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State Health Officials Fear E-Cigarettes Undoing Progress Made gainst Tobacco Use

Thursday, January 29, 2015

California public health officials say the rise of electronic cigarettes threatens to undo 25 years of progress the state has made against tobacco use.

Measles Outbreak That Began At Disneyland Grows To 87 Cases

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

(AP) - A measles outbreak that originated at Disneyland has grown to 87 cases.

Rate Of Personal Belief Exemptions For Vaccines Declined Last Year

Monday, January 26, 2015

California public health data show the number of parents choosing not to vaccinate their children because of a personal belief has gone down this school year.

California Lawmakers Pushing For Right-To-Die Legislation

Thursday, January 22, 2015

California lawmakers say public opinion has changed since the last time “right to die” legislation has been proposed in the state. That may explain why a group of Democratic lawmakers has introduced the “End of Life Option Act.”

Agents: More Insurance Options Outside Covered California, But No Subsidies

Monday, January 19, 2015

Insurance agents in California say if you're still shopping for health coverage, there are options outside the Covered California marketplace.

Covered California: More Health Insurance Carriers Can Sell Individual Policies In Underserved Areas

Friday, January 16, 2015

The Covered California board of directors has adopted a new policy that will allow more health insurance carriers to sell in areas of the state where there are few options now.

Covered California Could Have Increased Insurers, Consumer Choice, Insurance Commissioner Says

Thursday, January 15, 2015

California’s insurance commissioner says Covered California failed to take opportunities to increase the number of health insurance carriers in areas of the state where there are few options.

Senate Report: Overhaul California's Long-Term Care System

Thursday, January 15, 2015

More than a hundred programs provide long-term care to elderly Californians – and they’re scattered across 20 different state agencies. A new state Senate report calls that patchwork system “shattered” and says it needs an overhaul.

Santa Barbara County Infant Dies From Whooping Cough

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

(AP) -- A newborn baby has died from whooping cough in California. It's the fourth death in a year as the state deals with an epidemic.

Covered California: Higher Tax Penalties In 2015 For Those Who Don't Have Health Insurance

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Covered California is reminding people that tax penalties are going up for people who remain without health insurance.

26 Measles Cases Reported With Ties To Disney Theme Parks

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

(AP) - Health officials are reporting seven more cases of measles in an outbreak tied to visits to Disney theme parks in California last month.

Covered California’s Confusing Mail

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Emily Bazaar explains yet another Covered California computer glitch that has left an untold number of consumers confused about what kind of coverage, if any, they qualify for.

Brown's Budget Proposal Allocates Millions For Hepatitis C Drugs

Monday, January 12, 2015

California Governor Jerry Brown is setting aside hundreds of millions of dollars in next year’s state budget to pay for high-cost drugs, mostly to treat Hepatitis C.

Emergency Health Insurance Regulation Issued

Monday, January 05, 2015

The California Department of Insurance issued an emergency regulation today [Monday] intended to assure improved healthcare access to Californians.

New Law Prevents Health Insurers' Waiting Period For Small Business Employees

Friday, December 26, 2014

Starting Jan. 1, health insurers offering plans through California small employers will have to stop imposing waiting periods before employees are covered.

California Officials Issue Caramel Apple Warning

Friday, December 26, 2014

(AP) - California health officials are warning people not to eat Happy Apple brand caramel apples after they were recalled over concerns they could be contaminated with listeria.

Oregon-Based Insurer Rejected From Covered California

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Covered California seems to have missed an opportunity to increase competition in its marketplace this next year.

After Blue Shield Pulls Out of Zip Codes, Consumers See Limited Insurance Options

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Blue Shield of California stopped selling policies to individuals in 250 zip codes in 2014. The coverage area reduction is especially felt in Northern California, where consumers have few choices through Covered California.

Covered California Extends Enrollment Deadline, Urges More Sign-Ups

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

California’s health insurance exchange is extending the enrollment deadline for people who want their coverage to start on New Year’s Day … from this past Monday, to Sunday, December 21.

California Border Residents Grapple with Out-of-State Health Insurance Restrictions

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Anthem Blue Cross, the largest insurer in Covered California's Northern California region, ended an out-of-state benefit for individual planholders this year. Blue Shield of California plans in the region also restrict care to within state lines.

Covered California to Discuss Areas With Few Insurers

Monday, December 15, 2014

Covered California names several areas of the state where there are fewer than three health insurance carriers for consumers to choose from.

Nevada Drafting Rules to Prevent Drug Price Changes

Monday, December 01, 2014

The Nevada Division of Insurance wants to prevent health plans from changing the way they price prescription drugs without state approval.

Open Enrollment For Second Year Of Covered California Starts Saturday

Friday, November 14, 2014

Covered California staff members are on a statewide bus tour visiting 21 cities in order to raise awareness about the start of open enrollment this Saturday.

California Hospitals Rank Highly In Patient Safety, But Patients Should ‘Protect’ Themselves

Thursday, October 30, 2014

California ranks high in hospital safety, according to national survey.

Opposition to Health Care Measures Outspend Any Other State Propositions

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Opponents of two medical-related ballot measures have have spent more than $55 million.

Northern California Hospitals Prepare For Possible Ebola Cases

Monday, October 27, 2014

State officials have chosen University of California health care systems as go-to facilities to treat California-based patients diagnosed with the Ebola virus.

Sacramento County Monitoring Two People For Signs Of Ebola

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Sacramento County says it has begun monitoring people in the area who have recently arrived from three West African countries affected by Ebola. Officials say very few people belong in that category.

Nevadans to See More Health Plan Choice, Modest Price Increases in 2015

Monday, October 20, 2014

Nevada’s Division of Insurance has released the rates for people buying their own health insurance in 2015.

Covered California Braces For New Open Enrollment Period

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The new Open Enrollment period under the federal health care law starts in less than a month – and California’s health care exchange says it’s sending out renewal notices to its 1.1 million enrollees.

State Preps For Potential Spread Of Ebola

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

California has no confirmed or suspected cases of Ebola yet. But the state’s Department of Public Health says that while the risk of the virus spreading in California is very low, it wouldn’t be surprising if a case arises eventually.

Prop 45 Would Give Insurance Commissioner Final Say on Health Premiums

Thursday, October 09, 2014

A measure on the November ballot would give California’s elected insurance commissioner power to reject health insurance premium increases for people in individual and small group plans. The policy change would be more complicated than it seems.

Northern California Children Test Positive For Enterovirus

Friday, October 03, 2014

(AP) -- Three children in Northern California have tested positive for a virus that's caused hundreds of illnesses nationwide and possibly several deaths.

Not Too Early For Flu Shots

Monday, September 29, 2014

Flu season usually starts up in October, and that's just around the corner. Health officials recommend getting flu shots as soon as they're available.

Small Businesses Get New Health Insurance Options in Covered California

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Covered California says small businesses may benefit from new health insurance offerings being introduced into the marketplace over the coming months.

Enterovirus Hospitalizes Children In Southern California

Friday, September 19, 2014

A virus linked to severe respiratory illness in kids is circulating California.

