Tonight, the state Senate and Assembly are expected to vote on a bill that creates a path toward increases for a health care-specific minimum wage in California. If the votes carry, the governor will have 30 days to take action.
Over the summer, the country’s hospitals — struggling to get back on their feet following the crippling revenue losses from the COVID-19 pandemic, skyrocketing inflation, and stagnant government funding — suffered yet another setback. According to the August “National Hospital Flash Report” from national health care consulting firm Kaufman Hall, operating margins dipped in July to a meager 1.3% (for comparison, insurance companies were above 15% in 2023).
On Monday, our nation will celebrate Labor Day — a federal holiday dedicated to honoring the accomplishments of the American worker. In health care, these accomplishments literally mean the difference between life and death.
Earlier this week, Hurricane Hilary — by then a tropical storm — struck Southern California, bringing record rainfall and widespread flooding from San Diego to Los Angeles and beyond. California hasn’t seen a tropical storm in 26 years, according to The Weather Channel.
Earlier this week, the Los Angeles Times published an important article that sheds a fair bit of light on one of California’s most insidious yet little-known health care problems: chronic Medi-Cal underfunding.