Affordable Care Act http://kvpr.org en 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 Medi-Cal Expansion In Fresno County Is Steady, But Stressful http://kvpr.org/post/medi-cal-expansion-fresno-county-steady-stressful <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In a cramped cubicle in the Sunnyside neighborhood of Fresno County, </span>Neng<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Yang is playing a small role in the country’s healthcare overhaul. On this afternoon, she’s helping a Hmong woman enroll in </span>Medi-Cal<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>“She prefers English, so her kids can read to her, because she doesn’t read and write in Hmong, and sometimes the translation gets lost when it’s sent to her in Hmong,” says Yang, a certified enrollment counselor at Fresno Center for New Americans.</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 17:51:07 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 28645 at http://kvpr.org Medi-Cal Expansion In Fresno County Is Steady, But Stressful On Valley Edition: BBQ & Air Quality; Darrel Steinberg: Politics With Bill McEwen; Les Miserables http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-bbq-air-quality-darrel-steinberg-politics-bill-mcewen-les-miserables <p>This week on Valley Edition we talk about air quality, drought in California, a Fresno production of Les Miserables and more.</p><p>Starting the program, Valley Public Radio Reporter Ezra David Romero takes a look at barbecue restaurants – one of the biggest food trends in the region – and how the Valley Air District hopes to work with them while developing future <a href="http://kvpr.org/post/valley-air-cleanup-targets-restaurant-charbroilers">regulations</a>.</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 20:14:46 +0000 Joe Moore & Ezra David Romero 27147 at http://kvpr.org On Valley Edition: BBQ & Air Quality; Darrel Steinberg: Politics With Bill McEwen; Les Miserables Fresno County Plan to End Care For Undocumented Meets Resistance http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-county-plan-end-care-undocumented-meets-resistance <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In Fresno County, implementation of the federal healthcare law has had some unintended consequences.</span></p></div><p>For one, the law expanded the insurance program for the poor, known here as Medi-Cal. That’s a huge benefit to uninsured people who could not previously afford health coverage. But it’s turned out to be a problem for the county. It’s now receiving less state funding for its medical safety-net program, based on the assumption that less people will need it. The county contracts out this care to Community Regional Medical Center.</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 18:28:17 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 27137 at http://kvpr.org Fresno County Plan to End Care For Undocumented Meets Resistance Peter Lee: Covered California Answers Questions And 'Prayers' http://kvpr.org/post/peter-lee-covered-california-answers-questions-and-prayers <p>Operators have responded to about 400,000 calls since Covered California, the state’s health insurance exchange, launched Oct. 1. Starting this week, employees at the new Fresno Service Center will also answer questions, and help people enroll in health insurance.</p><p>“Fresno is a community that reflects the diversity of California, and that’s who we need to have on our phones, serving Californians,” said Peter Lee, the executive director of Covered California.</p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 01:24:08 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 24814 at http://kvpr.org Peter Lee: Covered California Answers Questions And 'Prayers' In California, Some Deferred Action Youth Qualify for Health Care http://kvpr.org/post/california-some-deferred-action-youth-qualify-health-care <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last summer, President Obama announced a new policy, called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. It allows certain immigrant youth to remain in the country and obtain a work permit, without fear of deportation.</span></p><p>&ldquo;This is a temporary stop-gap measure that lets us focus our resources wisely, while giving a degree of relief and hope to talented, driven and patriotic young people,&rdquo; Obama said, when he announced the program in June 2012.</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 19:03:01 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 22381 at http://kvpr.org In California, Some Deferred Action Youth Qualify for Health Care On Valley Edition: Calif. & Valley Politics; Oct. 1 & the Affordable Care Act; Spanspek Festival http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-calif-valley-politics-oct-1-affordable-care-act-spanspek-festival <p style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:.2in;margin-left:0in; line-height:15.75pt"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Georgia, serif;">This week on<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><a href="http://kvpr.org/programs/valley-edition">Valley Edition&nbsp;</a>we take a look at issues that have an impact both in Central California and the rest of the state. Tue, 01 Oct 2013 18:28:04 +0000 Joe Moore, Rebecca Plevin & Ezra David Romero 22393 at http://kvpr.org On Valley Edition: Calif. & Valley Politics; Oct. 1 & the Affordable Care Act; Spanspek Festival For Madera Hospital, Obamacare Presents Questions And Uncertainty http://kvpr.org/post/madera-hospital-obamacare-presents-questions-and-uncertainty <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If Madera Community Hospital is a safety net for county residents, then medical professionals like Stephanie </span>Rolfo<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> are a crucial link. On a September morning, </span>Rolfo<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> greets a patient who’s coming to the hospitals’ on-site clinic for a physical.