CAHP Press Release - ICYMI - CalMatters: Commentary: Medical-Procedure Oversight is Good for Patients and Pocketbooks

CalMatters today published an opinion editorial authored by Dr. Adam Solomon, chief medical officer for the MemorialCare Medical Foundation, a physician-run health care organization.

CAHP Press Release - Covered California Announces 2023 Preliminary Rate Change

Covered California today announced preliminary health insurance rates for 2023, citing an average statewide rate change of six percent which is well below the national average of 10 percent.

CAHP Press Release - CAHP Names New Director of State Programs

CAHP today announced that Kate Ross has joined the CAHP team as the association’s new Director of State Programs. Ross will lead CAHP’s engagement on Medi-Cal, state and federal proposals, and policies that impact public programs and health plan operations. She will work with the Department of Health Care Services and other key stakeholders and agencies to advocate for policies and regulations that help to build and sustain California’s Medi-Cal program.

ICYMI - NPR: When routine medical tests trigger a cascade of costly, unnecessary care

National Public Radio this week published an in-depth story on how medical tests can spiral into a series of further testing that can cost patients thousands of dollars – something researches call a “cascade of care - a seemingly unstoppable series of medical tests or procedures.”

ICYMI - Capitol Weekly: Opinion: Affordable health care threatened by hospitals’ mark-up costs

Capitol Weekly yesterday published an opinion editorial authored by Betty Jo Toccoli, president of the California Small Business Association on Senate Bill 958 (Sen. Limón).

CAHP Statement: CAHP Responds to Governor’s May Budget Revise

Today, the California Association of Health Plans released the a statement in response to the Governor’s May revision of the 2022-2023 budget proposal.

ICYMI - AHIP Study Shows Hospitals, Physician Offices Hike Prescription Drug Prices

A new study published this week by America’s Health Insurance Plans finds that hospitals and physician offices are hiking prescription drug costs for patients by thousands of dollars for the same drugs that can be purchased at a specialty pharmacy.

CAHP Statement: CAHP Welcomes New Covered California Executive Director, Thanks Outgoing Leader Peter Lee

California Association of Health Plans President and CEO Charles Bacchi today issued a statement congratulating outgoing Executive Director Peter Lee on his decade of service at Covered California and welcoming new Covered California Executive Director Jessica Altman.

CAHP Issues Statement on Governor’s 2022-2023 State Budget Proposal

CAHP today issued the following statement in response to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s release of the 2022-23 state budget proposal.

CAHP Press Release - ICYMI - Los Angeles Times: Leaked SoCal hospital records reveal huge, automated markups for healthcare

In a recent Los Angeles Times column, David Lazarus points out a disturbing practice among hospitals in California and across the country to markup drug and treatment costs on patient bills that reach upwards of 575% to 675%. These markups are so common, they are “automatically generated by the hospital’s software…Call it institutionalized price gouging,” Lazarus says.

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