Poll: Californians Believe Mental Health Treatment Works

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A new survey shows Californians support treating mental illness, but aren’t likely to seek treatment for themselves.

Enterovirus Afflicting Children In The Midwest Could Hit California

Monday, September 15, 2014

A virus that has hospitalized children in the Midwestern United States this year was first identified in California more than 50 years ago and may have resurfaced again in the state.

California Jails Help Enroll Inmates in Health Care

Monday, September 08, 2014

New research shows many inmates in California county jails are getting help signing up for Medi-Cal.

Study: Fast Food Workers More Likely To On Publicly Subsidized Healthcare

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Fast food workers in Sacramento and dozens of other American cities are expected to walk off the job Thursday in support of higher pay and a right to unionize.

Applying to Study Medicine Abroad? Some Look to Cuba

Monday, August 25, 2014

There’s a one in four chance that your doctor went to medical school outside the U.S. Dozens of Americans in recent years have chosen to do that in Cuba.

Officials: Patient Being Tested For Ebola Is "Low-Risk" Of Infection

Thursday, August 21, 2014

UPDATE: Aug. 22, 7 A.M. - Health officials announced that a Sacramento patient has tested negative for the Ebola virus.

Assembly Approves Birth Control Access Bill

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A bill that would require health insurers in California to provide free coverage of all FDA-approved birth control methods has passed the Assembly on a party-line vote.

Sacramento Patient Isolated While Being Tested For Ebola

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Sacramento Ebola case is unconfirmed, but public health personnel have isolated the patient.

California Scrambles To Clear Medi-Cal Applications Backlog

Monday, August 18, 2014

The State of California says it’s working as fast as it can to process a backlog of 400,000 Medi-Cal applications.

Advocates Want Law To Prevent Estate Recovery For Low-Income Health Benefits

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Health care advocates are concerned about a California law that allows the state to claim assets of deceased people who received health care through Medi-Cal.

Death Of Robin Williams Sparks Conversation On Suicide Prevention, Mental Illness

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Beloved actor's death highlights need for more education, resources, support for those struggling with mental illness.

California Bills To Address Health Costs, Provider Access Move Through Legislature

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Health advocates say a handful of bills moving through the California legislature address concerns about "narrow provider networks." Health insurers oppose the measures.

Ask Emily: Big Bills Lurk In Specialty Drug Category

Friday, August 08, 2014

Recent changes in drug pricing mean more of you will face sticker shock when you fill prescriptions.

E-Cigarette Regulations Loom As Vaping Trend Booms

Thursday, August 07, 2014

People who "vape" and the retail shops and lounges that cater to them in Sacramento and throughout the country could be facing restrictions in the near future.

Modesto Mothers Celebrate World Breastfeeding Week

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

This is World Breastfeeding Week, and in Modesto hundreds of mothers and mothers-to-be learned about the benefits of nursing.

Woman Dies From West Nile Virus In Sacramento County

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

A Sacramento County woman in her 70's has died from the West Nile Virus. The Sacramento County Department of Public Health says the woman had a compromised immune system, which put her at greater risk of infection from the virus.

California Bill Would Guarantee Full Health Plan Birth Control Access

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

A bill in the California legislature would mandate full access to FDA-approved birth control methods covered in health care plans.

Aerial Spraying Wednesday For West Nile Virus In Davis, Woodland

Monday, August 04, 2014

An increase in the rate of West Nile virus in mosquitoes prompts spraying this week over Davis, Woodland.

Covered California Enrollees To See Modest Increase in Premiums

Friday, August 01, 2014

Californians with Covered California plans will see variations in their premiums next year. Officials urge people to shop around for plans.

UC Davis is Trailblazer in Three-Year Medical School Model

Monday, July 28, 2014

UC Davis has launched a three-year medical school program to get primary care physicians in the field faster.

Latest ACA Rulings Will Not Affect Californians

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Two federal appeals court rulings on the legality of health insurance subsidies don’t have any effect on Californians.

Whooping Cough Epidemic Spreads In California

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Some California counties are showing substantially higher rates of whooping cough than the state average. And health officials say the epidemic this year could be one of the worst in fifty years.

Nevada Rolls Out Mobile Crisis Center For Kids

Monday, July 21, 2014

Nevada is spending millions of dollars on a" mobile crisis center" to help kids in emergencies.

Slew Of Health Care Bills To Be Considered In August

Monday, July 21, 2014

California lawmakers will hear a handful of health measures when they return in August -- they're lauded by patient advocates and opposed by insurers.

Watching Health Insurers Prepare for ‘Year Two’

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

CapRadio's Pauline Bartolone looks at health insurers' early decisions for selling policies in the 2015 exchange marketplaces, and for how much.

Hundreds of Yolo County Residents Get Drought-Relief Food Aid

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Hundreds of people in Yolo County have received food aid through the state's drought-relief effort.

Contentious Health Bills Await California Lawmakers Upon Return

Monday, July 07, 2014

California lawmakers have left Sacramento for the month of July. When they return, they’ll consider health care measures supported by consumer advocates and opposed by insurance compan

Nevada's Health Exchange Sees Increased Interest from Insurers

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Nevada’s insurance commissioner says one new insurer has applied to be part of the state’s health exchange next year.

Sacramento County Investigates Tuberculosis Outbreak

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Sacramento County says it's still investigating an outbreak of tuberculosis, but they're not aware of anyone who is contagious.

Contraception Coverage Still Required in California Despite SCOTUS Ruling

Monday, June 30, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court’s “Hobby Lobby” decision will only have a limited effect in California because it does not affect a 15-year-old California law that requires health insurance plans to include birth control.

California's Paid Family Leave Program Expansion Starts July 1

Friday, June 27, 2014

A law that extends California’s paid family leave benefit to people caring for grandchildren, grandparents, siblings and in-laws will go into effect July 1. The original law took effect on the same day 10 years ago.

Capitol Roundup: New Sentencing Ballot Measure, State Help For Food Industry

Thursday, June 26, 2014

California voters will decide this fall whether some low-level drug and theft offenses should be tried as misdemeanors instead of felonies. Meanwhile, the Legislature and Board of Equalization are pushing policies to help the food industry.

Pre-Hospice Program Offers Alternative End of Life Care

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A new program on Sutter Health focuses on patients before they enter into hospice.

Mental Health Care Advocates Call For Parity In Public Health Services

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Advocates say the mentally ill do not receive the same level of service in California’s public health system as people who use other medical services. And they’re asking state officials to change that.

California Audit Finds Dozens Of Women Prisoners Were Sterilized Illegally

Thursday, June 19, 2014

A California State Audit has concluded that the sterilization of dozens of women prisoners were done in violation of informed consent laws.

California Whooping Cough Epidemic Hits Infants Hardest

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

California health officials recommend people ‘cocoon’ infants by surrounding them with people vaccinated for whooping cough.

West Nile Virus Activity Up In Sacramento Region

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The hot weather in Sacramento this week made it easier for mosquitos to multiply -- and vector control experts say that may be influencing the spread of West Nile Virus.

