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January 1 st will mark the first anniversary of the expansion of coverage under the Affordable Care Act. At the heart of the landmark health law is the idea that by reducing the number of uninsured, Americans will get healthier thanks to regular checkups. Planners have hoped that would result in fewer chronic conditions that drive up health care costs for everyone. It may be a simple idea, but implementing the incredibly complex law was anything but easy, and so far it’s been filled with...

Health In An Age Of Change: State Health Czar Diana Dooley Reflects On The ACA's Impact

Dec 8, 2014
CHHS Dept

Diana Dooley , secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency, oversees 13 departments and supervises the state’s rollout of the federal Affordable Care Act, including Covered California, the state’s insurance marketplace, and the Medi-Cal program for the poor. Gov . Jerry Brown appointed her in late 2010. A native of Hanford , she earlier served as president and CEO of the California Children’s Hospital Assn . She worked for Brown...

Health Reform In California: A State Of Accelerating Change

Dec 8, 2014
Lauren M. Whaley / CHCF Center for Health Reporting

Gail Fulbeck, 64, relies on her body for work. She hauls soda, energy drinks, snacks and water to the 23 vending machines she owns around downtown Sacramento. The physical demands of her job, coupled with her husband’s history of migraines and bad knees, make health insurance essential. Last year, Fulbeck and her husband paid a monthly insurance premium of $2,555. Starting Jan. 1 of this year, the couple’s premium for a nearly identical plan totaled $165. It was, she said, almost unbelievable...

Covered California Attempting To Calm Immigrants' Fears

Dec 3, 2014

Covered California is trying to reassure immigrant communities their information will not be turned over to immigration authorities if they sign up for health insurance. Only documented immigrants are eligible for California’s health insurance exchange. But Executive Director Peter Lee says the fear of deportation still prevents some from using the service. Lee: “There are millions of Californians who are in what are called mixed-status families. You might...

Fresno County

It's still illegal to grow marijuana in Fresno County. The Board of Supervisors entertained the possibility of lifting the outright ban on cultivation during their meeting today but instead decided to retain the county's zero tolerance policy. The Board also voted today to fund a new 16 bed psychiatric ward for children. Since 2006 when the county closed its crisis center, teens needing acute inpatient care have been sent out of the county. The new 5 year, $22 million agreement with a private...

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Immigrant advocates say more undocumented Californians could receive health care as a result of President Barack Obama’s recent executive action. Katie Orr reports from Sacramento. California already allows some undocumented immigrants to enroll in Medi-Cal if they’ve qualified for deportation relief. Anthony Wright is Executive Director of the consumer advocacy group Health Access California. He says the president's executive action will expand the pool of Medi-Cal eligible immigrants.

Covered California Gears Up For Open Enrollment

Nov 13, 2014

Covered California is trying to raise awareness about the start of open enrollment this Saturday, November 15th. As Health Care Reporter Pauline Bartolone tells us from Sacramento, the experience this year may be different for people buying their own insurance. Covered California says its website this year will be able to accommodate more people who might be logging in at the same time. And Director Peter Lee says it will have 200 storefront locations and expanded service center hours.

Diana Aguilera / Valley Public Radio

Earlier this year eight Kern County families were forced out of their homes because of a gas leak. Now, seven months later families are still asking questions about their health and when they can return to their neighborhood. When Yesenia Lara bought her home three years ago she never imagined living there would eventually bring so much anger and sadness to her family. "This is my house, esta es mi casa. Excuse the mess but I hardly come here." Lara rarely goes to her own house in Arvin,...

Proposition 46 Has Physicians and Attorneys At Odds

Oct 10, 2014
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

As the November election approaches, one state proposition has drawn the most money from top contributors. Proposition 46 would raise the cap on pain and suffering damages in medical malpractice cases. But as Health Care Reporter Pauline Bartolone tells us from Sacramento, the measure could change the way doctors practice. Proposition 46 is actually three measures in one. It would require drug testing of doctors. It would require physicians to check a database before prescribing patients...

California Hospitals Preparing For Potential Ebola

Oct 9, 2014
US Centers For Disease Control

There have not been any diagnosed cases of Ebola in California. But hospitals are preparing, just in case. Katie Orr reports from Sacramento. Emergency rooms in California are now asking for travel histories from patients. The change follows the case of a man in Dallas who contracted the Ebola virus in Africa and then flew to the United States. Jan Emerson-Shea is with the California Hospital Association. She says hospitals are constantly preparing for potential diseases outbreaks and the...

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