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Health Care

Covered California Premiums To Rise Nearly 9 Percent

July 19, 2018 | Sammy Caiola

Premiums in California’s individual marketplace will increase for the fifth consecutive year, due in part to federal changes and a predicted departure of healthy consumers.

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Health Care

Spanish-Speaking Doctors Hope To Build Trust At New Downtown Sacramento Medical Center

July 16, 2018 | Sammy Caiola

Kaiser Permanente’s "Salud en Español" clinic is part of a wider effort to increase culturally appropriate services for Latino residents, who are at high risk for diabetes and hypertension but are less likely than white patients to go to the doctor.

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Health Care

Trump's Push For More Basic Insurance Plans Could Equal Big Changes For California Health Care

July 13, 2018 | Sammy Caiola

Some advocates say introducing 'junk insurance' policies could drive people from the individual marketplace and raise premiums across the board. Others say it's a needed affordable option.

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Health Care

Mobile Health Services Help Sacramento’s Homeless Women

June 27, 2018 | Sammy Caiola

When homeless women are struggling to find food and stay safe, regular reproductive health screenings aren’t usually at the top of the list. But a Sacramento street medicine team wants to make those services easier to access.

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State Government

Business-Labor Deal Would Ban California Cities, Counties From Enacting New Soda Taxes

June 26, 2018 | Ben Adler

An eleventh-hour deal between business and labor groups could ban new local taxes on sodas – while avoiding a ballot showdown that could make it harder for local governments to raise other taxes.

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Health Care

California Lawmakers Want To Crack Down On Fraud At Drug Rehab Centers. Will It Work?

June 25, 2018 | Sammy Caiola

Some of California’s substance abuse treatment facilities have been exploiting clients in hopes of getting big payouts from insurance companies, according to lawmakers. A handful of bills aim to rein in fraudulent practices.

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Health Care

California Prison’s New Hospice Garden Offers Dying Inmates Rare Chance To Reflect

June 25, 2018 | Sammy Caiola

A hospice unit in a Vacaville prison just added a garden for terminally ill inmates. It’s a place for them to process fear, anger, regret and other emotions at the end of life.

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State Government

Is The Sun Finally Setting On Daylight Saving In California?

June 21, 2018 | Sammy Caiola

A bill that moves California toward eliminating daylight saving time is on its way to the governor’s desk. Experts say shifting the clock disrupts our sleep patterns and puts us at risk for accidents.

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Health Care

This Unique Sacramento School Wants To Get More Autistic Adults Into Jobs

June 13, 2018 | Sammy Caiola

An alternative learning program based in craftwork just graduated its first class. The school is one of the few services available to adults with intellectual disabilities who are out of high school, but not ready for college or work.