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Sean Parker institute to lead immunotherapy trial for pancreatic cancer

The Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, the San Francisco nonprofit created in 2016 with $250 million from the billionaire former [Read entire story]

State prosecutors investigating defunct San Francisco babysitting agency

State prosecutors are investigating the defunct San Francisco child care agency Wondersitter, which has been accused of failing to pay more than 100 former babysitters tens of thousands of dollars for jobs dating back [Read entire story]

California passes prescription drug pricing transparency bill

State legislators have passed a bill aimed at creating greater transparency around prescription drug pricing by requiring pharmaceutical manufacturers to provide advance notice and more detailed explanations for raising [Read entire story]

Health premiums to rise 5.6% on Covered California’s small business exchange

Insurance premiums for health plans on Covered California’s small business exchange will rise 5.6 percent in 2018, Covered California announced Thursday. Nearly 36,000 Californians receive health [Read entire story]

FDA approves 1st gene therapy treatment for cancer

The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved the first gene therapy treatment for cancer, green-lighting Novartis Pharmaceuticals’ cell therapy treatment for childhood leukemia. The [Read entire story]

Babies’ race affects quality of care in California neonatal intensive care, study says

An infant’s race and ethnicity affect the quality of care they receive in California neonatal intensive care units, according to a study by the Stanford University School of Medicine. Asian American [Read entire story]

Fearing Trump changes, Covered California is 1st in U.S. to promise insurers help

Covered California, the health insurance exchange created under the Affordable Care Act, will take the unprecedented step of offering insurance companies financial incentives, and guardrails, to encourage them to [Read entire story]

Insurer fined for discriminating against transgender patients

State regulators have issued $200,000 in penalties against the health insurer Health Net for violating antidiscrimination laws by denying coverage to several patients who sought gender reassignment surgery. [Read entire story]

CBO: Ending health subsidies would raise premiums 20 percent

Insurance premiums for health plans in the individual market would jump 20 percent in 2018 if the federal government stops funding billions of dollars in payments to insurance companies that help lower health care costs [Read entire story]

Genetic testing firm Color expands beyond hereditary cancer

[...] Color, which launched in 2015, has specialized in analyzing 30 genes linked to common hereditary cancers, including breast, ovarian and prostate cancer. San Francisco’s Invitae, for instance, recently announced [Read entire story]

Co-founder of Wondersitter seeks to place firm in bankruptcy

The co-founder of Wondersitter, the San Francisco company that brokered babysitting jobs between parents and freelance babysitters, is attempting to place the company in bankruptcy, according to court filings. The vast [Read entire story]

State health premiums to rise an average 12.5 percent in 2018

The roughly 1.4 million Californians who buy health insurance through the state Covered California exchange will see their premiums increase by an average of 12.5 percent next year. Covered California, created under the [Read entire story]

SF’s Invitae to acquire two prenatal genetic screening firms

The two acquired firms — Good Start Genetics of Cambridge, Mass., and Irvine’s CombiMatrix — specialize in testing pregnant women and fetuses for genetic abnormalities that may increase the likelihood of [Read entire story]

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]