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  • Health

    Anthem cites soaring drugs costs to justify 35% rate hike in California

    Health insurance giant Anthem predicts Californians will pop a lot more pills next year. To make the case for a hefty premium hike in the state’s individual insurance market, Anthem Blue Cross has forecast a 30 percent jump in prescription drug costs for 2018. Such a sharp increase is nearly double the estimates of two other big insurers, and it runs counter to industry trends nationally. Prescription drug spending in the U.S. grew 6.1 percent over the 12 months ending in...

    By Chad Terhune California Healthline|

  • Health

    California lags in testing toddlers for lead exposure

    A third of young California children at risk for lead poisoning are not being tested despite state and federal laws that require it, according to a new study—a problem at least partly addressed by legislation now on the governor’s desk. Researchers using data from the state Department of Public Health found that 160,000 children 1 and 2 years old who needed testing never received it. That’s a 34 percent failure rate, the study says. “Our most...

    By Elizabeth Aguilera CALmatters|

  • Politics

    Trump tweets take on GOP holdouts on health legislation

    WASHINGTON >> Sen. John McCain’s opposition to the GOP’s last-ditch effort to repeal and replace the Obama health law has dealt a likely fatal blow to the legislation — and perhaps to the Republican Party’s years of promises to kill the program. It was the second time in three months the 81-year-old Arizona Republican had emerged as the destroyer of his party’s signature promise to voters. “John McCain never had any intention of...

    By ERICA WERNER and ALAN FRAM Associated Press|

  • Medical marijuana

    Long Beach’s first fully licensed medical marijuana shop is set to open

    Legal marijuana is on its way back to Long Beach. LB Green Room, is on pace to open some time in the coming week, manager Adam Hijazi said. The business is in the same location, on Seventh Street near Rose Avenue, where it operated during an earlier period when city government regulated dispensaries, before deciding to ban the shops in 2012. The dispensary site housed political operations at times during the period when City Hall banned dispensaries, Hijazi said. Supporters for...

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  • Hepatitis

    LA County declares its own hepatitis A outbreak; 10 infected include homeless

    Public health officials declared a hepatitis A outbreak in Los Angeles County on Tuesday, saying there are now 10 people infected, two of whom are homeless and contracted the potentially fatal liver disease locally. The two newer cases can’t be traced to San Diego County, where the infectious disease has affected 421 people, mostly among those who are homeless, said Dr. Barbara Ferrer, L.A. County Public Health Director during a report to the Board of Supervisors at its weekly...

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  • Hepatitis

    LA County has its own hepatitis A outbreak

    LOS ANGELES — Health officials said today that Los Angeles County has a hepatitis A outbreak based on two “community-acquired” cases that cannot be traced back to San Diego County or Santa Cruz. “We are in the situation of a hepatitis A outbreak ... as of this morning,” Public Health Department Director Barbara Ferrer told the Board of Supervisors. Most cases to date have been identified in patients who are homeless or drug users, but include...

    City News Service|

  • Health

    Healthcare: Uninsured rate in US falls to record low of 8.8%

    Three years after the Affordable Care Act’s coverage expansion took effect, the number of Americans without health insurance fell to 28.1 million in 2016, down from 29 million in 2015, according to a federal report released Tuesday. The latest numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau showed the nation’s uninsured rate dropped to 8.8 percent. It had been 9.1 percent in 2015. Both the overall number of uninsured and the percentage are record lows. The uninsured rate...

    By Phil Galewitz California Healthline|

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