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Stories by Kenny Goldberg

Covered California Health Care Enrollment Is Taking Off

Covered California Health Care Enrollment Is Taking Off

Nov. 20
By Kenny Goldberg

The fifth annual open enrollment period for Covered California is off to a strong start.

California Smokers' Helpline Marks 25th Anniversary

California Smokers' Helpline Marks 25th Anniversary

Nov. 16
By Kenny Goldberg

A San Diego-based toll-free phone line designed to help smokers kick the habit is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

Opioid Epidemic Prompting Changes In San Diego Emergency Rooms

Opioid Epidemic Prompting Changes In San Diego Emergency Rooms

Nov. 9
By Kenny Goldberg

The epidemic of opioid abuse is prompting physicians to rethink their prescribing habits, especially in hospital emergency rooms.

San Diego Conference Addresses Epidemic Of Opioid-Related Deaths

San Diego Conference Addresses Epidemic Of Opioid-Related Deaths

Nov. 8
By Kenny Goldberg

The epidemic of opioid-related deaths is the topic of a two-day conference in San Diego this week.

Scripps Health Modernization Plan Includes New Hillcrest Hospital

Scripps Health Modernization Plan Includes New Hillcrest Hospital

Nov. 7
By Kenny Goldberg

Scripps Health plans to launch a massive $2.6 billion makeover of its health care system.

Covered California Official Says Exchange Is Alive And Well

Covered California Official Says Exchange Is Alive And Well

Oct. 31
By Kenny Goldberg

Despite President Trump's attacks on the Affordable Care Act, Covered California is alive and well as it enters the open enrollment season.

Growing Number Of Babies Born Addicted To Opioids

Growing Number Of Babies Born Addicted To Opioids

Oct. 27
By Kenny Goldberg

The epidemic of opioid abuse is affecting an increasing number of defenseless victims: newborn babies.

Time Running Out For Children's Health Insurance Program

Time Running Out For Children's Health Insurance Program

Oct. 19
By Kenny Goldberg

California will soon run out of federal funds for the Children's Health Insurance Program, called CHIP, unless Congress acts soon.

California Sues To Block Trump's Executive Orders On Health Care

California Sues To Block Trump's Executive Orders On Health Care

Oct. 17
By Kenny Goldberg

California is joining 17 other states in a lawsuit challenging President Trump's executive orders on the Affordable Care Act.

Surviving The 2007 Wildfires: After Suffering Critical Burns, Firef...

Surviving The 2007 Wildfires: After Suffering Critical Burns, Firefighter Finds A New Life

Oct. 16
By Kenny Goldberg

Ten years after she nearly burned to death in the Harris Fire, former firefighter Brooke Linman is ready for her closeup.

Roundtable: Mass Shootings, 'Categate,' Transparency Law, Jury Tria...

Roundtable: Mass Shootings, 'Categate,' Transparency Law, Jury Trial For Homeless Man

Oct. 6
By Kenny Goldberg, Pat Finn

Another mass shooting in America. Same aftermath? The leaker of a confidential memo comes forward. A city law meant to increase transparency gets a boost. A homeless man gets a jury trial for sleeping on the street.

'Scanxiety': The Fear And Anxiety Of Cancer Screenings

'Scanxiety': The Fear And Anxiety Of Cancer Screenings

Oct. 5
By Kenny Goldberg

There is a name for the fear and anguish cancer patients experience when they face their periodic screenings: "scanxiety."

Community Clinics Falling Off Financial Cliff After Congress Fails ...

Community Clinics Falling Off Financial Cliff After Congress Fails To Approve Funds

Oct. 4
By Kenny Goldberg

While members of Congress were trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act last week, they missed an important deadline to fund community clinics.

Expert: Could Be Some Time Before San Diego Hep A Outbreak Peaks

Expert: Could Be Some Time Before San Diego Hep A Outbreak Peaks

Sept. 28
By Kenny Goldberg

A prominent infectious disease specialist says a particular feature of the hepatitis A virus is hampering efforts to control the outbreak.

General Public Considered At Low Risk In Hepatitis A Outbreak

General Public Considered At Low Risk In Hepatitis A Outbreak

Sept. 18
By Kenny Goldberg

Amidst San Diego's outbreak of hepatitis A, doctors say some simple steps can help prevent its spread.

Community Clinics Facing Financial Cliff

Community Clinics Facing Financial Cliff

Sept. 18
By Kenny Goldberg

A bulk of the federal money community clinics rely on will run out at the end of the month, unless Congress takes action.

Senate Republicans Make Last-Ditch ACA Repeal Effort

Senate Republicans Make Last-Ditch ACA Repeal Effort

Sept. 14
By Kenny Goldberg

Republicans in the Senate have introduced yet another attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Is California Doing Enough To Protect Patients From Bad Doctors?

