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  • Lawmakers do warm-ups, but the game is far off

    Lawmakers do warm-ups, but the game is far off
    Hundreds of bills flew from one legislative house to the other last week in an exercise much like batting practice.
  • State Senate OKs measures on immigrant healthcare, e-cigarettes

    State Senate OKs measures on immigrant healthcare, e-cigarettes
    The state Senate approved a hotly debated measure Tuesday that would provide healthcare coverage to many immigrants who reside in California illegally. Lawmakers also gave the first full-house approval to bills that would raise the state smoking age...

    California Senate votes to expand powers of nurse practitioners

    California Senate votes to expand powers of nurse practitioners
    Addressing a doctor shortage that is especially dire in rural parts of California, the state Senate voted Thursday to let nurse practitioners do much more for patients, including diagnosing and ordering treatment and prescribing drugs, without supervision...

    Two bills protecting patients in healthcare networks deserve passage

    Two bills protecting patients in healthcare networks deserve passage
    The heathcare reforms in the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act remain a work in progress, with some of the law's mandates causing new problems or exacerbating older flaws. One is inaccurate lists of the healthcare providers in insurers'...

    State Senate panel OKs bill limiting vaccination waivers at raucous hearing

    State Senate panel OKs bill limiting vaccination waivers at raucous hearing
    A bill that would make childhood vaccinations harder to avoid survived its first legislative test Wednesday, after a three-hour hearing marked by raw emotion on both sides of the issue and a packed rally at which Robert F. Kennedy Jr. denounced the...