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Showing Articles Tagged With: healthcare

  • When A Marketplace Only Offers One Health Insurer

    Thursday, December 18, 2014

    In 22 Northern California counties, some health insurance customers have only one choice of insurer in Covered California. We go to a rural community north of Quincy to find out what that's like.

  • Andrew Nixon, Capital Public Radio

    Fear Deterring Immigrants From Accessing Services

    Wednesday, December 03, 2014

    California offers several services for both documented and undocumented immigrants. But fears about deportation deter many people from taking advantage of the benefits offered to them.

  • Covered California Open Enrollment

    Friday, November 14, 2014

    It’s time to sign up for health insurance. Enrollment starts Saturday for Covered California, the state’s insurance exchange that’s part of the Affordable Care Act. On Insight we’ll check on Covered California’s Year Two.

  • Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

    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.

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    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.

  • Major Health Care Provider Vows To Only Buy Toxic-Free Furniture

    Tuesday, June 03, 2014

    Kaiser Permanente says its new facilities will not have upholstered furniture with flame retardant chemicals. A variety of studies have found the chemicals can be toxic… They’re linked to cancer, brain disorders and fertility problems.

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    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.

  • Steven Senne / AP

    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.

  • Eduardo Verdugo / AP

    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.

  • Ted S. Warren / AP

    Medical Interpreters Bill Up For Consideration 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.

  • Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

    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.

  • Reed Saxon / AP

    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.

  • Rich Pedroncelli / AP

    Covered CA To Allow For Enrollment 'Grace Period'

    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.

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    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.

  • 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.

  • Reed Saxon / AP

    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.

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    Study: Oral Hygiene Can Save 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.

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    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.

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

    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.

  • Health Experts: Drought Poses Health Risks

    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.

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    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • CPR photo/Ben Adler

    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.

  • California 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.

  • Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

    Obama Moves To Delay Cancellations Of Insurance Plans

    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.

  • 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.

  • CPR file photo/Andrew Nixon

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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    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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • CPR file photo/Ben Adler

    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.

  • 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.

  • Pauline Bartolone/CapRadio

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Katie Orr, Capital Public Radio

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Ranveig Thattai via Wikimedia

    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.

  • Pauline Bartolone/Capital Public Radio

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Photo courtesy Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District

    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.

  • 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.

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