Tending To Patients As Her New Home Burns

ICU nurse Julayne Smithson had only a few minutes to grab some things from her recently purchased home a block from the Santa Rosa hospital. Then she rushed back to help evacuate patients and has scarcely stopped working since.

Governor Inks Support for Some Key Health Bills, Nixes Others

Gov. Jerry Brown signed many critical health care bills sent to him by the state legislature, cementing California’s role as a health care champion.

The Storm Has Passed, But Puerto Rico's Health Faces Prolonged Recovery

From infections linked to the storm to trying to treat people with chronic diseases in damaged clinics, health officials on this American territory struggle to stay ahead of the needs.

Stunner On Birth Control: Trump's Moral Exemption Is Geared To Just 2 Groups

Trump administration’s rule unveiled last week to allow some employers with “sincerely held moral convictions” to bypass a health law requirement to provide no-cost contraceptives to women would exempt at least two anti-abortion groups: the March for Life and Real Alternatives.

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Impact Of Trump Subsidy Decision Blunted In California — For Now

The president’s move to end payments that reduce out-of-pocket costs for low-income consumers had already been anticipated in California and some other states — and could hit a legal snag.

Fires Prey On Frail Residents Living On Their Own

The ferocious fires in Northern California underscore the vulnerability of seniors and disabled people whose mobility is limited. Experts recommend basic precautions.   

Podcast: 'What The Health?' Let’s Blow It Up

In this episode of “What the Health?” Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times, Sarah Kliff of Vox and Julie Appleby of Kaiser Health News discuss the Trump administration’s latest efforts to undermine the individual insurance market.

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How Many Californians Depend On Cost-Sharing Subsidies?

About 670,000 Californians insured through Covered California are enrolled in CSR plans, which get federal payments to reduce consumers’ out-of-pocket costs. Click the map to get an interactive view of the geographic distribution by county. Late Thursday, President Donald Trump moved to end the subsidies, calling them illegal bailouts for insurance companies.

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