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Stories by Kenny Goldberg

Covered California Getting Two More Health Plans

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UnitedHealth and Oscar plan to begin offering insurance in parts of the state next year, which will give California consumers more options.

Over-The-Counter Birth Control Pills Will Soon Be Available In California

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Beginning this fall, California women will no longer need a prescription to buy birth control pills or other hormonal contraceptives.

'Kids Count' Report Gives California Low Marks

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The report released Tuesday on the well-being of children ranks California 38th in the nation, just ahead of Oklahoma.

SDSU Study Aims To Shed Light On Adults With Autism

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There's a lot of information about children with autism. But there's little known about how autism affects adults.

Free Beer Coming Soon At Farmers Markets

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Starting next year, free samples of beer may be available at your local farmers market.

San Diego's VA Healthcare System Wants More Female Vets To Enroll

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San Diego VA healthcare officials are trying to entice more women to take advantage of their veterans benefits.

Advocates Push To Expand California Welfare Program

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A bill is making its way through the California Legislature that would give Medi-Cal benefits to low-income adults who are living here illegally.

California's Dental Program Gains Patients While Losing Dentists

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A new state review of the Denti-Cal program, shows between 2009 and 2014, the number of children enrolled in the Denti-Cal program increased by nearly 40 percent.

Transgender Veteran Fights For Equality In U.S. Military

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Retired Army Col. Sheri Swokowski wants to change a military ban that stops openly transgender individuals from serving in the armed forces.

California Assembly Rejects Bill Giving Nurse Practitioners More Independence

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A bill that would have allowed nurse practitioners to work without a doctor’s supervision has died in the California legislature.

San Diego Tightens Water Restrictions To Meet State Conservation Goal

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The drought in California prompted San Diego leaders to step up conservations efforts this week, ordering residents and businesses to cut back on outdoor watering.

California Court Strikes Down Nursing Home Law

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A California judge has thrown out a law that allows nursing homes to make medical decisions for mentally incompetent residents.

Critics Of California Vaccine Bill Vow To Keep Fighting

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Opponents of a California bill that would ban personal belief exemptions for childhood vaccinations say they’re not going away.

Tech Problems Cast Shadow On California's New Prescription Drug Database

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There’s a problem with California’s newly upgraded prescription drug database called CURES 2.0.

Covered California's Plan To Collect Health Info Raises Concerns

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Privacy rights experts say Covered California should notify patients before tracking their care.

Bill Aims To Reduce Prescription Drug Overdose Deaths

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A measure in the California legislature would require doctors to check a statewide drug-history database before prescribing narcotics.

Fledgling San Diego Biotech Pledges Not To Make Money

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Drugs & Diagnostics For Tropical Diseases, or DDTD, develops tests that detect whether someone is infected with worms.

District May Pull Plug On Old Palomar Hospital In Escondido

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It may be the end of the line for the old Palomar Hospital in downtown Escondido.

Planned Parenthood Launches STD Testing App

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Planned Parenthood has launched a new app that allows people to order testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases through their smart phone.

California Gov. Brown And Legislature At Odds Over Medi-Cal Spending

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The California State Legislature’s new budget calls for increases in Medi-Cal spending that Gov. Jerry Brown isn’t happy with.

Officials Warn Drugged Driving On Rise In U.S.

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Between 2007 and 2014, the percentage of drivers who tested positive for at least one drug rose by 23 percent.

Bill Would Let California Pregnant Women Buy Health Insurance

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The California Assembly has approved a bill that would allow women to buy health insurance after they become pregnant.

California Bill Would Let Naturopathic Doctors Do More

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The California Senate has approved a bill that would allow naturopathic doctors to prescribe certain prescription drugs and perform minor outpatient surgeries.

California Assembly Approves Measure To Ban Surprise Medical Bills

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The Assembly has passed a bill that would prevent patients from getting "surprise" bills from out-of-network doctors.

La Jolla Doctor Uses New Zapping Tool To Target Depression

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The newest treatment for clinical depression is a device that zaps the brain with magnetic pulses.

California Doctors, Dentists To Rally For Higher Medi-Cal Pay

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Doctors, dentists and nurses will hold a rally at the state capitol Tuesday calling for higher Medi-Cal reimbursement rates.

San Diego County Grand Jury Says Program To Help Disabled, Seniors Needs Fixes

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A report from the San Diego County grand jury recommends creating separate adult and children units for the county's In-Home Supportive Services program, which serves disabled adults and children and seniors.

