health care http://kvpr.org en 11,000 Stuck In Fresno County's Medi-Cal Backlog http://kvpr.org/post/11000-stuck-fresno-countys-medi-cal-backlog <p>California’s poor continue to face month long waits in getting state health coverage. FM 89’s Diana Aguilera reports how a young couple in Fresno County is dealing with the backlog.</p><p>Paola Martinez and her husband Irving Toscano thought they had done everything right to get health care coverage.</p><p>They made sure they met the Medi-Cal eligibility requirements, they filled out the paperwork and signed up through the Covered California website at the end of March.</p><p>But ever since then, they’ve been waiting.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:35:16 +0000 Diana Aguilera 35551 at http://kvpr.org 11,000 Stuck In Fresno County's Medi-Cal Backlog Contentious Health Bills Await California Lawmakers Upon Return http://kvpr.org/post/contentious-health-bills-await-california-lawmakers-upon-return <div><p>California lawmakers have left Sacramento for the month of July. As Health Care Reporter Pauline Bartolone in Sacramento tells us, when they return, they’ll consider health care measures supported by consumer advocates and opposed by insurance companies.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:01:08 +0000 Pauline Bartolone - Capital Public Radio 36245 at http://kvpr.org Contentious Health Bills Await California Lawmakers Upon Return Families Concerned By Possible IHSS Changes http://kvpr.org/post/families-concerned-possible-ihss-changes <p>California’s In-Home Supportive Services program allows the disabled to remain in their homes by paying for their caregivers. As Katie Orr reports from Sacramento, a proposal to modify the program is creating tension in the state budget process.</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 19:10:28 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 34042 at http://kvpr.org Families Concerned By Possible IHSS Changes Commentary: It's Not Just Physicians Who Are Influenced By Gift Giving http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-its-not-just-physicians-who-are-influenced-gift-giving <p>The same human characteristics that build community can also work against its well-being. As humans, we give back to those who are kind to us and we feel indebted to those who show us kindness. &nbsp;In this edition of FM89’s&nbsp;commentary series <em>The Moral Is</em>, philosophy professor Christopher Meyers of CSU Bakersfield argues that our disposition for reciprocity can work against the common good.&nbsp;</p><p>----</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 17:29:02 +0000 Christopher Meyers 33962 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: It's Not Just Physicians Who Are Influenced By Gift Giving Three Year California Medical School Pilot Program Set to Begin http://kvpr.org/post/three-year-california-medical-school-pilot-program-set-begin <p>Students in a pilot accelerated medical school program at UC Davis will begin classes this summer. A bill in the California legislature would allow them to obtain licenses in less than four years.&nbsp;Capital Public Radio’s Max Pringle reports.</p><p>The program was set up to address a growing problem in California.</p><p><em><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Bonilla</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">: “We have far more patients than we have doctors.”</span></em></p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 19:23:48 +0000 Max Pringle - Capital Public Radio 33911 at http://kvpr.org Three Year California Medical School Pilot Program Set to Begin Commentary: What Is Death? http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-what-death <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Should parents have to option to determine the definition of death for their children? </span>Jahi<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>McMath’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> case has motivated that question, along with a host of associated ethical concerns. Tue, 03 Jun 2014 04:07:20 +0000 Christopher Meyers 33629 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: What Is Death? Pharmacy Bill Moves Forward In Legislature http://kvpr.org/post/pharmacy-bill-moves-forward-legislature <p>A new bill that would allow Californians to opt-out of mail order pharmaceutical programs advanced Friday in the Assembly Appropriations Committee. AB 2418 would also allow patients and pharmacists to synchronize the pickup of multiple medications.&nbsp;</p><p>The bill is a response to cost-savings efforts by many health insurance providers that have limited options for how patients receive their&nbsp;prescription drugs.</p><p>Jon Roth is the CEO of the California Pharmacists Association:</p> Sat, 24 May 2014 01:30:02 +0000 Joe Moore 33189 at http://kvpr.org Pharmacy Bill Moves Forward In Legislature Californians Get More Time To Switch From COBRA To Covered California http://kvpr.org/post/californians-get-more-time-switch-cobra-covered-california <p>California’s health insurance exchange has announced a special enrollment period starting Thursday for people who want to opt-out of their COBRA health insurance.