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Three California Medical Association (CMA)-sponsored bills to increase access to care in the state cleared their first legislative hurdle last week. The bills, Assembly Bills 1805, 1759 and 2458, were each unanimously approved by the Assembly Committee on Health. Their passage followed an event earlier in day that saw the …

Three major managed care payors offering coverage through Covered California have provided additional information to their contracted providers on their exchange/mirror products. Together, these three payors – Health Net, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of California – account for approximately 75 percent of enrollment in Covered California products to …

On March 31, the U.S. Senate passed the “Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014” bill to postpone for one year the 24 percent cut to Medicare physician payments, under the program’s sustainable growth rate (SGR) payment formula. The bill (H.R. 4302) was signed into law by President Obama on …

On Monday, March 24, Consumer Watchdog, a front group for the Consumer Attorneys of California, submitted roughly 830,000 signatures to qualify a measure for the November ballot that would scrap key provisions California’s Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA). This deceptive measure will raise healthcare costs for all Californians by …

The ongoing fight to protect California’s Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA) continues as physicians and other healthcare providers vigorously defend the law. Created in 1975, MICRA is crucial to controlling health care costs and maintaining affordable health care.  Here’s why a broad coalition of doctors, community health clinics, hospitals, …

The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has delayed passive enrollment for three of the eight counties affected by the state’s “pilot project” to redesign care for Medicare/Medi-Cal dual eligibles. The project in these three counties—Alameda, Santa Clara and Los Angeles—will begin instead with a voluntary period, during which patients can …

On Thursday, October 3rd, KNX 1070 Radio presented ‘Healthcare Uncovered,’ giving Californians a broad range of information about choosing health insurance under the newly enacted Affordable Care Act (ACA). LACMA CEO Rocky Delgadillo served as a panelist during this town hall event, addressing the effects on physicians and patient care, as …

On July 24th, trial lawyers submitted Language to the California Attorney General in Sacramento, the first step in placing an initiative on the ballot that would ask voters to repeal California’s landmark Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA). Specifically, the initiative’s main provision would increase the cap on speculative, “non-economic” …

SB 491, a bill that would give California’s nurse practitioners more autonomy, failed Tuesday in the CA Assembly Business, Professions and Consumer Protection Committee. Authored by CA Senator Ed Hernandez, the bill would allow nurse practitioners to open practices without any oversight from a trained medical doctor and prescribe dangerous, …