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New Independence for California Midwives

December 18, 2013

New Independence for California Midwives

By Lisa Renner

California licensed midwives will have increased independence and authority in attending births, potentially giving more pregnant women access to their services under a new law that goes into effect in January.

Assembly Bill 1308 removes an unworkable clause that required all licensed midwives to be supervised by a physician.

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CoveredCa enrollment pace quickens

December 12, 2013

California’s new health insurance exchange appears to be gaining momentum with consumers. Officials announced Thursday that 109,000 people had completed the application process and picked a private insurance plan through CoveredCa.com in October and November. About twice as many people completed the process in November as had in October, and the numbers for the first week of December were even higher.

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CoveredCa enrolls 31,000 in first month

November 13, 2013

California’s new online insurance marketplace signed up 31,000 customers in the first month it was open for business and another 18,000 in the first two weeks of November, officials said Wednesday.

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Bill Would Bring State Billions in Extra Federal Funds

September 15, 2013

Bill Would Bring State Billions in Extra Federal Funds

By Alex Matthews

The Legislature has sent a bill to Gov. Brown that would save hospitals from a major cut in reimbursements for treating disabled people under the Medi-Cal program. In exchange the hospitals have agreed implement a fee program that will bring the state $2.4 billion a year in federal healthcare funding.

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The Paramedic Will See You Now

August 28, 2013

The Paramedic Will See You Now

By Alex Matthews

A day in the life of a typical paramedic is nothing like that of a primary care provider. Paramedics perform in a high-stress environment that focuses exclusively on providing emergency medical services, while a primary care physician is more focused on a patient’s long term needs. That wall between primary care and emergency health care may soon be eroded. California’s Emergency Medical Services Authority and Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development are developing community paramedicine pilot programs, which would expand paramedic and EMS responsibilities in order to fill health care gaps in communities across California.

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Looking for Answers for Boys and Men of Color

August 14, 2013

Looking for Answers for Boys and Men of Color

By Alex Matthews
Boys and Men of Color face struggles that others don’t, but erasing the discrimination at the heart of the problem is not an easy task.

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State legislature tries to protect domestic victims from cyber abuse

July 30, 2013

State legislature tries to protect domestic victims from cyber abuse

By Lily Dayton

In cases of domestic violence, the use of technology as a means for batterers to track, control and harass their victims is becoming more common.

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Nine bills aim to provide clean drinking across the state

July 27, 2013

Nine bills aim to provide clean drinking across the state

By Lynn Graebner

Despite the fact that there is some money available for interim fixes and emergency drinking water, many residents of disadvantaged communities throughout California have gone for years, sometimes decades, paying for both contaminated tap water and bottled water for drinking and cooking.

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LAO projects $3 billion more than governor

May 17, 2013

The state’s legislative analyst says Gov. Jerry Brown’s revised budget proposal is too pessimistic — to the tune of $3.2 billion. That’s how much more revenue the analyst expects by the end of the next budget year than the governor is forecasting.

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