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Stories by Kenny Goldberg

Full Dental Benefits Restored For Adults On Medi-Cal

Full Dental Benefits Restored For Adults On Medi-Cal

Jan. 22
By Kenny Goldberg

State lawmakers have fully restored Denti-Cal benefits as of Jan. 1. They were cut in 2009 during the depths of the recession, and only partially restored in 2014.

Bill To Allow Abortion Pills On College Campuses Survives...

Bill To Allow Abortion Pills On College Campuses Survives Crucial Vote

Jan. 15
By Kenny Goldberg

A bill that would require all public college and university health centers in California to offer medication-assisted abortions is making its way through the state senate.

Governor Brown's Proposed Budget Has Only Modest Boost Fo...

Governor Brown's Proposed Budget Has Only Modest Boost For Health Care

Jan. 10
By Kenny Goldberg

Critic says Brown’s budget should have restored more funding that was cut during the last recession.

Flu Death Toll Continues To Rise In San Diego County

Flu Death Toll Continues To Rise In San Diego County

Jan. 9
By City News Service, Kenny Goldberg

The number of reported influenza-related deaths in the San Diego region doubled last week, bringing this season's total to 91, while the number of lab-confirmed flu cases was down, county health officials reported Tuesday.

California Office Of Traffic Safety Ad Criticized For Gla...

California Office Of Traffic Safety Ad Criticized For Glamorizing Marijuana

Jan. 8
By Kenny Goldberg

An ad designed to warn people of the risks of driving stoned is being criticized for promoting marijuana use. The Office of Traffic Safety said it's committed to warning people about the dangers of impaired driving and regrets the message was lost in the ad campaign.

Education Is Key To Conquering Stigma Against Mental Illness

Education Is Key To Conquering Stigma Against Mental Illness

Jan. 5
By Kenny Goldberg

Part 3 — The stigma associated with mental illness is a destructive force. A number of efforts are underway in San Diego to combat it.

Stigma Against Mental Illness Is Built Into Health Care S...

Stigma Against Mental Illness Is Built Into Health Care System

Jan. 4
By Kenny Goldberg

Part 2 — People with serious mental health challenges are often considered to be different, dangerous or even beyond help. That kind of stigma against mental illness can exist in our health care system too.

For Those With Mental Illness, Battling Stigma Is First S...

For Those With Mental Illness, Battling Stigma Is First Step In Getting Help

Jan. 3
By Kenny Goldberg

Part 1 — Nearly one out of five Americans suffer from it. But that hasn’t prevented the stigma of mental illness from being a powerful and damaging force.

Advocates Urge Congress To Provide Long-Term Funding For ...

Advocates Urge Congress To Provide Long-Term Funding For Children's Health Insurance Program

Jan. 2
By Kenny Goldberg

A deal to provide long-term funding for the popular Children's Health Insurance Program, known as CHIP, remains elusive.

Community Health Clinics Still Waiting For Long-Term Funding

Community Health Clinics Still Waiting For Long-Term Funding

Dec. 26, 2017
By Kenny Goldberg

Congress has given community clinics some stop-gap funding, but it won't take them very far in 2018.

Covered California Health Care Program Extends Deadline

Covered California Health Care Program Extends Deadline

Dec. 18, 2017
By Kenny Goldberg

A surge in enrollment has prompted Covered California to extend its deadline for those wanting to buy health care.

Research Finds Novel Method Of Handling Premature Births ...

Research Finds Novel Method Of Handling Premature Births May Improve Outcomes

Dec. 14, 2017
By Kenny Goldberg

A study from Sharp Mary Birch Hospital finds a novel way of handling the umbilical cord of premature babies may improve their development.

UC San Diego Researcher Semifinalist For Women's Safety X...

UC San Diego Researcher Semifinalist For Women's Safety XPRIZE

Nov. 29, 2017
By Kenny Goldberg

A UC San Diego researcher is a semi-finalist in a worldwide contest to develop an inexpensive device that can improve women’s safety.

San Diego Hospitals Grappling With Shortage Of IV Bags

San Diego Hospitals Grappling With Shortage Of IV Bags

Nov. 27, 2017
By Kenny Goldberg

A nationwide shortage of small IV bags has forced hospitals in San Diego to come up with other options.

California's Uninsured Rate Drops To Record Low

California's Uninsured Rate Drops To Record Low

Nov. 21, 2017
By Kenny Goldberg

Three years into full implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the rate of uninsured people in California has dropped to a record low.

Covered California Health Care Enrollment Is Taking Off

Covered California Health Care Enrollment Is Taking Off

Nov. 20, 2017
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, 2017
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 ...

Opioid Epidemic Prompting Changes In San Diego Emergency Rooms

Nov. 9, 2017
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...

San Diego Conference Addresses Epidemic Of Opioid-Related Deaths

Nov. 8, 2017
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 ...

Scripps Health Modernization Plan Includes New Hillcrest Hospital

Nov. 7, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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 Heal...

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

Oct. 17, 2017
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 Bu...

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

Oct. 16, 2017
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,...

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

Oct. 6, 2017
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, 2017
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 Congr...

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

Oct. 4, 2017
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 Outbrea...

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

Sept. 28, 2017
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 Outb...

General Public Considered At Low Risk In Hepatitis A Outbreak

Sept. 18, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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 D...

Is California Doing Enough To Protect Patients From Bad Doctors?

Sept. 13, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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 ...

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

Aug. 24, 2017
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 Co...

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

Aug. 23, 2017
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, 2017
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...

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

Aug. 18, 2017
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...

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

Aug. 15, 2017
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...

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

Aug. 11, 2017
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, 2017
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 Insuran...

Cost Of Covered California In 2018 Will Depend On Insurance Plan

Aug. 7, 2017
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, Housin...

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

Aug. 4, 2017
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, 2017
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 Effort...

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

July 26, 2017
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 I...

Starbucks Food Recovery Program Helps Bridge Hunger Gap In San Diego

July 26, 2017
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 Califor...

Yelp Offers Clinical Data And Consumer Ratings On California Hospitals

July 26, 2017
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 I...

Measures Targeting Prescription Drug Prices Still Alive In California Legislature

July 7, 2017
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.

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