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Celebrating Medicare’s 51st Birthday

Join us for a Garden Party to celebrate Medicare’s 51st birthday and to raise funds for Physicians for a National Health Program/California and the Allcare Alliance, on Sunday, July 24, 2016, from 2:00 to 5:00pm in Santa Monica. Featured speakers will be Dr. David M. Carlisle, President and Chief Executive Officer of Charles R. Drew University, and Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl.


Gov. Brown Signs Bill Seeking OK For Exchange To Sell To Immigrants Without Documents

Gov. Jerry Brown Friday signed first-in-the-nation legislation requesting federal approval for the state’s health insurance exchange to sell policies to immigrants living in California illegally.
By Ana B. Ibarra, California Healthline
June 10, 2016


Why Do Health Costs Keep Rising? These People Know

The Geisinger Health Plan, run by one of the nation’s top-rated health care organizations, foresees medical costs increasing next year by 7.5 percent for people buying insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
By Robert Pear , The New York Times
JUNE 9, 2016


New Report Shows Medi-Cal’s Expanded Reach

California’s Medi-Cal program has expanded in recent years from health coverage for the poor to regular insurance for millions of working adults, improving their health and boosting their productivity, according to a new report released Friday.
By Anna Gorman, California Healthline
June 3, 2016


Why Do We Pay So Much for Health Care—But Get Such Poor Results?

As a primary care physician practicing for three decades in the same location, I have had the privilege of seeing patients regularly across a span of many years. I have celebrated my patients’ joys and triumphs, but also mourned with them in their deepest tragedies and sorrows. I have shared and continue to share in their trials and vulnerabilities, and often as more than their doctor; patients sometimes confide in me things they do not even share with their families.
By N.F. Hanna, M.D., Observer
April 5, 2016


Statement in memory of Dr. Quentin Young, 1923 – 2016

I write to announce with great sadness the death at age 92 of Quentin Young, M.D., PNHP’s national coordinator from 1992-2014, a physician beloved by his patients, colleagues and students, and a lifelong fighter for social justice.


Licking Wounds, Insurers Accelerate Moves To Limit Health-Law Enrollment

Stung by losses under the federal health law, major insurers are seeking to sharply limit how policies are sold to individuals in ways that consumer advocates say seem to discriminate against the sickest and could hold down future enrollment.
By Jay Hancock, Kaiser Health News
February 4, 2016


Even Insured Can Face Crushing Medical Debt, Study Finds

Here is the surest way to enjoy the peace of mind that comes with having health insurance: Don’t get sick.
By Margot Sanger-Katz, The New York Times
January 5, 2016


Kaiser Poll: 58% of Americans support Medicare for all

The ACA’s third open enrollment will come to a close at the end of January and the December Kaiser Health Tracking Poll finds that, at this point, only 7 percent of the uninsured correctly identify this as the deadline to enroll in coverage and 20 percent say they have been contacted by someone about signing up for coverage. When asked why they have not personally obtained health insurance this year, nearly half of the uninsured (46 percent) say they have tried to get coverage but that it was too expensive. However, slightly over half of the uninsured (55 percent) say they plan to get health insurance in the next few months.
By Bianca DiJulio, Jamie Firth, and Mollyann Brodie
Kaiser Family Foundation, December 17, 2015


The country’s largest private health insurer throws a ‘tantrum’ over lower profits

UnitedHealth Group, the country’s largest private health insurer, has discovered that sick people tend to go to the doctor. And that means bills to pay. And that’s bad for the company’s bottom line.
By David Lazarus, Los Angeles Times
November 19, 2015


OVER HALF OF AMERICAN MILLENNIALS SAY THEY’D CONSIDER LEAVING THE US. HERE’S WHY I’VE ALREADY LEFT.

After fifteen months of travel, I returned to the United States ready to give American life another try. After a few months at home with my family, I moved back to San Francisco, the city I lived and worked in before traveling. I started looking for a job, looking for apartments, looking for new friends. I felt eager to re-enter American society, and pick up somewhat where I left off.
By Amanda Machado, Matador Network
November 5, 2015


Narrow Networks, Low Quality Not Linked in Covered Calif. Plans

Covered California health plans with narrow hospital networks typically do not trade quality of care for lower costs, according to a report by the California HealthCare Foundation, FierceHealthPayer reports.
California Healthline
October 19, 2015


Trapped in the System: A Sick Doctor’s Story

We spend a lot of time talking about various metrics of quality or access in the American health care system. The problem with many of them is that they rarely seem to capture the issues that people face in dealing with care. Although many metrics are improving, problems remain that still seem insurmountable.
By Aaron E. Carroll, The New York Times
September 21, 2015