Sen. Hernandez Pulls Bill On Drug Price Transparency

By Ana B. Ibarra August 17, 2016 After being approved by a key committee last week, a bill that would have required drug companies to justify treatment costs and price hikes was pulled by its author on Wednesday. Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) said that he introduced the bill “with the intention of shedding light…

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Drug Price Transparency Bill Clears Key Hurdle in California Legislature

By Ana B. Ibarra August 12, 2016 Controversial California legislation requiring drug companies to justify treatment costs and price hikes jumped one more hurdle Thursday, just a few weeks before the end of the legislative session. The bill was approved by the Assembly’s Appropriations Committee Thursday and will be debated again by the entire Assembly…

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Can Drug Price Transparency Keep Costs Down?

By Pauline Bartolone August 10, 2016 KHN Will forcing drugmakers to disclose big price hikes and new high-cost treatments help keep medications affordable for consumers? That’s the premise behind legislation considered this year in roughly a dozen states, including California. In addition, President Barack Obama proposed in his 2017 budget that the Department of Health…

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Mich’s Monday Mantra “Don’t Give In To Your Fears…”

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Mich’s Monday Mantra “It’s Summer, Go Play With Your Friends”

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Medicaid, Private Insurers Begin To Lift Curbs On Pricey Hepatitis C Drugs

By Judith Graham July 5, 2016 Kaiser Health News After legal battles and lobbying efforts, tens of thousands of people with hepatitis C are gaining earlier access to expensive drugs that can cure this condition. States that limited access to the medications out of concern over sky-high prices have begun to lift those restrictions —…

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Mich’s Monday Mantra “Reach For Your Inner Peace”

Mich’s Monday Mantra is coming to you from Your Online HIV Pharmacist at HIV Thrive from the Dana Point Headlands Trail overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Our Mantra today is “Reach For Your Inner Peace”. As we breathe in and look at the calm ocean we each reach for our own inner peace, Enjoy #MINDSETMATTERS

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California Drug Price Transparency Bill Clears Key Committee

By Pauline Bartolone June 29, 2016 A measure that would compel pharmaceutical companies to disclose and justify drug price increases overcame a show of skepticism by Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday afternoon, passing the Assembly Health Committee 12-4 on a party-line vote. The bill — softened from earlier versions — would require drug manufacturers to notify state…

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California Regulator Signs Off On $37 Billion Aetna-Humana Insurance Merger

By Chad Terhune June 20, 2016 California’s managed-care regulator on Monday approved Aetna Inc.’s $37 billion acquisition of Humana Inc., despite her past criticism of Aetna’s repeated rate hikes for employers. California officials don’t have the authority on their own to block the national insurance merger, but their decisions can be influential as the companies…

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Mich’s Monday Mantra “Breathe In & Embrace The Magnificence Of The Universe”

Breathe In and Embrace The Magnificence of The Universe is today’s Mich’s Monday Mantra, coming to you from Your Online HIV Pharmacist at HIV Thrive. This magnificent site is at Strands Beach in Dana Point, California and depicts the Universe doing it’s magic. Breathe in, Breathe Out and enjoy. #MindsetMatters  

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