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Voters To Settle Dispute Over Ambulance Employee Break Times

August 15, 2018  |   News and Events   |     |   Comments Off on Voters To Settle Dispute Over Ambulance Employee Break Times

If private-ambulance workers take a break from work, even for 10 minutes, it can mean the difference between life and death. So, they routinely accept emergency calls during their meal and rest breaks — just as firefighters, policemen and other public emergency workers do. But labor laws guarantee most California workers uninterrupted breaks, and multiple lawsuits are challenging whether private ambulance companies have the right to interrupt their employees’ breaks. In November, voters will resolve the issue.

Short kids may have a higher stroke risk as adults

February 15, 2018  |   News and Events   |     |   Comments Off on Short kids may have a higher stroke risk as adults

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Children who are just a few inches shorter than their peers are more likely to suffer a stroke in adulthood, a large Danish study suggests. Adult women who ...

Senate Confirms Alex Azar as Trump’s New Health Secretary

January 25, 2018  |   News and Events   |     |   Comments Off on Senate Confirms Alex Azar as Trump’s New Health Secretary

By The Associated Press Jan. 24, 2018 WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's second health secretary won Senate approval Wednesday. Alex Azar will take over a sprawling department shaken by his predecessor's early exit. The GOP-majority Senate voted 55-43, largely along party lines, to confirm the former drug company and government executive to join the Trump Cabinet. A ...

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 ...