California State Prisons Struggle to Enroll Parolees in Medi-Cal Before Release

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

An effort aims to help parolees sign up for health insurance before their release.

Chronic Disease Patients Raise Alarm Over Cost-Sharing for Prescriptions

Monday, June 02, 2014

California chronic disease patients say new trends in insurance coverage for prescription drugs are discriminatory.

Possible Whooping Cough Epidemic Developing In California

Monday, June 02, 2014

California may be dealing with a new whooping cough epidemic. So far this year, cases have already surpassed the total number reported in 2013.

New Doctors Graduate From UC Davis Med School

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

About 100 Sacramento medical students will be able to put the title "Doctor" in front of their names after tomorrow.

Study: Increase In Thyroid Cancer Likely Linked To Environment, Behavior

Monday, May 19, 2014

Researchers with the Cancer Prevention Institute of California say there’s a thyroid cancer epidemic.

Californians Get More time To Switch From COBRA to Covered California

Friday, May 16, 2014

Californians may be able to save money if they switch from COBRA health coverage to Covered California plans.

One-third of Patients Admitted to California Hospital Have Diabetes Says Study

Thursday, May 15, 2014

One-third of all patients admitted to California hospitals have diabetes, according to a new study.

Medi-Cal Enrollees Approaching One-Third Of California Population

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The number of Californians getting health care through Medi-Cal is approaching one-third of the state population.

Whooping Cough On The Rise In Sacramento County

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

There's an outbreak of whooping cough in Sacramento County and health experts are recommending that people get vaccinated.

California Considers Bill Requiring Hospital Violence Prevention Plans

Monday, May 12, 2014

A bill that would require California hospitals to develop workplace violence prevention plans is up for legislative committee vote this week.

California's Largest Healthcare Workers Union Drops Two Fall Ballot Initiatives

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

California’s largest health care workers union is dropping two fall ballot initiatives related to healthcare costs. It’s part of a new agreement announced Wednesday between the union and the state’s hospital industry.

McKinley Village Approved With Some Changes

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Sacramento City Council has approved the McKinley Village development for East Sacramento.

California Bill Would Extend Medi-Cal To Undocumented Immigrants

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The California Senate Health Committee approved a bill Wednesday that would make undocumented immigrants eligible for Medi-Cal benefits.

California Bill Would Require Fair Health Insurance Pricing

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

A bill that passed a California Assembly Committee Tuesday would guarantee that people who must receive medical treatment outside their insurance network get that care covered by their insurance within strict time limits.

Elder Care Facilities Face Regulatory Overhaul

Monday, April 28, 2014

A dozen bills moving through the state legislature would dramatically overhaul the way California regulates elder care facilities. A story about Valley Springs Manor in Castro Valley broke last October.

California Lawmakers to Hear Bill to Expand Health Law to Undocumented Immigrants

Monday, April 28, 2014

Unauthorized immigrants in California would be eligible for Medi-Cal and the new health marketplace coverage under a bill before lawmakers this week.

UC Davis Medical Encourages Asians To Get Hep B Test

Friday, April 25, 2014

The U.C. Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center says about half of Sacramento's Asian community has been immunized against Hepatitis B. Six years ago only about 20 percent were protected from the virus.

California Genetically Modified Food Labeling Bill Passes Senate Committee

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Any genetically modified food product sold in California would have to come labeled as such under a bill that passed a state Senate committee Tuesday.

California Advocates Urge State "Vigilance" to Ensure Care for New Medi-Cal Patients

Monday, April 21, 2014

California health advocates want tight state oversight of health plans to ensure Medi-Cal patients get timely care under the Affordable Care Act.

'Bumpy' California Enrollment Period Ends with Over 3 Million Health Care Sign-Ups

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Covered California released final enrollment numbers today after a 6 month sign-up period.

Nevada's Health Exchange Allows For Year-Round Sign-Ups

Monday, April 14, 2014

While many Americans who missed the window to buy health insurance this year will have to wait until November 15th if they reconsider, Nevadans will be able to buy coverage year round.

Many Doctors Support Warning Labels On Sugary Drinks

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A California bill that would require health warnings on sugary drinks moved forward in the legislature on Wednesday. Many doctors are among the measure's staunchest supporters.

Nevada Insurance Regulators Are Crafting New Guidelines

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Nevada insurance regulators are coming up with guidelines to make sure health insurance works for people – and they want your feedback.

Medical Interpreters Bill Up For Consideration Once Again

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

For the second time in a year, California lawmakers will consider a bill that would create a medical interpreters program. The bill’s backers say circumstances are different this time.

Health Insurance Agents Grappling With New Healthcare Environment

Thursday, April 03, 2014

The open enrollment season under the federal health law has been a busy time for insurance agents in California. But many brokers are not seeking out the business.

More Than 400,000 Signed Up For Covered California In March

Thursday, April 03, 2014

March was the busiest month yet for Covered California, the state’s health care exchange.

California Bill Would Require Public Schools To Stock Allergy Injectors

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

A bill that would require all California public schools to keep emergency supplies of allergy medication injectors on-site has cleared the Senate Education Committee.

Patients Win About Half the Time They Challenge Denied Health Care Services

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Millions of people have signed up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. New rules ensure no one can be denied insurance, but there is no guarantee that all services will be covered.

Deadline Sparks Surge in Covered California Applications

Monday, March 31, 2014

Uninsured Californians rushed to sign up for health insurance under the federal health care law ahead of Monday's midnight deadline. Many went to enrollment events as the Covered California call center reported waits of more than an hour.

Faith Groups Helping Enroll People In Health Coverage

Friday, March 28, 2014

Faith groups are stepping up to help enroll people in health insurance in the final days of open enrollment this week. Covered California says religious organizations have been good partners all along, but now they're making a concerted push.

Covered California To Give 'Grace Period' To Those Who Sign Up By Deadline

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Covered California says the grace period is not an extension of the March 31 enrollment deadline. It’s a way to help people who have started the process to get across the finish line.

California Bill Would Establish New Medical Pot Rules

Thursday, March 27, 2014

A bill in the California legislature would set up state-wide rules for how doctors can prescribe marijuana. The bill would also require the state Department of Health to oversee medical pot distribution.

Sate Lawmakers Consider Leftover Medication Bill

Monday, March 24, 2014

Local California governments, retirees and clean water advocates have teamed up to push a bill before state lawmakers this week.

Nevada Extends Deadline For Health Insurance Enrollment

Monday, March 24, 2014

Nevada is allowing an extra 60 days for people to sign up for coverage through the state’s health insurance exchange.

Enrollment Extension For Nevada Exchange Allowed

Friday, March 21, 2014

(AP) -- Anyone who attempted to sign up for health insurance with Nevada's failed insurance exchange will have another 60 days to complete the process.

Unvaccinated People Make Up Large Portion Of Measles Cases In California

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

California health officials say almost half of the 32 Californians known to have contracted measles are in families that chose not to vaccinate.