</p><p>Covered California says about 300,000 people in the state may be paying the full price of what used to be employer-based health coverage.</p><p>Executive Director Peter Lee says they have until July 15<sup>th</sup> if they want to find another option.</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 18:27:42 +0000 Pauline Bartolone - Capital Public Radio 32782 at http://kvpr.org Californians Get More Time To Switch From COBRA To Covered California New Budget Projects Almost A Third Of Californians Will Have Medi-Cal http://kvpr.org/post/new-budget-projects-almost-third-californians-will-have-medi-cal <div><p>California Governor Jerry Brown’s new budget estimates that almost a third of the population of California will be enrolled in Medi-Cal during next fiscal year. Pauline Bartolone has more from Sacramento.</p></div><p>About 11.5 million Californians will get health care through Medi-Cal. That’s higher than what the Governor or state health planners anticipated. So the revised budget adds more than a billion dollars to account for the surge.</p><p>Anthony Wright of Health Access says he’s pleased the state expanded Medi-Cal under the Affordable Care Act.</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 21:45:12 +0000 Pauline Bartolone - Capital Public Radio 32739 at http://kvpr.org New Budget Projects Almost A Third Of Californians Will Have Medi-Cal Amid Budget Woes, County Looks To New Future For Kern Medical Center http://kvpr.org/post/amid-budget-woes-county-looks-new-future-kern-medical-center <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Kern County Board of Supervisors met Monday to discuss the future of the county’s financially troubled Kern Medical Center. The Board met with hospital CEO Russell Judd and an outside consultant to outline new governance guidelines for </span>KMC<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> which is losing around $3 million a month.</span></p><p>Supervisor Mike Maggard says the hospital is at a critical juncture.</p> Tue, 13 May 2014 03:21:58 +0000 Joe Moore 32561 at http://kvpr.org Amid Budget Woes, County Looks To New Future For Kern Medical Center Bill To Extend Medi-Cal To Undocumented Immigrants Moves Forward http://kvpr.org/post/bill-extend-medi-cal-undocumented-immigrants-moves-forward <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>The California Senate Health Committee approved a bill today that would make undocumented immigrants eligible for &nbsp;Medi-Cal benefits. Capital Public Radio’s Max Pringle reports.</p><p>Backers of the bill say it would prevent millions of people from having to forego needed medical care because they can’t afford it. Democratic State Senator Ricardo Lara says his bill would give immigrants access to a system they help pay for.</p> Thu, 01 May 2014 00:51:56 +0000 Max Pringle - Capital Public Radio 32019 at http://kvpr.org Bill To Extend Medi-Cal To Undocumented Immigrants Moves Forward Health Advocates Concerned Court Decision On Undocumented Could Hurt Public Health http://kvpr.org/post/health-advocates-concerned-court-decision-undocumented-could-hurt-public-health <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last week’s court decision on medical care for undocumented individuals has both health advocates and legal experts across the state buzzing. And as FM89’s Diana Aguilera reports, the issue could have an impact beyond those in the program.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">----</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The ruling by Fresno County Superior Court Judge Donald Black lifted part of a 30-year-old court order involving specialty medical care for the indigent.</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 01:16:25 +0000 Diana Aguilera 31963 at http://kvpr.org Health Advocates Concerned Court Decision On Undocumented Could Hurt Public Health California Lawmakers to Consider Bill About Health Care For Undocumented Immigrants http://kvpr.org/post/california-lawmakers-consider-bill-about-health-care-undocumented-immigrants <p class="p1">California lawmakers will hear a bill this week that would give unauthorized immigrants the ability to buy health insurance and enroll in Medi-Cal. Health Care Reporter Pauline Bartolone has more from Sacramento.</p><p class="p4">The Affordable Care Act specifically excludes undocumented immigrants from new health coverage options. In California, undocumented immigrants can receive emergency health services and some counties offer other care to people regardless of status.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 31806 at http://kvpr.org California Lawmakers to Consider Bill About Health Care For Undocumented Immigrants Judge Rules Fresno County Isn't Required To Provide Health Care To Undocumented http://kvpr.org/post/judge-rules-fresno-county-isnt-required-provide-health-care-undocumented <p>Community health advocates expressed their dismay today after a judge ruled that Fresno County is no longer required to provide health care to undocumented residents.</p><p>Superior Court Judge Donald Black overturned a portion of a 30-year-old court order this week, saying the county had proven a change in law no longer requires it to pay for specialty medical services for undocumented individuals.