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Uncertainty lingers in California despite failed GOP health repeal

State officials, health insurers and consumer advocates are breathing a tentative, temporary sigh of relief after the GOP campaign to repeal the Affordable Care Act collapsed Tuesday due to lack of Republican [Read entire story]

Civil rights suit alleges discrimination in Medi-Cal

Two civil rights groups and one of the state’s largest labor unions representing hospital workers have sued the state of California, alleging the state-administered Medi-Cal health insurance program for the poor [Read entire story]

1 in 5 Californians uninsured under GOP bill, study says

Because California moved more aggressively than most other states to implement the Affordable Care Act — accepting increased federal dollars to expand the Medi-Cal insurance program for the poor, and creating the state [Read entire story]

CBO: Senate health bill would lead to 22 million fewer insured

The Senate health care bill introduced last week would lead to 22 million fewer Americans having health insurance by 2026, while reducing the federal deficit by $321 billion, according to an analysis released Monday by [Read entire story]

SF’s elderly, poor would pay more for insurance in Senate plan

The Senate health care bill introduced last week would keep in place the general structure of the federal subsidies that, in California, go to about 1.5 million residents who buy insurance on Covered California. [...] [Read entire story]

Nursing facility at St. Luke’s to close

The move is expected to displace 44 nursing home residents and 72 health care workers, according to Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West, the union representing vocational nurses, nursing [Read entire story]

NIH to shift $1.1 billion to younger researchers

In an effort to free up more funding for younger scientists, the National Institutes of Health will redistribute $1.1 billion of its budget over the next five years to fund research grants for early and midcareer [Read entire story]

CPMC to end wellness program at Pacific Campus

Sutter Health affiliate California Pacific Medical Center plans to end its wellness program, which includes group and individual classes with physical therapists at its Pacific Campus in San Francisco, at the end of [Read entire story]

Planned Parenthood to close 3 Bay Area locations

Planned Parenthood plans to close locations in Richmond, Pittsburg and Vacaville, as the women’s health organization struggles to collect payment for services for Medi-Cal patients, officials at the nonprofit [Read entire story]

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]