Measure To Raise Malpractice Cap Would Also Require Random Drug Testing For Doctors

Monday, March 17, 2014

Proponents of a ballot measure that would increase the cap on medical mal-practice damages say they have enough signatures to qualify the initiative for voters this fall.

Covered California Hits One Million Enrollees

Monday, March 17, 2014

Two and a half million Californians are eligible to receive financial aid to help them pay for health insurance, and only a couple of weeks remain to sign up.

Nevada Board Delays Vote On Special Enrollment

Friday, March 14, 2014

(AP) -- The board overseeing Nevada's troubled health insurance exchange board has delayed a vote on whether to give people stuck in the system more time to complete enrollments.

Officials: Students At Grant High School Exposed To Tuberculosis

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Health officials say 21 students at a Sacramento high school appear to have been exposed to tuberculosis.

Three Million Californians in Some Stage of Health Care Enrollment as Deadline Nears

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Covered California has announced that almost 2 million people are newly enrolled in either Medi-Cal or private insurance as of the end of February. Hundreds of thousands more have finished applications.

Davis Moves Closer To E-Cigarette Ban

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Davis City Council last night took the first step toward banning electronic cigarettes.

California Campaign Touts Benefits of Reading to Small Children

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

California lawmakers helped launch a new state advertising campaign aimed at getting parents to vocally interact more with their babies and toddlers.

Davis Considers Adding E-Cigarettes To Smoking Ban

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has yet to come out with regulations for electronic cigarettes. And Davis may soon join a growing group of cities writing their own regulations.

California Highest in Health Exchange Sign-Ups So Far

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Federal data show more people in California have picked a plan through a health insurance exchange than in any other state.

Expert: Health Insurance Shoppers Should Consider Out of Pocket Costs

Monday, March 10, 2014

People looking for health insurance have just three weeks left to sign up or they’ll face a tax penalty. One expert says consumers can avoid surprises by considering the total costs associated with health plans.

In-Person Health Insurance Sign-Ups In Sacramento

Friday, March 07, 2014

Sacramento area residents who plan to sign up for health insurance before the enrollment deadline can do so in-person this Saturday.

Low-Income Communities Hit Hardest By Influenza

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Povery-striken, densely packed neighborhoods in the Sacramento region were hit hardest by this year's flu, according to a newspaper analysis.

Study: Oral Hygiene Can Save Hospital Patients' Lives

Monday, March 03, 2014

A study at a Sacramento-area hospital has revealed that basic dental hygiene among hospital patients can significantly reduce the incidence of pneumonia.

Drought Creates Extra Burden for Allergy Sufferers

Monday, March 03, 2014

People who suffer from allergy in California may already be feeling symptoms this year. And the drought conditions may bring further aggravation.

Unexpected Public Health Concerns Dog California Health Experts

Thursday, February 27, 2014

A recent string of unanticipated public health developments in California has state health officials looking for answers. Some of the illnesses were thought to have disappeared decades ago.

UC Davis Monkeys And Staff Get New Home For Respiratory Studies

Thursday, February 27, 2014

UC Davis is celebrating the completion of a new building on campus that researchers will use to study respiratory disease in monkeys. The school offered a tour of the new building and the primate breeding colony.

Researchers Studying Polio-Like Illness In Children

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

(AP) -- Researchers at Stanford University say they are studying a cluster of children in California who have developed a rare, polio-like illness in the past year that resulted into paralysis in one or more of the children's arms or legs.

Calif. Unions Seek To Limit Health Care Costs

Friday, February 21, 2014

A California labor union is collecting signatures for two ballot measures. One would limit the amount hospitals could charge patients to 25 percent above actual costs. The other would cap CEO salaries at non-profit hospitals at $450,000 dollars.

Flu-Related Deaths In Calif. Now At 278

Friday, February 21, 2014

The number of flu-related deaths has increased again in California -- by 35 in the past week -- bringing the total number of deaths to 278 this season.

California Lawmakers Introduce Bills to Increase Medi-Cal Reimbursement Payments

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

A pair of bills have been introduced into the California state Assembly that would increase physician reimbursement payments for Medi-Cal, which is the state’s health care service for low-income people.

Drought Could Lead To More Health Problems

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

California's drought could lead to breathing problems for some people, according to health experts.

Counties Must Improve Compliance with Pregnant Prisoner Restraints Law Says Study

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

According to a review released today Tuesday, only 21 of 58 counties in California are in total compliance with a law that prohibits certain restraints from being used on pregnant prisoners. The law went into effect a year ago.

Sacramento Mental Health Center Offers Space for Recovery During Crises

Monday, February 17, 2014

It’s estimated that one in 17 people live with a debilitating mental health problem. The Mental Health Crisis Respite center recently opened in Sacramento for people in crisis who want to avoid the emergency room.

California Bill Would Require Health Warning Labels on Sugary Drinks

Thursday, February 13, 2014

New legislation announced Thursday in Sacramento would make California the first state to require health warning labels on sugary beverages. Backers say it’s a good tool for fighting obesity.

Officials: Twice As Many Flu Deaths In Calif. Compared To Last Year

Monday, February 10, 2014

California is reporting almost twice the number of flu-related deaths as last year.

California Lawmaker to Introduce Undocumented Immigrant Healthcare Bill

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

The California legislature will soon be debating whether to provide state-supported health insurance to undocumented immigrants. The federal health insurance exchanges exclude them.

California Officials Want Transparency In Health Care Pricing

Monday, February 03, 2014

California officials want to publish the prices of medical services online so that patients can make more informed health care choices.

Ask Emily: Getting Lost In Obamacare's Mazes

Friday, January 31, 2014

Today's column focuses on tips for people who signed up for a health insurance plan but can't get the coverage they signed up and paid for.

New Report Compares Performance and Satisfaction Rates of Health Plans

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

If you're looking for a new health care plan, you might want to pay close attention to a new state report being released today. The report shows how different insurance networks and medical groups do in managing health conditions.

Health Experts Warn Of Increase In Illnesses Due To Drought

Monday, January 27, 2014

Health experts say California’s drought could increase the risk of illness and exacerbate existing problems people have getting safe drinking water.

Covered CA Criticized For Sign-Ups

Friday, January 24, 2014

(AP) -- Covered California is being criticized for lackluster efforts to sign up Latinos and for continued paperwork problems that have left some consumers in limbo.

Covered CA Takes A Bite Out Of Kids' Dental Care Costs

Friday, January 24, 2014

Parents will have an easier time buying dental insurance for their children under changes made by the Covered California online health exchange.

Brown Speech Touts Bioscience, Warns of Future Health Care Costs

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Health care wasn’t a big focus of Brown’s speech. But the Governor did mention health care in terms of costs to the state, and how California is a leader in bioscience and medical technology.

Ask Emily: HSAs, COBRA: Do they mesh with Obamacare?

Friday, January 17, 2014

This is a critical moment in the evolution of Obamacare – and of this column. Tens of thousands of you already have enrolled in health plans that will kick in a few days from now, if they haven’t already.

