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Latest California Healthline Stories

Grassroots Campaigns Hope To Increase Latino Enrollment in Exchange

Lizelda Lopez from Covered California, Tracy Ream from Neighborhood Healthcare in Escondido, Gregory Talavera from San Diego State University’s Graduate School of Public Health and California Sen. Norma Torres spoke with California Healthline about the reasons for low exchange enrollment and possible ways to increase Latino participation.

California Works To Help Small Businesses Navigate State Exchange

Rep. Ami Bera from Sacramento County, David Chase of the Small Business Majority, San Francisco business owner Virginia Donohue and Anne Gonzales of Covered California spoke with California Healthline about the growth and benefits for small businesses to enroll in the state’s health benefit exchange.

New Law Aimed at Many Parents Opting Out of State’s Vaccination Program

Mark Dressner of the California Academy of Family Physicians, Barbara Loe Fisher of the National Vaccine Information Center and Assembly member Richard Pan spoke with California Healthline about the growing number of parents who are choosing to keep their children out of the state’s vaccination program and the new law in California that requires a provider consultation to opt out.

New Law, Funding Aim To Reinvigorate State’s Rx Drug Monitoring Program

Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, Tom Lenox of the federal Drug Enforcement Agency, Jonathan Lucas of the San Diego County medical examiner’s office and Richard Thorp of the California Medical Association spoke with California Healthline about the growing concern among state and federal officials over prescription drug misuse, and the new law in California to fight it.

California Weighs Policy Changes To Address Provider Shortage

Bill Barcellona of the California Association of Physician Groups, Dawn Benton of the California Society of Health System Pharmacists, Sen. Ed Hernandez and Paul Phinney of the California Medical Association spoke with California Healthline about legislative efforts to address the state’s primary care physician shortage.

Invasive Mosquito Risks Spread of Dengue and Yellow Fever Diseases in Calif.

Kim Keyser of the San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District, Scott Morrow of the San Mateo County Public Health Department, Steve Mulligan of the Fresno County Consolidated Mosquito Abatement District and Russell Parman of the Santa Clara County Vector Control District spoke with California Healthline about the growing threat of several deadly tropical diseases in California, including dengue fever and yellow fever, because of the introduction of an invasive mosquito to the state.

Providers Brace for Medi-Cal Rate Cut, Hold Concerns About Access to Care

Dustin Corcoran of the California Medical Association, Jan Emerson Shea of the California Hospital Association, San Diego otolaryngologist Ted Mazer and Norman Williams of the California Department of Health Care Services spoke with California Healthline about the implications and implementation of the 10% Medi-Cal provider reimbursement rate cut.

Licensing Home Health Care Workers May Not Be as Simple as It First Appears

Ken Erman of RX Staffing and Home Care in Sacramento, Jennifer Gabales of the California Association for Health Services at Home, Pat McGinnis of California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform and Gary Passmore of the California Congress of Seniors spoke with California Healthline about the legislative effort to regulate home health workers in California.

State’s Proposed Scope-of-Practice Changes Designed To Expand Access to Abortions

Assembly member Toni Atkins, Camille Giglio of the California Right To Life Committee, Sierra Harris of ACCESS Women’s Health Justice and Tracy Weitz of UC-San Francisco spoke with California Healthline about a bill that would allow some non-physician health professionals to perform a specific type of first-trimester, non-surgical abortion.