Kaiser Health News: Will Healthcare.gov Get A California Makeover?
CALmatters' Pauline Bartolone, in partnership with Kaiser Health News, reports: When 28-year-old Charis Hill discovered the medication to treat her degenerative arthritis condition had risen to $2,000 a month, she chose to be in pain instead. ... Paying for drugs isn’t a problem for Hill now: She has a more robust Covered California health plan, and she gets assistance from a drug company program. All Covered California plans have a cap on how much patients pay for drugs. The copay cap on drugs is just one way Covered California chose to shape the health insurance marketplace this year. Experts say the California exchange uses more of its powers as an “active purchaser” than any other state. That means it can decide which insurers can join the exchange, what plans and benefits are available and at what price." (Bartolone, 2/9)