Brown's Proposal For Funds Toward Dental Care Education Could Be Sign Of Shift

Monday, January 13, 2014

A small spending item in Governor Jerry Brown’s California budget proposal that would put $17 million for education about dental care for kids could be a sign of a shift in health care spending from the past five years.

California Health Officials Say Deadly Flu Virus Spreading

Friday, January 10, 2014

California health officials are reporting the rate of illness from influenza is higher than normal for this time of year, with a more dangerous form of the virus leading the way.

Fifth Person Dies Of H1N1 In Sacramento County

Friday, January 10, 2014

The County Department of Health and Human Services says the most recent victim was a 53-year-old man who died at home.

Advocates Say Brown Budget Could Invest More In Kids' Health

Thursday, January 09, 2014

California’s advocates for children’s health say the Governor’s budget could do more to ensure low-income kids have access to services.

California Flu Cases Expected To Increase Significantly

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

California health officials say the flu is widespread, and they expect incidence of the illness to increase significantly over the next few weeks, but that’s not unusual for this time of year.

Brown Budget Calls For Changes To Medi-Cal

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Governor Jerry Brown's budget proposal includes health policy changes for the state’s Medi-Cal program.

Reddit Post Of $55K Appendectomy Bill From Sutter Health Goes Viral

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

A medical billing advocate explains why the situation described on a viral Reddit post about a $55,000 appendectomy bill is more common than you might think.

New Flu Shot Debuts In California

Monday, January 06, 2014

Most people will receive a flu shot to immunize them against three different types of flu. But, there's a new vaccine that covers four strains.

Expansion Of Medicaid Eligibility Under ACA Benefiting Nevada Tribes

Monday, January 06, 2014

The Affordable Care Act also expanded Medicaid eligibility to include Native Americans, and some Nevada tribes are already seeing changes.

Patients With New Insurance Trickle Into Sacramento Area Clinics

Monday, January 06, 2014

Sacramento area health centers are only seeing a trickle of patients with new coverage during the first few days of the expanded Medi-Cal program.

Covered CA Extends Payment Deadline To Jan. 15

Monday, January 06, 2014

(AP) -- Covered California announced that it has extended the deadline for payments until Jan. 15.

First Flu Death Of The Year In Sacramento County

Friday, January 03, 2014

The Sacramento County Division of Public Health says a 61-year-old woman has died from the H1N1 flu virus.

Paid Caregivers In California Get Overtime Pay In 2014

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Paid caregivers who work in private homes around California will be entitled to overtime pay starting in 2014.

Friday Is Last Day For Covered CA 'Grace period'

Thursday, December 26, 2013

(AP) -- Friday will be the end of the grace period to get health insurance starting Jan. 1 for consumers who were frustrated in their attempts to sign up by Monday's deadline.

Local Nurse Volunteers In Typhoon-Ravaged Philippines

Monday, December 23, 2013

Patti Parker is a registered nurse who volunteered in Tacloban City , Philippines to help those hardest hit by Typhoon Haiyan.

As Deadline Looms, Last-Minute Insurance Shoppers Scrambling

Monday, December 23, 2013

(AP) -- Last-minute health insurance shoppers are calling help lines and attending enrollment events Monday, a key deadline under the nation's new health law.

California Health Exchange Braces For Deadline

Monday, December 23, 2013

(AP) -- A spokesman for California's health insurance exchange says enrollment action is heavy during the deadline day to sign up for coverage that will start Jan. 1.

No Deadline Extension, Says Covered California

Monday, December 23, 2013

California’s health care exchange is not extending the same one-day enrollment grace period as the White House is, meaning the deadline for Californians to apply for health insurance that takes effect Jan. 1st remains Monday at midnight.

Differences In How Californians Will Experience New Health Care System

Monday, December 23, 2013

The new year will bring sweeping changes to the health care system through the Affordable Care Act, but the way Californians will experience the federal law will be different from the rest of the country.

Study Finds Homeless Dying Violent Deaths

Friday, December 20, 2013

The people behind a study of homeless deaths in Sacramento hope the report will push the state and local governments to fund more housing programs.

Covered California Enrollment Figures For Sacramento Region Released

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

More than 14,000 people in the Sacramento region have at least started the application process for a health insurance plan under California's exchange, known as "Covered California."

Officials Find Increase in Ticks Infected With Lyme Disease in Placer County

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

People often think of summer as the main season for ticks, but the species of tick that carries Lyme disease is most active this time of year.

Stem Cell Agency Funds California Cancer Research

Monday, December 16, 2013

California's voter-created stem cell agency has just released its latest round of funding. The agency is looking into ways to continue issuing grants past 2017.

Sacramento Medical Device Makers Have Mixed Views On Obamacare Tax

Monday, December 16, 2013

The Sacramento region has a thriving medical device industry with about 70 companies doing business in the field. Some of them have faced a new tax this year under the Affordable Care Act.

Brown Praises Calif. Obamacare Rollout, Credits Prop 25 for Budget Health

Monday, December 16, 2013

Speaking at an event in Silicon Valley Monday, Gov. Jerry Brown declared California's Affordable Care Act rollout to be going "better" than the national effort and said the federal government should follow his state's budget strategy.

Covered California Says Enrollment Numbers Continue to Show Momentum

Friday, December 13, 2013

California’s health insurance marketplace says it’s continuing to see momentum of people signing up for coverage.

Democrat Says Republican Website Misleads People About the Federal Health Law

Thursday, December 05, 2013

A Democratic US lawmaker says California Republicans are intentionally trying to confuse people with a website they set up about the Affordable Care Act.

Psychiatric Hospital Proponents Say Neighborhood Fears Are Unfounded

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

A Sacramento neighborhood association wants to stop the development of a private psychiatric hospital. The Sacramento City Council is expected to vote on the Exposition Parkway development tonight.

California Plans To Fast-Track Food Stamp Recipients to Health Care

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

The state of California says as many as 600,000 people who receive food stamps could be fast-tracked into Medi-Cal next year if the federal government approves.

Calif. Health Insurers Restrict Doctor Choice To Lower Costs

Sunday, December 01, 2013

Californians shopping for health insurance next year are faced with many choices and different prices. The plans they choose also come with different combinations of doctors and hospitals. Some people are confused and frustrated.

ACLU Critical of Covered California Voter Registration Process

Monday, November 25, 2013

The American Civil Liberties Union of California says the state’s health care exchange is violating federal and state law by failing to provide new enrollees with adequate voter registration opportunities.

California Has Head Start Expanding Medicaid Under Obamacare

Thursday, November 21, 2013

The beginning stages of enrollment in the new online healthcare marketplace have been frustrating for people in many parts of the country. But in California, the enrollment numbers are better. California also has a head start expanding Medicaid.

CA Health Exchange Board Votes Not To Allow Extensions For Non-Compliant Plans (updated)

Thursday, November 21, 2013

The Covered California board of directors voted today not to allow health insurers to renew canceled policies that don’t meet new standards under the Affordable Care Act.

State Court Upholds University of California Healthcare Workers Strike

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

A state court in Sacramento has ruled that 22,000 unionized University of California health care workers can strike as planned Wednesday. The UC sought to block the strike for safety reasons.

