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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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