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5 bills California lawmakers are looking at ways to make health care cheaper

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| In lieu of pushing for an immediate transition to a government-run single-payer health care system, some are offering these bills as part of a more gradual approach.

6 legal hurdles to universal health care in California

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There are several state and federal laws that could be obstacles to efforts to move to universal health care. Here's a quick list.

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What are California's options to get universal health care?

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This week a special State Assembly committee hears for the first time specific proposals on how to move California to universal health care. There are several possible paths. Here are the primary models.

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Denti-Cal has more bite in 2018

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The new year means the state will once again cover things like root canals and partial dentures for adults on Medi-Cal. The legislature limited coverage during the Great Recession.

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Nursing homes pushing out more poor and disabled patients

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Many of those discharged end up with no permanent housing or regular medical care. Ombudsmen say even when the discharges are deemed legal, they often are unethical. "Absolutely, it's a growing problem," says one.

GOP tax plan expected to preserve medical expense deduction

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Lawmakers have agreed to keep the medical expense deduction, according to reports from NPR. The deduction provides tax relief to an estimated million California households.

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Deadline extended for January Covered California plans

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Dec. 22 is now the last day to sign up for Covered California health insurance policies that begin Jan. 1. Procrastinators will still have a little more time.

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California winces at Trump's return to 'bad old days' of interstate biz health plans

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"Association health plans" would allow firms in the same industry to band together to buy policies, operate across state lines and avoid Obamacare rules. The state says this approach was disastrous for consumers in the past.