Brown Hesitant on Obama's ACA Tweak, Hopeful on Prisons

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

California Governor Jerry Brown says he’s hesitant about the president’s proposed tweak to the federal health care law – and hopeful that negotiations over California’s overcrowded prisons will lead to a viable solution.

Calif Dems Push For Changes To Obamacare

Monday, November 18, 2013

Even as President Obama announced people will be able to keep recently canceled insurance plans, some Northern California Democrats are pushing for other changes to the health law.

Coming Up: Obama Announcement On Health Care

Thursday, November 14, 2013

President Obama announced Thursday that Americans who have had their health insurance plans canceled because of his Affordable Care Act can keep those plans for another year if they wish.

Despite Obama's Proposal, California Health Insurers Want to 'Stay the Course'

Thursday, November 14, 2013

California health insurers don’t like President Obama’s proposal to allow people to stay on health plans that don’t meet the standards of the Affordable Care Act next year.

Covered California Says Almost 60,000 Californians Have Enrolled So Far

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

California’s new health insurance marketplace says almost 60,000 people have enrolled in the exchange during the first month-and-a-half of operation.

More Than 106,000 Choose Health Plans Under Affordable Care Act

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

More than 106,000 Americans selected health plans in the first reporting period of open enrollment for the new health insurance marketplace, according to data released Wednesday by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Calif. Health Exchange Enrolls Fraction of Target

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

California's new health insurance exchange tentatively enrolled 35,000 people during its first month of operation, a fraction of the eventual goal in the state with the nation's largest uninsured population. UPDATED: 5:47 p.m.

Initiative Would Raise Cap on Medical Malpractice Damages

Monday, November 11, 2013

California’s high-stakes battle over medical malpractice damages could move to the ballot box next year. The initiative campaign seeking to increase the cap on “pain and suffering” awards will pit trial lawyers against doctors.

Health Insurer Says Individual Plans Will Have Fewer Doctors Next Year

Monday, November 11, 2013

California health insurers say people buying coverage for themselves next year should expect a different set of doctors and hospitals than are available this year.

Affordable Care Act Fair In Sacramento This Weekend

Friday, November 08, 2013

Uninsured people in the Sacramento region will be able to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act Saturday at an enrollment event at the Sacramento Convention Center.

Researchers Look to Ease Fears About Valley Fever

Friday, November 08, 2013

Valley Fever is a scary disease, and one that we know little about. It can make people very sick when an airborne fungus lodges in their lungs. Patients and their family members are gathering in Fresno tomorrow to discuss the problem.

Report Shines Light on County Variation in California's Health Safety Net

Thursday, November 07, 2013

A new report from California health advocates suggests the state’s safety net for the uninsured looks vastly different depending on what county you live in.

Anthem Blue Cross Reassigns 33,000 Californians To New Doctors

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Troubled contract negotiations between the Sutter Health system and Anthem Blue Cross mean thousands of people will be seeing new doctors next year.

Blue Shield Extends Cancellation Date for Individual Market Policies

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Blue Shield of California is delaying its cancellation date for 115,000 individual market policy holders whose plans aren’t grandfathered in under the federal health care law.

Clinics waiting for state approval for insurance exchange enrollment

Monday, November 04, 2013

Sacramento-area clinics say some of their staff have been waiting for about a month for final approval from the state to help sign people up for the new health insurance marketplace.

California Health Insurers: Cancelations First Step to Broader Coverage

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

California health insurers say the wave of individual policy cancelations across the country is part of an “evening out” of health care rules under the Affordable Care Act.

Thousands of Covered California Enrollment Helpers, Agents Await Certification

Monday, October 28, 2013

Thousands of insurance agents and counselors in California are waiting to be certified by the state’s health insurance exchange. Community clinics say fixing the problem should be the exchange’s top priority.

On the Trail of an Invasive Mosquito

Monday, October 28, 2013

A mosquito that can carry dengue and yellow fever is turning up in several areas of California, mostly in and around Fresno, but also in San Mateo. We trail mosquito control in Fresno to learn what's being done about it.

Medi-Cal Managed Care Transition 'Rough' For Some People

Thursday, October 24, 2013

California has moved more than a million people into Medi-Cal managed care, including children from the former Healthy Families program, and seniors and the disabled from fee-for-service care. Advocates say some patients have had a rough transition.

Covered California: Roll Out Has 'Not Been Perfect, But...Pretty Darn Good'

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Covered California says it's been doing a pretty good job of rolling out the Affordable Care Act in the state since open enrollment started October 1st.

California County Takes On Pharmaceutical Companies Over Drug Disposal

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Two counties on the West Coast are requiring drug makers to pay for the safe disposal of their products. But the new Alameda County law is facing court challenges.

Covered California Income Verification Stays the Same Under Congressional Funding Deal

Monday, October 21, 2013

The final spending deal that ended the federal shutdown includes a provision that adds a layer of scrutiny for income verification in the new health insurance marketplaces. What does it mean for California?

Soda Drinking Down In California Kids, Except Teenagers

Thursday, October 17, 2013

A UCLA report suggests more than 40 percent of California’s children have at least one sugary drink a day. That rate’s declined in recent years, but not in teenagers.

Autism Therapy Mandate Extended, But Not Everyone Benefits

Monday, October 14, 2013

California’s Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law an extension of a requirement that insurance companies cover behavioral health treatment for autistic kids. But the law won’t benefit every family in the state.

California Has Longer ER Wait Times, But Fares Better By Other Health Measures

Friday, October 11, 2013

A new analysis of Californians and their health care suggests quality is improving in some areas, but the state is behind the nation by other measures.

Brown Signs Bill Expanding Abortion Access

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

More medical professionals will be able to perform early-term abortions under a new law that takes effect in January. That's one of the 25 bills California Governor Jerry Brown signed Wednesday – and the seven he vetoed.

UC Students, Parents Have New Options Under Federal Health law

Monday, October 07, 2013

University of California students may already know that they are required to have health insurance to be enrolled in the system. What they may not know is that they and their parents have new options under the Affordable Care Act.

Sacramento To Hold Day For Affordable Care Act

Monday, October 07, 2013

The City of Sacramento has announced a special day of community outreach for people to apply for insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Nevada Health Link Sees Heavy Traffic in First Three Days

Friday, October 04, 2013

In the early days of its operation. the Nevada Health Insurance Exchange has had tens of thousands more users - and inquiries - than expected, and is scrambling to keep up with inquiries and applications.

California's Health Marketplace Opening Through the Eyes of One Uninsured Woman

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Covered California opened for business Tuesday. By mid-afternoon, 17,000 phone inquiries had been made to the state exchange call centers. Follow the story of one uninsured woman who went shopping for new coverage online.

Covered California: Enrollment Will Begin Tuesday Even Under Gov't Shutdown

Monday, September 30, 2013

With the prospect of a federal government shutdown increasing by the hour, there are questions about how a shutdown would affect implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

Health Law Kickoff May Be More Challenging Than Medicare's Start

Monday, September 30, 2013

Open enrollment for health coverage under the federal health law starts Tuesday, offering new options to millions of Americans. So how does the roll out of the ACA compare with the last time the federal government made coverage available to millions?

