The order, along with another naming the state’s first-ever surgeon general, marks a fast start for a governor who has vowed to combat inequity and position California as a counterweight to the conservative Trump administration in Washington.
It directed California’s massive Medicaid system to negotiate prescription drug prices for all of its 13 million recipients, changing their benefits from a managed-care or HMO approach to one that allows the state to handle all the purchases.
Vermont becomes first state to allow imported drugs from Canada
Gov. Phil Scott of Vermont on Wednesday signed a law permitting the import of prescription drugs from Canada into the state. HHS must still certify the law.