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While other states are making efforts to preserve the ACA and expand coverage, California stands out by virtue of its ambition and size, economic clout, massive immigrant population and liberal bent.
In all but a few locations, Medicare's new prevention program isn't up and running yet. And there's no easy way (no phone number or website) to learn where it's available.
Villagers are not standing still. They are working hard to recover. But their resilience is withering.
Others cautioned that this recommendation is, at best, limited in what it can achieve, in part because the drug is relatively expensive.
The screening, which requires a urine sample, can flag whether a patient is actually taking the prescribed medication and is meant to spark a more truthful conversation between patient and doctor.
The law, which had been hailed as a model for other states, is one of a number of state initiatives designed to combat rapidly rising drug prices.
Doctors have turned to second-choice pain drugs and increased their use of local anesthetics such as lidocaine. But even those local anesthetics are now in short supply.
There's an effort underway to define and document patients' wishes before they are placed on a 'conveyor belt' of costly medical interventions.
If a recent MedPAC proposal is adopted, some providers predict free-standing emergency facilities could become scarcer.
The probe is looking at anyone outside the company or university who might have been complicit.