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Two LA businesses closed and fined for selling counterfeit drugs

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| The LA City Attorney's office closed the stores and fined the people who run them $20,000. An injunction stops the owners from selling drugs 10 more years.

The lowdown on high deductible health plans

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High deductible health insurance doesn't turn out to be a great option for people with chronic health conditions and people with lower incomes.

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14 bills that could bring California closer to single payer

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A recent report argued that single payer health care would take several years to realize in California and recommended that lawmakers instead take a series of short-term steps to improve coverage.

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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.

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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.