California Health Director Apologizes for Lack of Oversight in Medi-Cal Program

Thursday, September 26, 2013

A top California health care official has apologized for not taking more aggressive action against fraud in the Medi-Cal drug rehabilitation program.

Capitol Roundup: New Chemical Regulations; Marijuana Legalization

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Some common household products like carpet adhesive or nail polish could be regulated under a new program designed to limit the use of toxic chemicals. Meanwhile, a top lawmaker comes out against legalizing marijuana as an initiative effort begins.

California Lawmakers Hear Testimony About Government's Role in Protecting Public Health

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

One question was the basis of a hearing at the state Capitol Tuesday. “When should government intervene in the free market to protect public health?”

California Hospitals Face 'Hard Decisions' Under Medicare Payment Changes

Monday, September 23, 2013

California hospitals say a move towards performance-based reimbursement under the Affordable Care Act is forcing them to make some hard decisions.

California Bill Would Add Privacy Option in Health Insurance Paperwork

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

California reproductive health and civil liberties advocates are waiting for Governor Jerry Brown to take action on a bill that would create a more private way for patients to receive information about sensitive health services.

California Clinics Say Measures to Address Primary Care Shortage Are Not Enough

Monday, September 16, 2013

California lawmakers approved a number of bills in the session just passed that are intended to address the state’s shortage of primary care providers. But clinics say the measures are not enough.

Covered California Open Enrollment Starts in October

Monday, September 09, 2013

Open enrollment for California’s health insurance marketplace starts on October 1st, for coverage starting next year. Some liken the implementation of the health care overhaul to the roll out of the new computer technology.

Nevada Releases Health Insurance Rates for 2014

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Nevada residents looking to buy health insurance now have a better sense of what it will cost them next year. The Department of Insurance released 2014's rates and plans for coverage that will be sold in and out of the new health exchange.

Covered California TV Ad Campaign Uses 'Welcome' Message

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

California’s new health insurance marketplace will start advertising through TV commercials this week.

Midwives Would Keep Delivering 'Low-Risk' Home Births Under California Bill

Friday, August 30, 2013

In modern times, midwives tending to home births have largely been marginalized from mainstream medicine. But a bill moving through the California legislature could foster stronger links between midwives and obstetricians.

Covered California Postpones Some In-Person Enrollment Help

Monday, August 26, 2013

The California health insurance exchange says some of the people who will help to enroll the uninsured in coverage next year will be on the job later than expected.

California Preparing for Biosimilar Drugs

Monday, August 26, 2013

Biologic drugs use substances such as cells, proteins and antibodies. Biosimilar drugs are their generic counterparts and are expected to hit the market in a few years. the California legislature is already preparing for their arrival.

Lawmakers Seek Audit on Circumstances of Prison Sterilizations

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

California lawmakers are calling for a state audit of the legally questionable practice of sterilizing women inmates. Experts say it is part of the state’s dark history with a discredited social philosophy.

New Field Poll: Californians Don't Know Much About Affordable Care Act

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

A new survey finds most Californians don’t know a lot about the Affordable Care Act – President Barack Obama’s health care law – but they do support it.

Community Collaborates To Open New Park

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

A new park opened Tuesday in one of the poorest areas of West Sacramento. It’s part of a larger effort to encourage healthy living in poor communities.

Some Rural Hospitals Given Partial Exemption from Medi-Cal Cuts

Friday, August 16, 2013

California health officials have released details about looming cuts in the Medi-Cal program. And there’s good news for some hospitals.

California Audit Points to Lack of Oversight of Mental Health Funding

Thursday, August 15, 2013

California lawmakers and mental health groups say they ‘welcome’ new findings of inadequate oversight of state mental health funds.

California Lawmakers Question Sterilizations of Inmates

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

California lawmakers are scrutinizing the practice of sterilizing female inmates in the state’s prisons.

California Bill to Give Advanced Nurses More Independence Gets Second Chance

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

A controversial California measure that would allow advanced nurses more independence from doctors got a second life today from the same committee that rejected it last week.

California Measure to Lift Restrictions on Advanced Nurses Stalls In Assembly

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

The push to change California law to allow nurse practitioners more independence from doctors suffered a major setback today in an Assembly committee.

California Immigrants Rally For More Medical Interpreters

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Understanding what your doctor is telling you can be challenging. But imagine not speaking the same language. It’s a problem that thousands of Californians deal with. Now there’s an effort to provide more interpreters to non-English speakers.

California Insurance Exchange Releases Small Business Rates, Plans

Thursday, August 01, 2013

California’s new health insurance exchange, which is known as Covered California, has released rates and plans for small businesses that participate in the marketplace next year.

Sacramento County Detects First Human West Nile Virus Infection of 2013

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Sacramento County health officials have detected the first human case of West Nile Virus contracted in the county this year.

Media Push Coming From New California Health Exchange

Friday, July 26, 2013

TV commercials for the new California health insurance marketplace will start airing soon. And that’s not the only part of the exchange’s marketing and outreach campaign you'll be seeing.

Employer Mandate Delay Means Working Californians Will Find Own Health Care

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

California’s Insurance Commissioner says the Obama administration’s decision to delay the employer mandate in the Affordable Care Act means more people will have to buy their own health insurance in a few months.

A Nevada Health Plan - Without the Insurance

Monday, July 22, 2013

Thousands of people in the state won’t be covered under the federal health law. But there is another option. A health care network connects people without coverage to health care, without going through insurance companies.

Lake Tahoe Fire Dept. Testing Electronic Medical Records System

Monday, July 22, 2013

South Lake Tahoe firefighters are in the third year of testing a software system that saves 20 minutes per call and puts medical records into the hands of paramedics.

Study Shows Finding Dental Services for California Kids May be Difficult

Monday, July 22, 2013

California kids who receive dental care through Medi-Cal may find it difficult to find a dentist.

Mental Health Summit This Saturday

Friday, July 19, 2013

The event comes seven months after President Obama’s call for action in the days following a deadly school shooting in Connecticut.

Yosemite Working To Minimize Chance Of Repeat Hantavirus Outbreak

Thursday, July 18, 2013

A year after the deadly, rodent-carried disease claimed lives at Yosemite National Park, hantavirus is still a concern. But major changes at the park have lowered the chances of future outbreaks.

Covered California Starts Training Health Care 'Educators'

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

More than two-thousand Californians are being trained this month to educate people about getting coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

New Law Would Allow Compensation for Donating Eggs to Research

Monday, July 15, 2013

Women in California can be paid for donating their eggs for reproduction, but not if they donate their eggs for research. A new bill awaiting Governor Jerry Brown’s signature could change that.

Drug Makers Stall Generics With “Pay For Delay” Says CALPIRG

Thursday, July 11, 2013

The California Public Interest Research Group says brand name drug makers are paying generic drug companies to keep cheaper products off the market.

