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California Nurses Association: ‘We have to push our governor’ on single-payer healthcare

California Nurses Association: ‘We have to push our governor’ on single-payer healthcare

Cathy Kennedy of the California Nurses Association says the group will continue to argue for single-payer health care, regardless of who is governor. —Angela Hart, The Sacramento Bee, 04/11/17 More »

Time for California to Join Rest of Developed World in Guaranteeing Healthcare for ALL

Time for California to Join Rest of Developed World in Guaranteeing Healthcare for ALL

Fortunately, Donald Trump and his Congressional cronies failed in their attempt to throw millions of Americans off their healthcare plans. That said, we nonetheless cannot rest on our laurels or continue playing defense when it comes to the gains we’ve made. —Ricardo Lara writing for LA Progressive, 04/10/17 More »

Medicare-for-All Advocates Rally Nationwide

Medicare-for-All Advocates Rally Nationwide

With a new poll strengthening their case and the Republican healthcare bill’s failure energizing their call, Medicare-for-all advocates are holding rallies in scores of communities across the nation on Saturday “to go on the offense and demand a healthcare system that covers everyone and costs less.” —By Andrea Germanos / Common Dreams, 04/09/17 More »

Santa Cruz rally supports state health bill

Santa Cruz rally supports state health bill

SANTA CRUZ >> Even the nose-bleed seats were full in the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium for a rally to support a Senate bill that would eradicate private health insurance in California. —Michael Todd, Santa Cruz Sentinel, 04/03/17 More »

Lara Announces Details on Single-Payer Health Care System for All Californians

Lara Announces Details on Single-Payer Health Care System for All Californians

Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, released policy details about a plan to create a single-payer health care system for all California residents on Thursday. —Taryn Luna, The Sacramento Bee, 03/30/17 More »

Perspective: Why now is the time for California to embrace single-payer healthcare

Perspective: Why now is the time for California to embrace single-payer healthcare

Here we go again with national health care reform. But given the large gap between policies favored by Californians and those of the GOP in Washington, D.C., there is every reason for the Golden State to chart it’s own health care course. —Michael Lighty writing for Center of Health Journalism, 03/17/17 More »

Sticker Shock Forces Thousands Of Cancer Patients To Skip Drugs, Skimp On Treatment

Sticker Shock Forces Thousands Of Cancer Patients To Skip Drugs, Skimp On Treatment

John Krahne received alarming news from his doctor last December. His brain tumors were stable, but his lung tumors had grown noticeably larger. —Liz Szab, Kaiser Health News, 03/15/17 More »

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 »

Now on Starbucks’ menu: Less health coverage

Now on Starbucks’ menu: Less health coverage

Starbucks announced Monday that it will give its U.S. workers a raise that will boost compensation by 5% to 15%. That’s very cool. The coffee giant also said it will offer employees more affordable health insurance that will cut costs by being less comprehensive. That’s not so cool. —David Lazarus, LA TImes, 07/12/16 More »

Why Democrats should put Medicare for all in platform

Why Democrats should put Medicare for all in platform

When Democrats gather in Orlando on Friday to act on their party's platform, they should present a vision for the future beyond just defeating Donald Trump. —RoseAnn DeMoro writing for Orlando Sentinel, 07/06/16 More »

Sanders says single-payer health care can happen in his first term if ‘people demand it’

Sanders says single-payer health care can happen in his first term if ‘people demand it’

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders said that he has no hard timetable for moving to a single-payer health-care system if he wins the White House but that he hopes it’s something he could accomplish in his first term. —John Wagner, The Washington Post, 02/11/16 More »

Coloradans Will Put Single-Payer Health Care To A Vote

Coloradans Will Put Single-Payer Health Care To A Vote

On a brisk morning in Denver recently, an ambulance pulled up in front of a downtown office tower. "I think the patient is going to make it," Dr. Irene Aguilar said as a team rolled out the gurney. This wasn't a medical emergency, but rather a bit of political theater. The gurney held several big boxes of signed petitions to be delivered to Colorado's Secretary of State's office. The group ColoradoCareYES gathered enough signatures — more than 100,000 — to put a single-payer health system on the ballot next fall. —John Daley / NPR, 12/22/15 More »

The UN’s development goals require another step first: universal healthcare

The UN’s development goals require another step first: universal healthcare

The World Health Organization estimates that every year 150 million people suffer severe financial hardship because they have to pay out of their own pockets at the time they receive care, and 100 million are pushed into poverty as a result. These statistics, intimidating in themselves, probably mask a problem that cuts far deeper into families and societies across the world. —Sania Nishtar / The Guardian, 09/29/15 More »

Poll: ObamaCare enrollees less satisfied with insurance plans

Poll: ObamaCare enrollees less satisfied with insurance plans

The poll from the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, the research arm of the consulting firm, finds that 30 percent of people with insurance through ObamaCare’s marketplaces are satisfied with their plans. That compares with 42 percent satisfaction from people with employer-sponsored plans, 48 percent with Medicaid and 58 percent with Medicare. —Peter Sullivan, The Hill, 08/03/15 More »

Higher Medicaid Expansion Enrollment Means Not Only Greater Coverage, But Also State Savings

Higher Medicaid Expansion Enrollment Means Not Only Greater Coverage, But Also State Savings

About half the states that have expanded Medicaid as part of health reform have enrolled more people than they expected, generating bigger health coverage gains but also prompting fears among some policymakers that states will thus bear higher-than-expected future costs. —Jesse Cross-Call, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 08/03/15 More »

Medicare trust fund will stretch until 2030, new projections say

Medicare trust fund will stretch until 2030, new projections say

Slow health cost growth has improved Medicare's financial outlook, extending the program's trust fund to last until 2030. If absolutely nothing changes, the trust fund that pays for most of seniors' hospital visits will now last an additional four years beyond the 2013 forecast. —Sarah Kliff, Vox.com, 07/28/14 More »

When health insurers play games, patients lose

When health insurers play games, patients lose

Dr. Theodore Corwin jumps through numerous hoops to get UnitedHealthcare to pay for a patient's breast reduction — only to finally be told the surgery wasn't covered by her policy. A 26-year-old woman recently came to his office complaining of back, neck and shoulder pain, as well as numbness in her hands and arms, resulting from her unusually ample bust. She's 5-foot-6, not overweight, Corwin said. She wanted a breast reduction. More »

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