Is California Doing Enough To Protect Patients From Bad Doctors?

Sept. 13
By Kenny Goldberg

Should patients be notified if their doctor is on probation for a serious offense? That is the idea behind a bill that appears to be headed for defeat in the California legislature.

Encouraging Signs In New Report On San Diego County Suicides

Encouraging Signs In New Report On San Diego County Suicides

Sept. 6
By Kenny Goldberg

A new report on suicides in San Diego County shows some progress on the prevention front.

Proposed Workers Comp Changes Worry Pain Doctors

Proposed Workers Comp Changes Worry Pain Doctors

Sept. 1
By Kenny Goldberg

Doctors are crying foul over the California's Department of Workers Compensation proposal to drop coverage of certain nonopioid treatments for chronic pain.

Deadline Looming For Children's Health Insurance Program

Deadline Looming For Children's Health Insurance Program

Aug. 29
By Kenny Goldberg

Another health care deadline is looming in Congress. But it is not about the Affordable Care Act — it is about the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

UC San Diego Launches New Program To Attract Students To Mental Hea...

UC San Diego Launches New Program To Attract Students To Mental Health Career

Aug. 24
By Kenny Goldberg

A new program at UC San Diego is designed to give psychology majors a unique experience.

California's Aid-In-Dying Law Prompting Doctor-Patient Conversations

California's Aid-In-Dying Law Prompting Doctor-Patient Conversations

Aug. 23
By Kenny Goldberg

Doctors say California's Right-to-Die law has prompted more patients to ask about end-of-life care.

San Diego Seniors Plan Protest Of Proposed Medicare Cuts

San Diego Seniors Plan Protest Of Proposed Medicare Cuts

Aug. 21
By Kenny Goldberg

House Republicans want to cut Medicare. A group of San Diego seniors says it won't stand for that.

New Ronald McDonald House Offers Relief For More Families With A Si...

New Ronald McDonald House Offers Relief For More Families With A Sick Child

Aug. 18
By Kenny Goldberg

Due to increased demand, a second Ronald McDonald House has opened near Rady Children's Hospital.

Trump's Decision On Cost-Sharing Reduction Payments Could Hurt Cali...

Trump's Decision On Cost-Sharing Reduction Payments Could Hurt California Consumers

Aug. 15
By Kenny Goldberg

The Trump administration’s decision to give health insurers more time to file their 2018 rates will not have an effect in California. But an upcoming decision on cost-sharing reduction payments will mean a lot.

Roundtable: SANDAG Saga Continues, Former Mayor Helps Win Developme...

Roundtable: SANDAG Saga Continues, Former Mayor Helps Win Development Deal

Aug. 11
By Kenny Goldberg, Neiko Will

The head of SANDAG announced his retirement this week. Will the taint of the revenue forecasting scandal go with him? And, a former San Diego mayor helps seal a subsidized housing development deal with the county. Did her chummy ties to a supervisor help?

Latest Alzheimer's Research May Offer A Way Forward

Latest Alzheimer's Research May Offer A Way Forward

Aug. 9
By Kenny Goldberg

Five-and-a-half million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease. There is no cure for it. But new research presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in London may offer some clues.

Cost Of Covered California In 2018 Will Depend On Insurance Plan

Cost Of Covered California In 2018 Will Depend On Insurance Plan

Aug. 7
By Kenny Goldberg

San Diegans who have a Covered California health plan will see the cost of their premium go up next year. They'll find out exactly how much in October.

Roundtable: Cars, Taxis And Walkers At The Border, Housing For Refu...

Roundtable: Cars, Taxis And Walkers At The Border, Housing For Refugees

Aug. 4
By Kenny Goldberg, Pat Finn and pat

On the border: a young man dies from drinking liquid meth; the Tijuana taxi wars are quiet, for now; but "carmageddon" is coming. And finding housing here for refugees is as hard as you might think.

Covered California Policyholders Have Some Decisions To Make

Covered California Policyholders Have Some Decisions To Make

Aug. 3
By Kenny Goldberg

People enrolled in a Covered California health plan could see big price hikes in 2018.

Coalition Of San Diego Health Care Groups Protests Efforts To Repla...

Coalition Of San Diego Health Care Groups Protests Efforts To Replace Obamacare

July 26
By Kenny Goldberg

A coalition of major players in the San Diego healthcare market are protesting efforts to replace Obamacare.

Starbucks Food Recovery Program Helps Bridge Hunger Gap In San Diego

Starbucks Food Recovery Program Helps Bridge Hunger Gap In San Diego

July 26
By Kenny Goldberg

Every day in San Diego, restaurants throw out an enormous amount of food. Starbucks is bucking that trend.

