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Single-payer health care would cost more than California budget

Creating a single-payer health care system in California would cost $400 billion a year — including $200 billion in new tax revenue, according to an analysis of legislation released Monday by the Senate Appropriations [Read entire story]

GOP bill could undercut self-employed insurance gains, report says

The insurance coverage was critical last year when doctors suspected Harvey might have developed a pituitary gland tumor — a condition her mother died from — and she had to undergo a series of tests that would have [Read entire story]

Workers at care facilities not paid minimum wage or OT, report says

Thousands of workers at California residential care facilities for the elderly are not paid minimum wage or overtime, work 24-hour shifts and receive little training — workplace conditions that contribute to poor [Read entire story]

California’s Molina, a major exchange market insurer, ousts CEO

Molina Healthcare, a major insurer in Medicaid and the individual insurance exchange market in California, abruptly dismissed its president and chief executive, Dr. J. Mario Molina, and Chief Financial Officer John [Read entire story]

Covered California premiums could soar if feds stop enforcing ACA

Premiums for health plans sold on Covered California, the insurance exchange created under the Affordable Care Act, could spike nearly 50 percent if the federal government stops enforcing two of the law’s key [Read entire story]

Sequoia Hospital fined for mistakenly removing woman’s ovaries

The fine against Sequoia, which is owned by the Northern California health system Dignity Health, is one of 17 civil penalties lodged against 14 California hospitals for incidents that caused serious injury or [Read entire story]

Theranos agrees not to operate labs for two years

Theranos has reached a settlement with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that resolves all legal and regulatory proceedings between the federal agency and the embattled Palo Alto blood diagnostics firm, the [Read entire story]

FDA approves 23andMe tests showing risk of developing 10 diseases

23andMe, the Mountain View genetics testing company, has received approval from the Food and Drug Administration to sell tests that indicate people’s risk of developing 10 diseases including Parkinson’s, [Read entire story]

GOP health law repeal thwarted, but ‘Trumpcare’ already under way

House Republicans’ failure to advance legislation to replace the Affordable Care Act means that President Barack Obama’s health care law — which has led to millions more Americans receiving health insurance — [Read entire story]

GOP health care bill changes would cut more funding to Medi-Cal

House Republicans’ proposed changes to the American Health Care Act — the GOP’s plan to replace the Affordable Care Act — could reduce federal funding to Medi-Cal, California’s insurance program for the poor, [Read entire story]

Under GOP plan, many in Bay Area would see greater increases in health costs

Bay Area residents who receive federal subsidies to buy plans on Covered California would see much larger increases in health care costs under the newly proposed Republican bill than their counterparts in other parts of [Read entire story]

Fitbit fell short in 2016, now looks to smartwatch, health care

After failing to meet its financial goals for 2016, Fitbit is shifting its strategy to focus more on health care services and developing a smartwatch, marking a departure for the San Francisco company, which got its [Read entire story]

Uninsured rate in California drops to record low, CDC estimates

The percentage of Californians without health insurance fell to a record low 7.1 percent in 2016, according to estimates released by the Centers for Disease Control on Tuesday. California officials welcomed the news as [Read entire story]

Data breach at Verity Health could have affected 10,000 patients

The personal information of more than 10,000 patients of Verity Health may have been compromised after the website of the Redwood City health system was hacked. The information included patient names, dates of birth, [Read entire story]

Chan Zuckerberg project announces $50 million research program

The $600 million scientific research initiative announced last year by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, has named a team of 47 researchers and engineers to study the prevention and treatment of [Read entire story]

Covered California signups continue amid talk of Obamacare repeal

Californians are continuing to sign up for health insurance through the state-run marketplace created under the Affordable Care Act, despite uncertainty over the future of the federal health care law. Tuesday marks the [Read entire story]

Fitbit to cut workforce by 6% as revenue disappoints

Fitbit will lay off 6 percent of its workforce, or a little more than 100 employees, the San Francisco fitness device maker announced Monday. The reductions were announced amid disappointing quarterly and annual [Read entire story]

Medical clinic startup with tech backing opens doors in SF

If a doctor’s office and a tech startup had a baby, it might look something like Forward, a health care firm founded by former Google and Uber executives who are looking to disrupt the health care market. Forward, [Read entire story]