</span></p></div><p>The hospital has 106 beds, and is the only adult acute care facility in the county. It also operates three rural health clinics, like the one where Rolfo, who’s a nurse practitioner, works.</p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 18:00:00 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 21340 at http://kvpr.org For Madera Hospital, Obamacare Presents Questions And Uncertainty Growers Find Innovative Ways To Provide Health Care To Employees http://kvpr.org/post/growers-find-innovative-ways-provide-health-care-employees <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The almond harvest is well underway in Madera County.</span></p><p>Along a tree-lined, rural road, about a dozen Agriland employees are loading almonds into a huge elevator. The nuts will then be loaded into a truck. They will appear on the shelves as Blue Diamond-brand almonds, among others.</p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 17:18:27 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 20986 at http://kvpr.org Growers Find Innovative Ways To Provide Health Care To Employees On Valley Edition: Madera & the Affordable Care Act; Fresno County Probation; Good Company Players http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-madera-affordable-care-act-fresno-county-probation-good-company-players <p>This week on <a href="http://kvpr.org/programs/valley-edition">Valley Edition</a> FM89 reporter <a href="http://kvpr.org/people/rebecca-plevin">Rebecca Plevin</a>&nbsp;examines how Madera County's only federally qualified health center is gearing up for Obamacare. Also on the program host <a href="http://kvpr.org/people/joe-moore">Joe Moore</a> speaks with Rick Chavez, the <a href="http://www.co.fresno.ca.us/Departments.aspx?id=178">Fresno County Chief Probation</a> Officer to replace Linda Penner come August.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 18:23:50 +0000 Joe Moore, Rebecca Plevin & Ezra David Romero 18034 at http://kvpr.org On Valley Edition: Madera & the Affordable Care Act; Fresno County Probation; Good Company Players Madera Health Center Prepares for Obamacare http://kvpr.org/post/madera-health-center-prepares-obamacare <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In less than three months, thousands of California residents will begin enrolling in expanded health coverage as part of the Affordable Care Act. The law is complex and touches almost every part of the health care system. But what does it mean for residents of the San Joaquin Valley? Over the coming months, we’ll explore that question by visiting with patients, doctors, businesses and clinics in the community of Madera. It’s a city that’s home to more than 62,000 people, more than quarter of whom live below the poverty level.</span></p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 16:21:15 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 17992 at http://kvpr.org Madera Health Center Prepares for Obamacare Are Teaching Health Centers the Cure to the Valley's Doctor Shortage? http://kvpr.org/post/are-teaching-health-centers-cure-valleys-doctor-shortage <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new type of residency program may provide some relief to the Central Valley’s physician shortage, and change the way we grow and retain primary care doctors in the Valley.</span></p><p>The model is called a “teaching health center,” and it’s funded by the Affordable Care Act.</p><p>The idea behind this new approach to graduate medical education is to train medical residents in community health centers, and encourage them to pursue careers in primary care in underserved areas, like the Valley.</p> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 15:25:14 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 11083 at http://kvpr.org Are Teaching Health Centers the Cure to the Valley's Doctor Shortage? Bill Would Extend Medi-Cal to a Million More Californians http://kvpr.org/post/bill-would-extend-medi-cal-million-more-californians <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">California lawmakers will consider new legislation designed to keep the state in sync with the federal health law. As Pauline Bartolone reports from Sacramento, the legislation is part of a special session on health care that began Monday.</span></p><p>Lawmakers in both houses propose bills that would add more than a million people to the state’s Medicaid program.</p> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 19:08:53 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 10081 at http://kvpr.org Bill Would Extend Medi-Cal to a Million More Californians Feds Give California Health Insurance Exchange $674 Million http://kvpr.org/post/feds-give-california-health-insurance-exchange-674-million <p></p><p>The federal government has awarded California $674 million to develop an online health insurance marketplace as part of the Affordable Care Act.</p><p>The two-year grant for the exchange known as Covered California is less than the $706 million requested. But Executive Director Peter Lee says he believes the grant will give the state all the resources it needs.</p> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 23:57:33 +0000 Amy Quinton 9555 at http://kvpr.org Valley Counties Move Slowly Toward Health Reform http://kvpr.org/post/valley-counties-move-slowly-toward-health-reform <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In less than one year, the federal health care law will take effect. When that happens, an estimated 1.4 million low-income, uninsured adults in California will become eligible for Medicaid. That’s a huge number of people who will suddenly be eligible for health benefits and better access to health care.</span></p> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 17:07:34 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 9396 at http://kvpr.org Valley Counties Move Slowly Toward Health Reform