proposed deal to buy six financially struggling Roman Catholic hospitals has collapsed, raising questions about how the nonprofit chain will keep its doors open.

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Lou Desmond

Monday, March 9, 2015 – 04:30 p.m.

Tonight on The Lou Desmond & Company Show, estimable economist Jay Prag joins Lou to discuss what it takes to be a leader in a business setting.

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Pay Cut

By Ed Mendel
Monday, March 9, 2015

Something that rarely happens in California could result from Gov. Brown’s proposal to contain growing state worker retiree health care costs — benefits received by current government retirees might be reduced.

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Barack Obama

President Obama speaks at the White House in Washington on March 1, 2013. (Associated Press)

By Stephen Dinan – The Washington Times
Updated: 11:33 a.m. on Monday, March 9, 2015

Obamacare exchange customers could see a significant spike in their premiums over the next few years as insurers face pressures from both the government and the marketplace, the Congressional Budget Office said Monday in a new analysis finding Obamacare is both cheaper and less comprehensive than predicted.

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The Lou Desmond & Company Show: The Affordable Care Act & SCOTUS

Lou Desmond

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 – 04:30 p.m.

Tonight on The Lou Desmond & Company Show, Executive Director of Pacific Legal Foundation’s D.C. Center and Constitutional Senior Fellow Todd Gaziano joins Lou to discuss the Supreme Court’s oral arguments that took place earlier today.

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U.S. Department of Treasury

By Philip Klein | February 26, 2015 | 6:11 am

The U.S. Treasury Department has rebuffed a request by House Ways and Means Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R- Wis., to explain $3 billion in payments that were made to health insurers even though Congress never authorized the spending through annual appropriations.

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Money

By Anna Gorman, Kaiser Health News
February 26, 2015

Roberta and Curtis Campbell typically look forward to tax time. Most years, they receive a refund – a little extra cash to pay off credit card bills.

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Prime Healthcare

By Tracy Seipel
tseipel@mercurynews.com
Posted: 02/24/2015 05:55:02 AM PST
Updated: 02/24/2015 05:55:35 AM PST

SAN JOSE — Take it or leave it. That’s the message to a Southern California for-profit company from Attorney General Kamala Harris who late last week laid out a dozen requirements for Prime Healthcare Services’ $843 million deal to buy six cash-crunched nonprofit hospitals.

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SFChronicle: Ex-Reagan speechwriter Dana Rohrabacher a big backer of legal pot

Dana Rohrabacher

By Joe Garofoli
Saturday, February 21, 2015 – Published 4:40 pm

Politicians don’t get much more conservative than Orange County Rep. Dana Rohrabacher. He was Ronald Reagan’s speechwriter, an inspiration behind California’s anti-immigration Proposition 187, a Cold War hardliner, and a man who self-deprecatingly calls himself a “Neanderthal Republican.”

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InlandPolitics: Obamacare continues to steamroll Democrats

Democrat

Saturday, February 2015 – 09:30 a.m.

It just keeps getting worse for Democrats nationally. The Obamacare steamroller was operating at full speed this week.

Where do I start?

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Prime Healthcare

By Stuart Pfeifer and Javier Panzar
February 20, 2015

California Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris on Friday approved the hotly debated sale of a chain of six struggling Catholic hospitals — including two in Los Angeles County — but imposed strict conditions on how they will be managed.

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SacBee: Covered California sends out 100,000 inaccurate tax forms

oops

By Judy Lin, Associated Press
02/19/2015 5:14 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California’s health exchange apologized Thursday for sending about 100,000 incorrect tax forms last month to people who purchased private coverage, a mistake that could delay tax filings or force households to amend their taxes.

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IRS -1

The Internal Revenue Service and Treasury Department are postponing the enforcement of yet another rule tied to the president’s health care law. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

By J.D. Harrison
February 19, 2015 at 3:11 PM

One of these days, employers will experience the full effects of Obamacare — but not yet.

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The Lou Desmond & Company Show: How ISIS Thinks & Hospice Care in America

Lou Desmond

Thursday, February 19, 2015 – 05:00p.m.

Tonight on The Lou Desmond & Company Show, Tom Del Beccaro, former Chairman of the California Republican Party joins Lou to discuss ISIS.

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LATimes: Covered California may offer special Obamacare enrollment period

Covered California

By Chad Terhune and Soumya Karlamangla
February 17, 2015

California’s health exchange, after notching 1.4 million in Obamacare enrollment as of Sunday’s deadline, said it may give uninsured people subject to a tax penalty yet another chance to sign up.

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InlandPolitics: Democrats complain about Obamacare penalties

ObamaCare

Monday, February 16, 2015 – 11:00 a.m.

It looks as if Congressional Democrats have figured out what we’ve been saying here for over a year.

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LATimes: Covered California makes final push for Obamacare sign-ups

Covered California

By Chad Terhune
February 14, 2015

Short of its enrollment goal ahead of a Sunday deadline, California’s Obamacare exchange made a final push for sign-ups at Los Angeles area clinics, churches and shopping malls.

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Prime Healthcare

By Tracy Seipel
tseipel@mercurynews.com
Posted: 02/14/2015 10:03:51 AM PST

Picture an empty hospital. No patients, no medical staff — not a stethoscope in sight.

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InlandPolitics: New Obamacare taxes just beginning

ObamaCare

Monday, February 9, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

First it was the “If you like your plan you can keep it” debacle.

Now everyone is just starting to get the second dose of Obamacare.

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LATimes: Anthem hack raises fears about medical data

AnthemBlueCrossLogo

Hackers have stolen information on tens of millions of Anthem Inc. customers, in a massive data breach that ranks among the largest in corporate history. The information stolen from the insurance giant includes names, birthdays, medical IDs, social security numbers.

By Chad Terhune
February 5, 2015

Insurance giant Anthem Inc. suffered a massive data breach exposing the personal information of up to 80 million Americans — and it could have been even worse for consumers.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Public Nurses strike appears to have worked

SBCO

Thursday, February 5, 2015 – 08:45 a.m.

The California Nurses Association (CNA) appears to have secured a victory against San Bernardino County.

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Jon Ortiz

By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
02/05/2015 7:54 AM

If you’re a state retiree or planning to become one, a piece of Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2015-16 budget proposal could hit your wallet.

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SacBee: California bill would require more vaccinations

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By Laurel Rosenhall
lrosenhall@sacbee.com
02/05/2015 7:48 AM

With measles breaking out in California 15 years after it was thought to be eradicated, two state senators introduced legislation Wednesday that would make it harder for parents to opt out of vaccinating their children.

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Lou Desmond

Monday, February 2, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

Tonight on The Lou Desmond & Company Show, economist Jay Prag and Producer Beth Baumann join Lou to discuss an array of topics.

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InlandPolitics: GOP needs to find right candidate in 2016

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Saturday, January 31, 2015 – 01:00 p.m.

We’ve said it here many times.

If there’s one group who can routinely shoot itself in the head, it’s the GOP.

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SacBee: Brown, employee unions set to tangle over health insurance

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By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
01/26/2015 7:31 AM

After years of making concessions to Gov. Jerry Brown, California labor leaders had hoped that the fourth-and-final-term Democrat finally would be in a giving mood.

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SacBee: Hepatitis C drug’s high cost hits California budget

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By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
01/16/2015 10:44 PM

Last year, after the Food and Drug Administration approved a breakthrough new drug for hepatitis C, health officials around the country warned of dire consequences for state budgets.

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