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    Op-Ed: SB 1156 takes California back to the bad old days

    August 05, 2018
    Not long ago, health insurance companies limited access to insurance and quality health care for millions of California...

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    Op-Ed: Public health policy should not be a political bargaining chip

    July 10, 2018
    Public health should be a nonpartisan issue – off limits to corporate greed and free from political rhetoric. This was ...

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    Op-Ed: Children detainees must be reunited with families and given access to proper health care

    June 29, 2018
    The federal government’s recently enacted “zero-tolerance” policy of enforcement of immigration has sparked widespread ...

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    Op-Ed: California’s Physician Shortage Is Real — the Cure Is Leadership, Investment

    October 13, 2017
    California is projected to have 5,000 fewer physicians than the population needs by 2025. Because physicians are the mos...

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    Op-Ed: Evidence-Based Politics?

    July 13, 2017
    The “right” to health care is only one of the elements of progress rooted in the fabled 1960s, along with civil rights, ...

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    The Doctor Will See You Now — Tobacco Taxes Must Increase Patient Access to Health Care

    April 05, 2017
    Voters overwhelmingly sent a message to Big Tobacco — products that cause cancer and kill people must also pay for part ...

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    American Health Care Act won’t help patients access doctors or receive affordable, quality care

    March 08, 2017
    On March 6, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Republican leadership, with the support of the White House

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    Recipes to Keep Your Heart Healthy

    February 15, 2017
    February is “Hearth Month” — a great reminder that heart disease is preventable by virtue of our lifestyle. 

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    Seven Simple Steps to Heart Health

    February 08, 2017
    Like many Californians, you want to get healthier. You’re off to a great start to help prevent heart disease, the numbe...

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    Physician Voter Guide: California Medical Association’s Ballot Measure Positions

    October 28, 2016
    #Election2016 is proving to be one of the most memorable election cycles in recent history — and we’re not just referr...

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    Soda Tax Ballot Measures Will Help Prevent Diabetes and Obesity

    October 24, 2016
    UCLA research showed 46 percent of adults in the Golden State (13 million) don’t know they already have diabetes or pr...

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    In Divided Election Season, Americans United Against Prescription Drug Misuse

    September 27, 2016
    The turbulent nature of this year’s election has generated plenty of debate across political party lines, but there’s on...

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    Medical Students Shaping Health Care Policy in the California State Capitol

    August 31, 2016
    When you hear the phrase “medical interns,” your mind may conjure up a scene from Grey’s Anatomy, but for those working...

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    California Legislation AB 2121 Poised to Prevent Drunk Driving

    August 17, 2016
    Each year, more than 20,000 Californians are injured in drunk driving accidents and more than a thousand additional vic...

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    California’s “Surprise Medical Bill” Legislation Fails to Protect Patients

    August 11, 2016
    AB 72 would force all out-of-network doctors into a “de facto contract” without holding insurers accountable for narrow...

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    CMA Capitol Insight: Aug. 3, 2016

    August 03, 2016
    CMA Capitol Insight is a biweekly column by veteran journalist  Anthony York , reporting on the inner workings of the ...

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    CMA Capitol Insight: June 21, 2016

    June 21, 2016
    This week, we’ll wrap up the primary election, and focus on what to watch in November. But we begin with the state budg...

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    CMA Capitol Insight: June 7, 2016

    June 07, 2016
    The nation’s eyes will be on California this week, as voters here go to the polls in the final major presidential conte...

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    CMA Capitol Insight: April 26, 2016

    April 26, 2016
    Last week was a frantic one inside the Capitol as lawmakers faced a key deadline to pass bills out of policy committee....

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    CMA opposes proposed changes to duals demonstration

    April 25, 2016
    The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) recently released a series of proposals that would change the Coordinate...

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    CMA Capitol Insight: April 11, 2016

    April 12, 2016
    Gov. Jerry Brown continued to make history when he signed a $15/hour minimum wage into law. The governor, whose adminis...

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    CMA Capitol Insight: March 28, 2016

    March 28, 2016
    A deal was reached among Democratic leaders in Sacramento late last week on a plan to bring California’s minimum wage t...

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    CMA Capitol Insight: Feb. 29, 2016

    February 29, 2016
    CMA Capitol Insight is a biweekly column by veteran journalist Anthony York , reporting on the inner workings of the ...

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    CMA Capitol Insight: Feb. 17, 2016

    February 17, 2016
    The California Coastal Commission ousted executive director Charles Lester last week, setting off a political firestorm...

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    Covered California delays contract vote following CMA request for physician involvement

    February 15, 2016
    Covered California, the state’s health insurance exchange, has postponed a vote on a major health plan contract after h...

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    CMA Capitol Insight: Feb. 1, 2016

    February 01, 2016
    Gov. Jerry Brown announced plans for a major new ballot initiative this fall – but it wasn’t climate change or tax refo...

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    CMA Capitol Insight: Jan. 19, 2016

    January 19, 2016
    The California Medical Association (CMA) has submitted written comments on the Centers for Disease Control and Preventi...