On June 1st the San Francisco Chronicle reported that 380,000 seniors and disabled people in California’s Medi-Cal program will have to start enrolling in a managed health care plan to receive care. The change will not limit the level of care but could limit their choice of some doctors and some advocates are worried about potential disruptions of care. The move is just the latest attempt at controlling health care costs for the cash-strapped state. The article can be found here.
On June 2nd the National Governor’s Association and the National Association of State Budget Officers released a report showing that twenty-four states implemented or are planning to implement reductions in Medicaid provider payments. Fifteen states have frozen the payments or plan to freeze provider payments. The report can be found here.
On June 2nd the House Oversight Subcommittee on Health held on a hearing on the medical device approval process at the FDA. More information on the hearing can be found here. During the hearing, Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN), co-chairman of the bipartisan House Medical Technology Caucus, testified that he is working on legislation to simplify the approval process for medical devices.
On June 2nd the California State Assembly approved a bill that gives the state insurance commissioner the power to reject excessive health insurance rate increases. The bill, A.B. 52 now heads to the state Senate. The bill can be found here.