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Diana Aguilera / Valley Public Radio

Juana Paredes is a farmworker who lives in Fresno. A couple days ago, she took her daughter and niece with her to the Mosqueda Community Center and joined others in a rally to stop Fresno County from dismantling a program that offers health care to undocumented residents. Sitting in the front row, Paredes says she showed up because she has a clear message to Fresno County— continue health care services for the undocumented. "The people that are thinking of...

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. Paola Martinez and her husband Irving Toscano thought they had done everything right to get health care coverage. 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. But ever since then, they’ve been...

Contentious Health Bills Await California Lawmakers Upon Return

Jul 7, 2014
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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. One bill would require insurance companies to track out-of-pocket expenses, and reimburse patients if they go over the limit. Another proposal would make specialty drug payments more affordable for chronic disease patients. A third measure...

Families Concerned By Possible IHSS Changes

Jun 11, 2014
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

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. James and Judy Lee are caregivers to this son Justin, who was born with cerebral palsy and a seizure disorder. Because of the severity of his condition, his mom Judy became certified as an In-Home Supportive Services worker. This allows her to be paid...

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. In this edition of FM89’s commentary series The Moral Is , philosophy professor Christopher Meyers of CSU Bakersfield argues that our disposition for reciprocity can work against the common good. ---- I gave a talk a few years back to a room full of physicians, during which I urged them to...

Three Year California Medical School Pilot Program Set to Begin

Jun 9, 2014
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

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. Capital Public Radio’s Max Pringle reports. The program was set up to address a growing problem in California. Bonilla : “We have far more patients than we have doctors.” That’s Democratic Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla. She says her bill would...

Commentary: What Is Death?

Jun 2, 2014

Should parents have to option to determine the definition of death for their children? Jahi McMath’s case has motivated that question, along with a host of associated ethical concerns. In this edition of Valley Public Radio’s The Moral Is , Christopher Meyers, Professor of Philosophy at CSU Bakersfield and a clinical ethicist, concludes that there are medical, scientific and moral reasons why determinations of death must be left to health care experts. ----...

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

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. The bill is a response to cost-savings efforts by many health insurance providers that have limited options for how patients receive their prescription drugs. Jon Roth is the CEO of the California Pharmacists Association: "Health plans and pharmacy...

Californians Get More Time To Switch From COBRA To Covered California

May 16, 2014

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. 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. Executive Director Peter Lee says they have until July 15 th if they want to find another option. Lee: “For people that have COBRA and it is not terminating, but it is the end of the COBRA...

New Budget Projects Almost A Third Of Californians Will Have Medi-Cal

May 14, 2014
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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. 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. Anthony Wright of Health Access says he’s pleased the state...

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