Private Doctors Provide Personalized Care, For a Price

Thursday, July 11, 2013

One area of health care is taking a step away from the industry. "Private medicine" – commonly known as concierge care –is a small but growing trend, with California at it’s center. We visit a practice in El Dorado Hills.

Sacramento, Yolo Pharmacies Will Be Drop Off Sites for Medication Waste

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Local business, law enforcement and water resource representatives joined a campaign this week to promote the proper disposal of household medicines.

Aerial Spraying for Mosquitoes as West Nile Activity Increases

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Crews are spraying for mosquitoes in Yolo County this week in an effort to stop the spread of West Nile Virus.

West Nile Virus Activity Strong in Sacramento and Yolo Counties

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus are turning up in great numbers in areas of Sacramento and Yolo Counties.

Two States, Two Styles of ObamaCare

Monday, July 08, 2013

Millions of uninsured Americans are expected to buy coverage through new health insurance marketplaces called exchanges next year. Nevada and California are busy building state-based exchanges, using different means to achieve the same ends.

Hot Forecast Not Enough To Open Cooling Centers in Sacramento

Friday, June 28, 2013

The National Weather Service forecast calls for high temperatures to be well over 100 degrees through the weekend and into next week.

California Health Care Advocates Applaud New Budget And Medi-Cal Expansion

Thursday, June 27, 2013

There was a sense of celebration as Governor Jerry Brown signed the California budget today, especially among health care advocates.

Large Employer Health Care Penalty Fails To Pass California Assembly

Thursday, June 27, 2013

A bill that would have imposed financial penalties on large companies with workers who wind up on California’s Medicaid program failed in the Assembly today. But it didn't go without heated debate.

State Says Kaiser Too Slow With Mental Health Care

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

California health regulators say Kaiser isn’t doing enough to provide timely access to mental health services for its patients. As a result, the state announced a $4 million fine against Kaiser today.

New Positive West Nile Virus Tests in Sac, Yolo Counties

Monday, June 24, 2013

A flurry of birds and mosquito samples across Sacramento and Yolo counties have tested positive for West Nile Virus. Public health officials warn this week’s rare summer rains will increase the risk of human infection.

Nevada Announces Grants for Health 'Navigators'

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Nevada’s health insurance marketplace created under the Affordable Care Act has announced the agencies that will enroll uninsured people in health coverage this year.

State Fiscal Plan Leaves Hole in Sacramento County's Health Budget

Monday, June 17, 2013

A top Sacramento county official says the new California budget will mean local health services will take a hit next year.

Medi-Cal Expansion Bills Head to Governor Brown's Desk

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Two California bills to expand the state health program for the poor were passed by California lawmakers over the weekend.

New Budget Fills In Dental Coverage Gaps for Poor Californians

Friday, June 14, 2013

California lawmakers and Governor Jerry Brown reached a budget agreement this week. A small number of areas won restored funding for next year - dental care was one of them.

California Insurance Commissioner Wants Anthem Locked Out of Group Exchange

Thursday, June 13, 2013

The California Department of Insurance says a major company should be left out of a new health insurance marketplace for small businesses.

State and Counties Strike Deal on Health Spending

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

California county and state negotiators have come to a budget deal on how local governments can use state dollars for health care under the Affordable Care Act.

President Touts Federal Health Law in California

Friday, June 07, 2013

President Obama used a stop in San Jose today to highlight California’s efforts to implement the Affordable Care Act.

County Official Says State Budget Could Endanger Public Health Programs

Thursday, June 06, 2013

A county official says a state budget fight over money for health services involves more than care for the uninsured. The money also pays for programs that protect everyone from disease.

EPA And Lawmakers Call Lack of Clean Drinking Water Unacceptable

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

The EPA and lawmakers say California needs to do more to provide communities with safe drinking water.

Thousands Gather at State Capitol To Protest Medi-Cal Cuts

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Thousands of people withstood temperatures near 90 degrees in Sacramento Tuesday to show their opposition to the state’s plan to cut payments to Medi-Cal providers.

Hundreds of Communities Rely on Contaminated Water

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

More than 600 communities in California rely on contaminated groundwater. Nowhere is the problem more acute than in the Tulare Lake Basin and the Salinas Valley.

Workplace Wellness Programs Take Off, Using Money as a Motivator

Monday, June 03, 2013

Many employers are incorporating healthy activities into the workplace, often using money as a motivator. But the trend comes with concerns about who’s paying more for health care.

California Measure Would Impose Safety Rules on Trampoline Parks

Monday, June 03, 2013

A non-profit group wants trampoline parks in California to be safer, and it’s sponsored a bill to regulate them.

Medical Marijuana Regulation Bill Fails in Assembly

Friday, May 31, 2013

The California Assembly has rejected legislation that would regulate medical marijuana. But the bill’s author says he’ll try again later this year.

UOP Researcher: New Drug Could Treat Some Heart Failure, Alzheimer’s

Friday, May 31, 2013

A new drug promises hope to tens of thousands of patients who are prone to heart failure.

Budget Battle Over Indigent Care Funds Pits Brown vs Counties

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

California counties and Governor Jerry Brown don’t agree on what to do with more than $1 billion counties spend on health care for the poor once the new federal health law kicks in next year.

Assembly Expands Who Can Perform Early Term Abortions

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

A bill that expands which medical professionals in California can perform abortions prompted heated debate today on the Assembly floor.

Costs, Coverage Will Shift in California's Individual Health Insurance Market

Monday, May 27, 2013

California’s new health insurance exchange has announced what plans and prices may look like for millions of people buying individual coverage next year. An insurance official sheds light on what the changes may mean for people already in the market.

Year’s First Cases of West Nile Virus Showing Up In San Joaquin County

Friday, May 24, 2013

Dead birds and mosquito samples are now starting to test positive for West Nile Virus in California. Mosquitoes carrying the virus have been found in San Joaquin County...the first in the county this year.

California Releases Details on Health Insurance Exchange

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Details of California’s new health insurance exchange were announced today. About five million people are eligible to get covered through the exchange.

California Sees Clusters of Medical Procedures

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

A new study suggests that where you live may influence the medical procedure you receive.

Capitol Roundup: Controversial Community College, Medical Marijuana Bills Advance

Monday, May 20, 2013

The California Assembly has approved a bill that would allow community colleges to offer extra courses at higher costs.

Revised Brown Budget Calls For State-Based Medi-Cal Expansion

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

California’s revised budget released by Governor Jerry Brown today calls for a state-led expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. But it comes with a proposal to change the financial responsibilities of counties.

Source: County-Based Medi-Cal Expansion May Be Off the Table

Monday, May 13, 2013

Governor Jerry Brown is expected to release a revised budget proposal Tuesday. Health policy professionals are eager to hear administration’s latest thinking about the expansion of Medi-Cal.

Coalition Supports Bill to Impose Penalties on Big Businesses With Medi-Cal Workers

Friday, May 10, 2013

California labor and health care groups are at odds with big business over a bill that would impose penalties on large employers whose workers seek health care through Medi-Cal.

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