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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.
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.
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.
The open enrollment period for Covered California began less than a month ago. But the pace of applications and enrollments has already exceeded last year.
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 says this year’s early health insurance enrollment is looking more promising than last year’s.
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.
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.
California is gearing up for a fight over physician-assisted suicide now that a Bay Area woman has ended her own life.
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 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.
By the beginning of next year, the Washoe County School District will provide low-income families with health care for the first time.
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.
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.
Californians with Covered California plans will see variations in their premiums next year. Officials urge people to shop around for plans.
California prison officials have reached a tentative deal in a lawsuit regarding the use of force against mentally ill inmates.
CapRadio's Pauline Bartolone looks at health insurers' early decisions for selling policies in the 2015 exchange marketplaces, and for how much.
Hundreds of people in Yolo County have received food aid through the state's drought-relief effort.
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 insurance commissioner says one new insurer has applied to be part of the state’s health exchange next year.
Sacramento County says it's still investigating an outbreak of tuberculosis, but they're not aware of anyone who is contagious.
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.
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.
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.
A new program on Sutter Health focuses on patients before they enter into hospice.
A California State Audit has concluded that the sterilization of dozens of women prisoners were done in violation of informed consent laws.
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 health officials recommend people ‘cocoon’ infants by surrounding them with people vaccinated for whooping cough.
California lawmakers are rejecting a budget proposal by Governor Jerry Brown that would cap the number of hours home healthcare workers can be paid for.
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.
An effort aims to help parolees sign up for health insurance before their release.
California Governor Jerry Brown’s budget proposal would maintain the current level of maximum hours that home health care workers are allowed to be paid for. Thousands of them rallied at the state capitol Thursday.
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.
California may be dealing with a new whooping cough epidemic. So far this year, cases have already surpassed the total number reported in 2013.
California chronic disease patients say new trends in insurance coverage for prescription drugs are discriminatory.
About 100 Sacramento medical students will be able to put the title "Doctor" in front of their names after tomorrow.
Researchers with the Cancer Prevention Institute of California say there’s a thyroid cancer epidemic.
Californians may be able to save money if they switch from COBRA health coverage to Covered California plans.
Get ready for an epic political battle this fall between trial lawyers and doctors. An initiative that would raise the cap on medical malpractice damages has qualified for California’s November ballot.
One-third of all patients admitted to California hospitals have diabetes, according to a new study.
There's an outbreak of whooping cough in Sacramento County and health experts are recommending that people get vaccinated.
The number of Californians getting health care through Medi-Cal is approaching one-third of the state population.
A bill that would require California hospitals to develop workplace violence prevention plans is up for legislative committee vote this week.
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.
The Sacramento City Council has approved the McKinley Village development for East Sacramento.
The California Senate Health Committee approved a bill Wednesday that would make undocumented immigrants eligible for Medi-Cal benefits.
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.
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.
Unauthorized immigrants in California would be eligible for Medi-Cal and the new health marketplace coverage under a bill before lawmakers this week.
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.
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 health advocates want tight state oversight of health plans to ensure Medi-Cal patients get timely care under the Affordable Care Act.
Covered California released final enrollment numbers today after a 6 month sign-up period.
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.
UPDATED -- (AP) -- A White House official says Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning from the Obama administration.
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 coming up with guidelines to make sure health insurance works for people – and they want your feedback.
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.
March was the busiest month yet for Covered California, the state’s health care exchange.
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.
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.
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.
Under the Affordable Care Act, insurers cannot deny coverage to anyone with pre-existing conditions. But health insurers can still deny specific medical services.
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 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 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.
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.
Local California governments, retirees and clean water advocates have teamed up to push a bill before state lawmakers this week.
Nevada is allowing an extra 60 days for people to sign up for coverage through the state’s health insurance exchange.
(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.
California health officials say almost half of the 32 Californians known to have contracted measles are in families that chose not to vaccinate.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
Health officials say 21 students at a Sacramento high school appear to have been exposed to tuberculosis.
The Davis City Council last night took the first step toward banning electronic cigarettes.
California lawmakers helped launch a new state advertising campaign aimed at getting parents to vocally interact more with their babies and toddlers.
Federal data show more people in California have picked a plan through a health insurance exchange than in any other state.
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.
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.
Sacramento area residents who plan to sign up for health insurance before the enrollment deadline can do so in-person this Saturday.
Povery-striken, densely packed neighborhoods in the Sacramento region were hit hardest by this year's flu, according to a newspaper analysis.
A study at a Sacramento-area hospital has revealed that basic dental hygiene among hospital patients can significantly reduce the incidence of pneumonia.
