Pharmacy transparency is one of the most vital components of healthcare in this country – sadly, California is severely lagging in this transparency department. In July, the California Senate Health Committee heard Assembly Bill 315 (AB 315) – it passed unanimously with support from both sides of the aisle.
A recent article, (“In health care, PBMs are crucial — but not regulated” — Capitol Weekly, July 14),” inaccurately claims the pharmacy benefit management (PBM) industry is somehow unregulated. The reality is this: PBMs are a highly regulated industry at the federal and state level.
At the state level, mail-service pharmacies, operated by PBMs are regulated by Boards of Pharmacy, and PBMs acting as third-party administrators register with the Department of Insurance.
Experts Expound: “Too little, too late? Will California’s 2016 presidential primary be meaningless in the process of picking a president?”
Editor: Democrat Steve Glazer will be sworn in today to the state Senate from the 7th District. Since Steve’s election victory by over 11,500 votes on May 19, I have read comments in news articles that if this was a closed Democratic pimary, Steve would not have won or if it was a regular special, Steve would not have won, and a lot of ifs.
Editor: The article you reprinted from an online blogger about administrative staff growth at the University of California (“UC administrative staff tripled in two decades,” Capitol Weekly, April 23) lacks critical context and as such, makes inaccurate comparisons.
The increase in UC’s administrator positions is largely due to significant growth in the university’s health enterprise,
Dear Big Daddy,
Why don’t more legislators become governors? They are all ambitious politicians, aren’t they?
–Curious in Cucamonga
In recent years many of us have spent far more time than necessary at various public meetings awaiting our three minutes to speak during “Public Comment,” an item often placed dead last on the agenda. By that time, most of the attendees have long departed.
ProPublica took a variety of half-truths to create a totally false impression about the good works of the leading pro-troop, grassroots charity in America.
“The LAO says the state is flush with cash and multibillion-dollar reserves loom in coming years. How should we spend the money?”
Dear Big Daddy,
You’re a Democrat and you’re old, so what’s your take on The Return of Jerry Brown?
–Intrigued in Indio
I thought that after hanging around the Capitol for so many years, there was nothing left that could amaze me. But he’s managed to do it.
He was down and