Medi-Cal's Dental Program Takes Another Hit

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Finding a dentist who's willing to treat Denti-Cal patients is getting tougher now that Western Dental will no longer see those patients.

Maternal Obesity Linked To Babies' Weakened Immune System

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New research from UC Riverside finds babies born to obese mothers may have a compromised immune system.

Bill To Expand Role Of Nurse Practitioners Moving Through Legislature

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Nurse practitioners would be allowed to work without physician oversight under a bill in the California Legislature.

Training Tijuana Cops To Avoid HIV Infections From Needle-Sticks

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Tijuana police practices put officers at high risk for needle-stick injuries that can lead to HIV infections. UC San Diego is coordinating the special training to make it safer for officers as they encounter IV drug users.

Doctors, Hospitals And Insurers Ask For More Pay From Medi-Cal

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A coalition of major players in the healthcare business is asking the state to pay providers more money for treating Medi-Cal patients.

Military Families Get New Home Away From Home On Camp Pendleton

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Military families who have a loved one getting care at Camp Pendleton's Naval Hospital have a new place to stay.

Planned Parenthood Clinic In El Centro Gets Final Safety Approval, Drops Lawsuit

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After weeks of delay and a looming lawsuit, the fire chief in El Centro has given his final clearance for the first Planned Parenthood clinic in the Imperial Valley.

San Diegan Organizes Rally For ALS Patients In Washington

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A San Diego woman whose husband has ALS is organizing a rally in Washington, D.C., to encourage the FDA to accelerate drug approvals.

Imperial County Divided Over Region's First Planned Parenthood Clinic

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Despite considerable opposition from religious groups, the Planned Parenthood clinic is now providing care, but only on a limited basis.

UCSD Study Finds Low Exposure To Sunlight Increases Risk Of Pancreatic Cancer

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Researchers examined data from 107 countries and found the highest pancreatic cancer rates in countries with the least amount of sunlight.

Soda Labeling Bill Loses Its Fizz In California Senate

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A bill that would have required health warning labels on sodas and other sugary drinks has fallen flat in the California legislature.

Cal State San Marcos Campaign Aims To Promote Palliative Care

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Deciding how someone would like to be cared for if they became seriously ill or incapacitated isn’t a popular topic of conversation among college students. But a campaign at Cal State San Marcos aims to change that.

American Lung Association Report: San Diego's Air Quality Improves

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The latest State of the Air report from the American Lung Association reveals the county has made some major improvements in air quality.

Sharp Memorial Hospital Tests New Heart Pump

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San Diego's Sharp Memorial is one of only six hospitals in the country that's testing whether a new mechanical pump can help people with severe heart disease.

San Diego County Will Roll Out Laura's Law

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A measure that allows a judge to order someone to undergo outpatient mental health treatment is coming to San Diego County next year.

Covered California Rebrands Program For Small Businesses

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Covered California's health insurance program for small businesses is getting a new name and a new marketing campaign.

City Inspection Delays Opening Of El Centro Planned Parenthood Clinic

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The clinic was scheduled to open Thursday. The city of El Centro has said it will not issue a certificate of occupancy for the clinic until some extensive issues were addressed. Planned Parenthood said the delay is "unlawful."

UC Student Health Center Doctors Go Back Out On Strike

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For the second time this year, doctors from the 10 UC student health centers in California will go on strike this weekend.

America's Only Accredited Crisis Line For Seniors In Financial Straits

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The Friendship Line, a service of the Institute on Aging, has lost two-thirds of its funding due to state budget cuts.

Controversial Vaccine Exemption Measure Gets Its First Hearing In California Senate

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A measure that would ban all personal belief exemptions for childhood vaccinations will get its first hearing in the state senate Wednesday.

Patient Wait Times Slashed At VA Medical Center In La Jolla

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A new report from the Associated Press reveals patient wait times have been greatly reduced at the VA Medical Center in La Jolla.

Nurse-To-Patient Mandate Reintroduced In Congress

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A measure that would mandate minimum nurse-to-patient ratios in all hospital units has been reintroduced in Congress.

Immigrants In U.S. Illegally Could Qualify For Medi-Cal

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Up to 500,000 immigrants living illegally in California could get Medi-Cal coverage if executive actions by President Barack Obama take effect.

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