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Health Law Sign-Ups Seen as Falling Short Though More Enroll

December 07, 2017  |   News and Events   |     |   Comments Off on Health Law Sign-Ups Seen as Falling Short Though More Enroll

By THE Associated Press | Dec. 6, 2017, 3:27 P.M. E.S.T. WASHINGTON — Americans are signing up in growing numbers for the Affordable Care Act's subsidized health insurance, the government said Wednesday. But with enrollment season cut in half and just over a week to go, experts say the final tally will likely fall short. About 3.6 million people signed ...

Hands removed, findings changed: Pathologists say San Joaquin sheriff ‘does whatever he feels like doing’

December 06, 2017  |   News and Events   |     |   Comments Off on Hands removed, findings changed: Pathologists say San Joaquin sheriff ‘does whatever he feels like doing’

BY Benjy Egel, Anita Chabria, and Ellen Garrison begel@sacbee.com | DECEMBER 05, 2017 10:46 AM Hands chopped off bodies; corpses left to deteriorate; doctors pressured to classify officer-involved deaths as accidents rather than homicides: San Joaquin County’s two forensic pathologists resigned in recent days over what they said was intolerable interference by Sheriff-Coroner Steve Moore. Dr. Bennet Omalu Tuesday announced his resignation as San Joaquin County’s chief medical examiner. Last week, ...

Health nominee Azar is no stranger to management controversy

December 01, 2017  |   News and Events   |     |   Comments Off on Health nominee Azar is no stranger to management controversy

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Alex Azar, who’s in line to replace a Trump Cabinet secretary who was forced out in controversy, is no stranger to sticky management problems. In Washington, he’s been nominated to replace Tom Price, who resigned in September over questions about his use of private jets. Back in Indiana, Azar was an influential member of a public airport board, tasked with oversight of human resources ...

Trump Health secretary nominee, a former pharmaceutical executive, pledges to take on high drug prices

November 30, 2017  |   News and Events   |     |   Comments Off on Trump Health secretary nominee, a former pharmaceutical executive, pledges to take on high drug prices

By: Noam N. Levey | Contact Reporter Alex Azar, a former pharmaceutical executive tapped by President Trump to be Health and Human Services secretary, told senators Wednesday that making prescription drugs more affordable would be one of his top priorities. “Drug prices are too high,” Azar told the Senate health committee, pledging to look at ways to increase competition and stop drugmakers from gaming the system. ...

California doctors get more money but will they treat more poor people?

August 11, 2017  |   News and Events   |     |   Comments Off on California doctors get more money but will they treat more poor people?

Matt Levin, CALmatters | Published 10:33 a.m. PT Aug. 10, 2017 It seems like a simple solution. Raise what you pay doctors for treating low-income patients, and they’ll treat more of them. All those waits for appointments and physician shortages that have long plagued the state’s low-income health insurance program — a program that one out of every three Californians now relies on—could be remedied with a simple dose of ...

Covered California Expects 12.5% Average Rate Rise In 2018

August 02, 2017  |   News and Events   |     |   Comments Off on Covered California Expects 12.5% Average Rate Rise In 2018

By Emily Bazar and Anna Gorman | August 2, 2017 This updated story was originally published Aug. 1. Covered California health insurance premiums will jump by a statewide average of 12.5 percent next year, amid continuing uncertainty over the future of the Affordable Care Act, the state’s Obamacare exchange said Tuesday. Some plans may also see an additional increase, averaging 12.4 percent, if President Donald Trump stops funding critical subsidies that help reduce some consumers’ out-of-pocket expenses ...

California to Release 2018 Insurance Rates Amid Uncertainty

August 01, 2017  |   News and Events   |     |   Comments Off on California to Release 2018 Insurance Rates Amid Uncertainty

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | AUG. 1, 2017, 3:57 A.M. E.D.T SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California officials plan to release next year's monthly premiums Tuesday for people who buy individual insurance plans under former President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. The announcement comes at a time of extreme uncertainty about the future of ...

When High Deductibles Hurt: Even Insured Patients Postpone Care

July 27, 2017  |   News and Events   |     |   Comments Off on When High Deductibles Hurt: Even Insured Patients Postpone Care

In November 2015, Tina Heck was in her garage lifting 40-pound bags of wood pellets to fuel her heating stove, when something went very wrong with her back. “The next day, I could barely walk,” said the 55-year-old who lives on an acre of land in Nevada City, Calif., 60 miles northeast of Sacramento. The cause: a bulging disc in her lower spine, which shoots pain down her leg and makes her back stiff. The injury wasn’t ...

California Sued For Allegedly Substandard Medi-Cal Care

July 13, 2017  |   News and Events   |     |   Comments Off on California Sued For Allegedly Substandard Medi-Cal Care

By Ana B. Ibarra Civil rights advocates sued California on Wednesday, alleging that care provided by Medi-Cal, the state’s health program for low-income people, is substandard and disproportionately hurts Latinos — by far the largest group of enrollees. The lawsuit, filed in Alameda County Superior Court by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) and the Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center, says Medi-Cal participants have “substantially worse access to health care than their ...

Medi-Cal Patients Flocking to ERs More Than Before ACA

June 15, 2017  |   News and Events   |     |   Comments Off on Medi-Cal Patients Flocking to ERs More Than Before ACA

By Kellen Browning JUNE 14, 2017 Medi-Cal patients are swamping California emergency rooms in greater numbers than they did before the Affordable Care Act took effect, despite predictions that the health law would ease the burden on ERs. Emergency room visits by people on Medi-Cal rose 75 percent over five years, from 800,000 in the first quarter of 2012 to 1.4 million in the last quarter of 2016, according to data recently released by the ...