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April 30, 1991 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Legislative budget writers Monday quickly approved a major part of Gov. Pete Wilson's tax plan--raising $2.4 billion from higher sales taxes and automobile fees to finance a massive shift of costly health and welfare programs from the state to county governments.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 2010 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
One in three patients with advanced cancer spend their final days in hospitals receiving costly, aggressive treatments they may not want, according to a major national study released Tuesday. Researchers at the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care, whose work on hospital spending has been cited by the Obama administration, reviewed a sample of 20% of Medicare beneficiaries nationwide with advanced cancer who died between 2003 and 2007, including patients at 65 California hospitals.
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March 2, 1989 | JOSH GETLIN, Times Staff Writer
Members of Congress and California officials launched a battle Wednesday against proposed federal budget cuts that could slash $348 million from state programs offering health care and English language skills to persons seeking amnesty under the new immigration law.
BUSINESS
June 12, 2002 | From Times Wire Services
Shares of WellPoint Health Networks Inc. soared Tuesday and lifted other health insurance stocks after the company boosted its profit outlook for the year because of stronger-than-expected growth in health plan membership. WellPoint, one of California's biggest health insurers, also said it's benefiting from declining administrative costs. Shares of WellPoint were up $5.80, or 7.4%, to $83.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 1990
The health care message from Sacramento yet again was "better luck next year." There's hope that a new energized governor will work with legislators in a way Gov. George Deukmejian could or would not. That's a reasonable hope, but it will take more than new blood in the state house to solve what is a national health-care crisis of mammoth proportions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 1998 | GLENN MELNICK, Glenn Melnick is a professor of health care finance at the USC School of Public Administration and resident consultant at Rand Corp. E-mail: king@rand.org
Imagine that one state had hit on the key to controlling one of the nation's most pressing social problems, and then started contemplating proposals that would undermine that success. Meanwhile, the rest of the country stood by expectantly, waiting to jump on the state's lead. This, in a nutshell, is California's story as the Legislature considers more than 100 recommendations from Gov.
NEWS
September 2, 1999 | SHARON BERNSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The physician groups that form the backbone of managed care in California are in crisis, some hemorrhaging as much as $500,000 per month, and at least two dozen are expected to go out of business between now and the end of the year, according to figures to be released today by the California Medical Assn. Already, 15 such organizations, including one last week in Ventura County, have gone under this year, bringing the total since 1996 to 115.
BUSINESS
May 23, 2002 | DON LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Under pressure from hospitals, Blue Cross of California has backed off selling "tiered hospital" policies, which group hospitals by cost and increase co-payments for consumers who use the costlier facilities. Senior executives at Blue Cross, the state's largest health insurer, said the company changed course after encountering vigorous opposition from hospitals.
BUSINESS
August 10, 1991 | SUSAN MOFFAT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Share prices of PacifiCare Health Systems and other health maintenance organizations dropped Friday as New York analysts voiced concerns about increased competition in the California market. But other observers said long-term prospects for the HMOs still look robust.
BUSINESS
October 12, 1995 | DAVID R. OLMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If PacifiCare Health Systems executives could have drafted federal legislation to their liking, they could not have done much better than the Republican proposals to reform Medicare. Republican reform plans would move millions more Medicare recipients from traditional fee-for-service health plans into managed health care, such as PacifiCare's Secure Horizons, the nation's largest Medicare health maintenance organization.
BUSINESS
May 23, 2002 | DON LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Under pressure from hospitals, Blue Cross of California has backed off selling "tiered hospital" policies, which group hospitals by cost and increase co-payments for consumers who use the costlier facilities. Senior executives at Blue Cross, the state's largest health insurer, said the company changed course after encountering vigorous opposition from hospitals.
NEWS
September 2, 1999 | SHARON BERNSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The physician groups that form the backbone of managed care in California are in crisis, some hemorrhaging as much as $500,000 per month, and at least two dozen are expected to go out of business between now and the end of the year, according to figures to be released today by the California Medical Assn. Already, 15 such organizations, including one last week in Ventura County, have gone under this year, bringing the total since 1996 to 115.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 1998 | GLENN MELNICK, Glenn Melnick is a professor of health care finance at the USC School of Public Administration and resident consultant at Rand Corp. E-mail: king@rand.org
Imagine that one state had hit on the key to controlling one of the nation's most pressing social problems, and then started contemplating proposals that would undermine that success. Meanwhile, the rest of the country stood by expectantly, waiting to jump on the state's lead. This, in a nutshell, is California's story as the Legislature considers more than 100 recommendations from Gov.
BUSINESS
October 12, 1995 | DAVID R. OLMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If PacifiCare Health Systems executives could have drafted federal legislation to their liking, they could not have done much better than the Republican proposals to reform Medicare. Republican reform plans would move millions more Medicare recipients from traditional fee-for-service health plans into managed health care, such as PacifiCare's Secure Horizons, the nation's largest Medicare health maintenance organization.
BUSINESS
August 10, 1991 | SUSAN MOFFAT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Share prices of PacifiCare Health Systems and other health maintenance organizations dropped Friday as New York analysts voiced concerns about increased competition in the California market. But other observers said long-term prospects for the HMOs still look robust.
NEWS
April 30, 1991 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Legislative budget writers Monday quickly approved a major part of Gov. Pete Wilson's tax plan--raising $2.4 billion from higher sales taxes and automobile fees to finance a massive shift of costly health and welfare programs from the state to county governments.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 1987 | GERALDINE DALLEK, Geraldine Dallek is a Los Angeles-based health-policy consultant who specializes in issues affecting the poor and the elderly
California's health-care system is failing badly. The problems are easy to spot. First is the large and growing number of medically uninsured people. Recently released figures from the Employee Benefit Research Institute in Washington show that California has the seventh-highest rate of uninsured in the nation: 21.4% of Californians under age 65 were uninsured in 1985; the national average is 17.4%. But we don't need surveys to tell us about the uninsured. Just ask around.
BUSINESS
June 12, 2002 | From Times Wire Services
Shares of WellPoint Health Networks Inc. soared Tuesday and lifted other health insurance stocks after the company boosted its profit outlook for the year because of stronger-than-expected growth in health plan membership. WellPoint, one of California's biggest health insurers, also said it's benefiting from declining administrative costs. Shares of WellPoint were up $5.80, or 7.4%, to $83.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 1990
The health care message from Sacramento yet again was "better luck next year." There's hope that a new energized governor will work with legislators in a way Gov. George Deukmejian could or would not. That's a reasonable hope, but it will take more than new blood in the state house to solve what is a national health-care crisis of mammoth proportions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 1989 | JOSH GETLIN, Times Staff Writer
Members of Congress and California officials launched a battle Wednesday against proposed federal budget cuts that could slash $348 million from state programs offering health care and English language skills to persons seeking amnesty under the new immigration law.
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