</p> Sat, 26 Apr 2014 01:17:25 +0000 Diana Aguilera 31782 at http://kvpr.org Judge Rules Fresno County Isn't Required To Provide Health Care To Undocumented Advocates Urge 'Vigilance' to Ensure Care for New Medi-Cal Patients http://kvpr.org/post/advocates-urge-vigilance-ensure-care-new-medi-cal-patients <p class="p1">California’s Medi-cal program has seen a huge surge in enrollment under the Affordable Care Act. Health Care Reporter Pauline Bartolone has more from Sacramento about what those patients can expect when they try to see a doctor.&nbsp;</p><p class="p3">California officials say they’re pleased to see 1.9 million have signed up under the Medi-Cal expansion. &nbsp;</p><p class="p3"><em>Toby Douglas: “1.9 million is far more than we ever projected, and there are even more that we’re working to get on as quickly as possible.”</em></p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:05:11 +0000 Pauline Bartolone - Capital Public Radio 31557 at http://kvpr.org Advocates Urge 'Vigilance' to Ensure Care for New Medi-Cal Patients 'Bumpy' California Enrollment Period Ends With Over 3 Million Health Care Sign-Ups http://kvpr.org/post/bumpy-california-enrollment-period-ends-over-3-million-health-care-sign-ups <div><p>California health officials say the open enrollment period for insurance has been ‘bumpy’ but it has ended with more than 3 million people signed up for coverage. Health Care Reporter Pauline Bartolone has more from Sacramento.</p></div><p>About 1.9 million Californians have new Medi-Cal coverage, and just under 1.5 have signed up for private insurance.</p><p>Among the people with private plans, about half had insurance agents or enrollment counselors sign them up. Peter Lee of Covered California says that’s something to keep in mind for the next enrollment period.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:43:11 +0000 Pauline Bartolone - Capital Public Radio 31367 at http://kvpr.org 'Bumpy' California Enrollment Period Ends With Over 3 Million Health Care Sign-Ups California Lawmakers Consider Medical Interpreters Program For Second Time http://kvpr.org/post/california-lawmakers-consider-medical-interpreters-program-second-time <div><p>For the second time in a year, California lawmakers will consider a bill that would create a medical interpreters program. As Capital Public Radio’s Health Care Reporter Pauline Bartolone reports, the bill’s backers say circumstances are different this time. &nbsp; &nbsp;</p></div><p>This year’s bill is essentially the same as last year’s. The state would pay interpreters to help Medi-Cal patients who have limited English skills to understand their health care.</p><p>Will Shuck with the California Assembly Speaker’s office says what’s different this year is the timing.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 21:43:08 +0000 Pauline Bartolone - Capital Public Radio 30908 at http://kvpr.org California Lawmakers Consider Medical Interpreters Program For Second Time Deadline Sparks Surge in Covered California Applications http://kvpr.org/post/deadline-sparks-surge-covered-california-applications <p>California’s health insurance exchange says it’s received a surge of last-minute enrollments ahead of Monday’s midnight application deadline.&nbsp; Enrollment events popped up across the state as the Covered California call center reported waits of more than an hour in the final days.&nbsp; Ben Adler reports from one such event in Sacramento.</p><p>A room full of people waited up to 45 minutes at a Sacramento union hall to sign up for the Covered California health care exchange on the final day of open enrollment.&nbsp; Union organizers called it a 17-hour “enroll-a-thon.”</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:43:18 +0000 Ben Adler - Capital Public Radio 30563 at http://kvpr.org Deadline Sparks Surge in Covered California Applications Faith Groups Help With Final Health Insurance Sign-Up Efforts http://kvpr.org/post/faith-groups-help-final-health-insurance-sign-efforts <div><p>Faith groups are stepping up to help enroll people in health insurance in the final days of open enrollment this week. Health Care Reporter Pauline Bartolone has more from Sacramento.</p></div><p>Covered California says religious organizations have been good partners all along, but now they’re making a concerted push.</p><p><em>Dana Howard: “From the mega churches to the mega temples, we have really good response going on… in the Southern California area especially.”</em></p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 02:45:53 +0000 Pauline Bartolone - Capital Public Radio 30364 at http://kvpr.org Faith Groups Help With Final Health Insurance Sign-Up Efforts Central Valley Counties Score Poorly In New Health Ranking http://kvpr.org/post/central-valley-counties-score-poorly-new-health-ranking <p>A <a href="http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/app/california/2013/rankings/outcomes/overall">new ranking of health outcomes</a> in California counties has grim news for San Joaquin Valley residents. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 02:00:16 +0000 Joe Moore 30361 at http://kvpr.org Central Valley Counties Score Poorly In New Health Ranking