Yelp Offers Clinical Data And Consumer Ratings On California Hospitals

Yelp Offers Clinical Data And Consumer Ratings On California Hospitals

July 26
By Kenny Goldberg

Clinical data on hospitals can be hard to find. Now, Yelp provides that info along with consumer ratings of nearly 250 hospitals.

Measures Targeting Prescription Drug Prices Still Alive In Californ...

Measures Targeting Prescription Drug Prices Still Alive In California Legislature

July 7
By Kenny Goldberg

A key committee in the state Senate has approved a package of three measures targeting prescription drug costs. Two other bills with the same purpose are also under consideration.

Statewide Testing Reveals Canned Foods From Ethnic Markets May Be R...

Statewide Testing Reveals Canned Foods From Ethnic Markets May Be Risky

July 6
By Kenny Goldberg

A consumer watchdog group said a high percentage of canned foods sold in Asian specialty stores contain the chemical BPA.

California Faces Financial Pain If Senate Health Bill Passes: State...

California Faces Financial Pain If Senate Health Bill Passes: State Report

July 3
By Kenny Goldberg

California faces a major budget shortfall if the Senate health bill passes, according to a new state analysis.

Cost Of Vaping Goes Up Again In California

Cost Of Vaping Goes Up Again In California

June 30
By Kenny Goldberg

For the second time in the last three months, the price of vaping is going up in California.

Sharp Mesa Vista Makeover Will Increase Patient Care Space, Add Saf...

Sharp Mesa Vista Makeover Will Increase Patient Care Space, Add Safety Enhancements

June 27
By Kenny Goldberg

Sharp Mesa Vista will spend $4 million to renovate its treatment area for children.

Deep Partisan Divide Remains Over Affordable Care Act In California

Deep Partisan Divide Remains Over Affordable Care Act In California

June 20
By Kenny Goldberg

A new statewide poll finds support for the Affordable Care Act has reached record highs in California, but there remains a significant partisan divide.

San Diegans Share Their Stories Of Surviving Cancer

San Diegans Share Their Stories Of Surviving Cancer

June 19
By Kenny Goldberg

Dozens of people who were diagnosed with cancer shared their stories of survival at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla on Monday.

Workplace Violence: Can Employers Do More To Prevent It?

Workplace Violence: Can Employers Do More To Prevent It?

June 15
By Kenny Goldberg

A San Diego expert on threat assessment believes employers can do more to prevent workplace violence.

California Doctors Feeling Sick About New State Budget

California Doctors Feeling Sick About New State Budget

June 14
By Kenny Goldberg

Doctors say they are getting a raw deal in the new state budget crafted by California lawmakers.

Helen Woodward Therapy Animals Spread Unconditional Love

Helen Woodward Therapy Animals Spread Unconditional Love

June 14
By Kenny Goldberg

Spending time with a friendly animal can be fun and therapeutic, too. That is the concept behind a special program run by the nonprofit Helen Woodward Animal Center.

Driving Stoned: San Diego Scientists Try To Find DUI Limit For Mari...

Driving Stoned: San Diego Scientists Try To Find DUI Limit For Marijuana

June 7
By Kenny Goldberg

California has a legal limit for alcohol intoxication, but it does not have one for marijuana. Researchers at UC San Diego are working on trying to determine how much pot leads to impairment.

Driving Stoned: Specially Trained Cops On The Lookout For Drugged D...

Driving Stoned: Specially Trained Cops On The Lookout For Drugged Drivers

June 6
By Kenny Goldberg

Marijuana is now legal for recreational use in California and more people are driving high. Some specially trained police officers are on the road looking for them.

Driving Stoned: How Much Is Too Much?

Driving Stoned: How Much Is Too Much?

June 5
By Kenny Goldberg

As California gears up for retail sales of marijuana in 2018, police are concerned about what more pot use could mean for highway safety.

New Report Looks At Childhood Obesity In San Diego County Public Sc...

New Report Looks At Childhood Obesity In San Diego County Public Schools

May 30
By City News Service, Kenny Goldberg

More than one-third of fifth-, seventh- and ninth- graders in San Diego County public schools were considered to be overweight or obese in the 2014-15 academic year, according to a report released Tuesday.

Many Canned Foods Still Contain Toxic Chemical

Many Canned Foods Still Contain Toxic Chemical

May 17
By Kenny Goldberg

Many canned foods sold at major retailers still contain the toxic chemical BPA, according to a new study.

San Diego Man Saved By Therapeutic Use Of Viruses

San Diego Man Saved By Therapeutic Use Of Viruses

April 25
By Kenny Goldberg

A San Diego man who was dying from a drug resistant infection has been saved through the therapeutic use of viruses.

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