California health care

California Joins Other States in Opioid Lawsuit

Jun 4, 2019

On Monday California joined more than 40 other states in suing the maker of OxyCotin. KVCR's reads this story from Capital Public Radio.

Covered California has drafted a roadmap on how much it would cost the state to make health insurance more affordable.  Capital Public Radio's Sammy Caiola reports.

Patients who get written prescriptions from their doctors may be having a tough time getting their medications this month. CapRadio’s health care reporter Sammy Caiola has more.

In his inauguration speech Monday, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced a handful of proposals he says will make health care more affordable.  Capital Public Radio's Sammy Caiola looks at his plan to tackle drug pricing.

As of today (Wednesday), California doctors are required to check a statewide computer database before writing a prescriotion for an opioid or other controlled substance.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

A package of bills intended to make medical treament more accessible and affordable got the OK from California Governor Jerry Brown this weekend. CapRadio's Sammy Caiola reports.

After a noisy push for single-payer health care divided California Democrats last year and spawned months of hearings and discussions, the new state budget contains little to mark that debate.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.


Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsome has faced criticism in the California governor's race over his stance on single-payer health care.  Newsome says he backs the bill that stalled int eh state Legislature last year - but not in its current form.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.

A bill that would expand health care coverage to undocumented adults has moved forward in the California state Assembly.  It passed along party lines yesterday (Tuesday).  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

There's a new plan to bring down California's health care costs, but opponents say it could end up hurting - not helping - patients. Capital Public Radio's Sammy Caiola explains.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

This month, Medicare beneficiaries in Southern California will be receiving new Medicare cards.  KVCR's Isel Cuapio spoke with Andrew Whitelock from the Senior Care Action Network (SCAN) about the changes.

Kaiser Health News

Supporters of a ballot initiative to reform the dialysis industry filed more than 600,000 signatures with county officials up and down the state yesterday (Thursday), in an effort to get on the November ballot.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper reports.

California lawmakers are looking to expand health care benefits, including to immigrants in the country without legal documentation.  How to pay for that remains an open question.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports a new study shows one potential area for savings.

There's a lack of mental health providers across California, and new research shows that it's only getting worse.  Capital Public Radio's Health Care reporter Sammy Caiola looks into the shortage.

A health care leader from the Trump administration told doctors, hospital directors and seniors in the Central Valley that she's ready to fix problems in the public health system. Capital Public Radio's Sammy Caiola was on hand.

Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

Some California state Assembly members are reviving their push for universal health care this week with two days of informational hearings.  Capital Public Radio's Sammy Caiola has a recap.

The California Senate has advanced a bill that would create a statewide single-payer universal health care system.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports on yesterday's (Thursday) two-and-a-half hour debate.

Backers of a bill to create a single-payer health care system in California are for the first time suggesting how it might be paid for.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Some kidney disease patients and health workers are supporting a bill that they say would address chronic understaffing issues at dialysis clinics.  Capital Public Radio's Sally Schilling reports.

$400 billion.  That's the first estimate of how much it could cost to create a statewide single-payer health care system in California.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.

The two top executives at Long Beach-based Molina Healthcare -- the sons of the company's founder -- have been ousted from their executive positions by the Molina Healthcare board.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Republican leaders in the California Senate want Governor Brown to use new tobacco tax money to fix the state's Denti-Cal program.  Capital Public Radio's health care reporter Ja'Nel Johnson says that's after a state watchdog group called the Denti-Cal program dysfunctional in a report last year.

SEIU Local 1000

Hundreds of health care workers were joined by local elected officials at a rally in Pomona to protest staffing, wages, and working conditions at Pomona Valley Hospital.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

California will son have two drug and alcohol treatment centers for Native American youth. Capital Public Radio health reporter, Ja'Nel Johnson has details about both centers.

A civil rights complaint last week asserts Latinos are receiving unequal access to Medi-Cal reimbursements.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem reports on the claim now making its way through federal court.

An increasing number of Californians are going to the doctor by sitting in front of their computers.  Capital Public Radio's Katie Orr reports.

An independent state oversight board will review California's troubled Denti-Cal program today [Thursday].  That's after a December audit found fewer than half of the program's 5-million children received care.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

The U.S. Justice Department has reached a settlement with Colton's Arrowhead Regional Medical Center that the hospital failed to adequately provide translators for deaf and severely hearing impaired patients.  KVCR has more in this report.

More California voters support the Affordable Care Act.  As Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, the latest Field Poll shows most believe the state has successfully implemented the health care law.

California is under orders to change the way it funds Medi-Cal.  Lawmakers are considering the issue in a special legislative session.  Capital Public Radio's Katie Orr has details on a proposal announced yesterday [Monday].