People who suffer from allergy in California may already be feeling symptoms this year. And the drought conditions may bring further aggravation.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
California's drought could lead to breathing problems for some people, according to health experts.
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.
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.
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.
California is reporting almost twice the number of flu-related deaths as last year.
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 to publish the prices of medical services online so that patients can make more informed health care choices.
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.
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 say California’s drought could increase the risk of illness and exacerbate existing problems people have getting safe drinking water.
(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.
Parents will have an easier time buying dental insurance for their children under changes made by the Covered California online health exchange.
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.
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.
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.
The County Department of Health and Human Services says the most recent victim was a 53-year-old man who died at home.
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.
California’s advocates for children’s health say the Governor’s budget could do more to ensure low-income kids have access to services.
Governor Jerry Brown's budget proposal includes health policy changes for the state’s Medi-Cal program.
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.
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.
(AP) -- Covered California announced that it has extended the deadline for payments until Jan. 15.
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.
The Affordable Care Act also expanded Medicaid eligibility to include Native Americans, and some Nevada tribes are already seeing changes.
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.
The Sacramento County Division of Public Health says a 61-year-old woman has died from the H1N1 flu virus.
Paid caregivers who work in private homes around California will be entitled to overtime pay starting in 2014.
(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.
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.
(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.
(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.
Patti Parker is a registered nurse who volunteered in Tacloban City , Philippines to help those hardest hit by Typhoon Haiyan.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
California’s health insurance marketplace says it’s continuing to see momentum of people signing up for coverage.
A Democratic US lawmaker says California Republicans are intentionally trying to confuse people with a website they set up about the Affordable Care Act.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
The City of Sacramento has announced a special day of community outreach for people to apply for insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
A top California health care official has apologized for not taking more aggressive action against fraud in the Medi-Cal drug rehabilitation program.
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 say a move towards performance-based reimbursement under the Affordable Care Act is forcing them to make some hard decisions.
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 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.
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 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’s new health insurance marketplace will start advertising through TV commercials this week.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
California health officials have released details about looming cuts in the Medi-Cal program. And there’s good news for some hospitals.
California lawmakers and mental health groups say they ‘welcome’ new findings of inadequate oversight of state mental health funds.
California lawmakers are scrutinizing the practice of sterilizing female inmates in the state’s prisons.
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.
The push to change California law to allow nurse practitioners more independence from doctors suffered a major setback today in an Assembly committee.
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’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 health officials have detected the first human case of West Nile Virus contracted in the county this year.
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.
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.
California kids who receive dental care through Medi-Cal may find it difficult to find a dentist.
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.
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.
The event comes seven months after President Obama’s call for action in the days following a deadly school shooting in Connecticut.
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.
More than two-thousand Californians are being trained this month to educate people about getting coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
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.
The California Public Interest Research Group says brand name drug makers are paying generic drug companies to keep cheaper products off the market.
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.
Local business, law enforcement and water resource representatives joined a campaign this week to promote the proper disposal of household medicines.
Mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus are turning up in great numbers in areas of Sacramento and Yolo Counties.
Crews are spraying for mosquitoes in Yolo County this week in an effort to stop the spread of West Nile Virus.
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.
The National Weather Service forecast calls for high temperatures to be well over 100 degrees through the weekend and into next week.
There was a sense of celebration as Governor Jerry Brown signed the California budget today, especially among health care advocates.
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.
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.
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’s health insurance marketplace created under the Affordable Care Act has announced the agencies that will enroll uninsured people in health coverage this year.
A top Sacramento county official says the new California budget will mean local health services will take a hit next year.
Two California bills to expand the state health program for the poor were passed by California lawmakers over the weekend.
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.
The California Department of Insurance says a major company should be left out of a new health insurance marketplace for small businesses.
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 Obama used a stop in San Jose today to highlight California’s efforts to implement the Affordable Care Act.
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.
The EPA and lawmakers say California needs to do more to provide communities with safe drinking water.
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.
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.
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.
A non-profit group wants trampoline parks in California to be safer, and it’s sponsored a bill to regulate them.
The California Assembly has rejected legislation that would regulate medical marijuana. But the bill’s author says he’ll try again later this year.
A new drug promises hope to tens of thousands of patients who are prone to heart failure.
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.
A bill that expands which medical professionals in California can perform abortions prompted heated debate today on the Assembly floor.
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.
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.
Details of California’s new health insurance exchange were announced today. About five million people are eligible to get covered through the exchange.
A new study suggests that where you live may influence the medical procedure you receive.
The California Assembly has approved a bill that would allow community colleges to offer extra courses at higher costs.
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.
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.
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.
California health officials propose to lower the limits of a heavy-metal often found in drinking water.
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