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As ACA faces repeal, California has a better alternative

As ACA faces repeal, California has a better alternative

In the coming days, we may finally see an unveiling of the details and text of the “replacement” plan pledged by those in Congress who have lusted for years to repeal the Affordable Care Act. —Deborah Burger writing for The Sacramento Bee, 03/06/17 More »

How to fight back when an insurer denies your healthcare claim

How to fight back when an insurer denies your healthcare claim

Insurance companies are playing the odds, patient advocates say. They’re counting on people not having the stamina to challenge every denied claim, even when there’s a valid medical reason for a drug or treatment being covered. —David Lazarus, Los Angeles Times, 01/17/17 More »

Healthcare hell: Fighting to overturn denied insurance claims

Healthcare hell: Fighting to overturn denied insurance claims

One focus of the planned repeal of Obamacare is maintaining coverage for people with preexisting conditions. Republican lawmakers say the current law’s safeguards won’t change, but they have yet to explain how they’ll accomplish this without also keeping the mandate that everyone buy insurance. —David Lazarus, Los Angeles Times, 01/13/17 More »

Repealing Obamacare? Here’s a better idea – Medicare for all

Repealing Obamacare? Here’s a better idea – Medicare for all

Now that the dogged opponents of the Affordable Care Act have caught the Obamacare bus, transforming U.S. healthcare is back on the political agenda. Repeal of the ACA will not curb the persistent, systemic inequities of our profit-focused healthcare system. —RoseAnn DeMoro writing for The Huffington Post, 12/05/16 More »

Why Violence Against Nurses Has Spiked in the Last Decade

Why Violence Against Nurses Has Spiked in the Last Decade

Here’s an alarming statistic: Around one in four nurses has been physically attacked at work in the last year. Patients often kick, scratch, and grab them; in rare cases even kill them. In fact, there are nearly as many violent injuries in the healthcare industry as there are in all other industries combined. —Alexia Fernández Campbell writing for The Atlantic, 12/05/16 More »

Nurses say Jane Kim for state Senate to heal California

Nurses say Jane Kim for state Senate to heal California

There’s a heartbreak to any patient’s cancer diagnosis. So imagine watching my recent patient fight through treatment, knowing that when she exited the hospital, onto San Francisco’s streets, her health would simply unravel because she has no home, no shelter, nowhere to go. —Maureen Dugan, San Francisco Examiner, 10/21/16 More »

Op-Ed - Bernie Sanders: Stand up to Big Pharma greed Vote yes on Proposition 61

Op-Ed - Bernie Sanders: Stand up to Big Pharma greed Vote yes on Proposition 61

Prescription drug prices in the United States are the highest in the world — by far. Californians on Nov. 8 have a chance to stand up to the pharmaceutical industry’s greed and spark a national movement to end this price-gouging. —Senator Bernie Sanders, writing in the LA Times, 10/21/16 More »

Join nurses in voting ‘yes’ on Prop. 61 to lower drug prices

Join nurses in voting ‘yes’ on Prop. 61 to lower drug prices

If you want to know why we should pass Proposition 61 to lower prescription drug prices, ask a nurse. I can tell you the story of a young man in his late 40s living on a fixed income, working two jobs, who was diagnosed with high blood pressure. This one medication was going to cost him over $400 a month. —Amy Arlund, RN writing for The Fresno Bee, 10/19/16 More »

Without Prop 61, our patients will continue to suffer

Without Prop 61, our patients will continue to suffer

If you wonder why prescription drug prices are so high, take a look at how the big drug companies have rigged the system against all of us. We can take back control of our health by voting Yes on Proposition 61. —Kellie Montoya, RN writing for The Modesto Bee, 10/18/16 More »

Letter: If drug companies don’t like 61, then you should

Letter: If drug companies don’t like 61, then you should

Proposition 61, a proposal to limit some drug prices in California to the price paid by the Veterans Administration, shapes up to be the most expensive initiative fight in California history due to the money the drug industry is spending against it. —Oroville Mercury-Register, 10/12/16 More »

Proposition 61 Will Help Reduce Outrageous Prescription Drug Prices

Proposition 61 Will Help Reduce Outrageous Prescription Drug Prices

As public outrage has erupted over a 500 percent price increase for life-saving EpiPens and a $1,000-per-pill cost for the most effective hepatitis C treatment, the pharmaceutical industry appears to be beyond shame. —Kathy Dennis writing in the Sacramento Bee, 10/11/16 More »

Why California nurses back Prop. 61: Guest commentary

Why California nurses back Prop. 61: Guest commentary

If you want to know why nurses across California are campaigning for Proposition 61, here’s one thing Long Beach nurses increasingly see. —Margie Keenan writing for The Press Telegram, 10/03/16 More »

Nurses: Time to cut drug prices

Nurses: Time to cut drug prices

The best argument for passing Proposition 61 to cut drug prices in California, may be SB 1010, a modest effort to require the drug manufacturers give more notice and some justification when jacking up prices. —Deborah Burger writing for Capitol Weekly, 10/03/16 More »

Nurses, staff unions claim victory with new contracts at Whittier, San Gabriel hospitals

Nurses, staff unions claim victory with new contracts at Whittier, San Gabriel hospitals

Whittier Hospital Medical Center and San Gabriel Valley Medical Center agreed to contracts with their nurses and healthcare workers last week that include wage inreases of up to 26 percent over the four-year course of the agreements. —Christopher Yee, Whittier Daily News, 09/30/16 More »

Oakland Council Opposes Closure of Berkeley’s Only Hospital

Oakland Council Opposes Closure of Berkeley’s Only Hospital

Oakland City Council on Tuesday night voted unanimously to oppose the closure of Berkeley’s only hospital, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center. —Sydney Johnson, The Post News Group, 09/23/16 More »

Battle over East Bay hospital closure draws hundreds to town hall meeting

Battle over East Bay hospital closure draws hundreds to town hall meeting

BERKELEY, Calif. – A town hall meeting in Berkeley drew nearly two hundred people to talk about how to prevent the Alta Bates Summit Hospital in Berkeley from closing. —KTVU, 09/22/16 More »

How a bite from a stray dog shows the sick state of U.S. healthcare

How a bite from a stray dog shows the sick state of U.S. healthcare

Jan Kern was bitten by a stray dog while traveling abroad and ended up with a jaw-dropping illustration of why the U.S. healthcare industry is completely sick. —David Lazarus, LA TImes, 09/15/16 More »

Drug companies spend millions to keep charging high prices

Drug companies spend millions to keep charging high prices

Pharmaceutical heavyweight Mylan, the latest poster child for drug-industry greed, finally stuck up for itself Thursday. It argued that “the system,” not avarice, was to blame for the company jacking up the price of EpiPens, a common (and life-saving) allergy remedy, by over 400%. —David Lazarus, LA TImes, 08/26/16 More »

Nurses strike against Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital

Nurses strike against Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital

Registered nurses begin one-day strike at Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital, claim patient safety at risk because of understaffing and long hours without breaks. —John Chadwell, reporting for BenitoLink, 08/24/16 More »

Tentative agreement halts Watsonville Community Hospital nurses strike

Tentative agreement halts Watsonville Community Hospital nurses strike

After a long dispute with the hospital, nurses were able to address staffing concerns, “achieve economic improvements” and obtain protection of their health coverage, according to a statement released by the California Nurses Association. —Ryan Masters, Santa Cruz Sentinel, 06/22/16 More »

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