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Stories by Kenny Goldberg

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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California Assembly Measure Would Expand Family Leave

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California was the first state in the nation to offer paid family leave in 2002. A measure that would expand the program will get its first hearing in the state Assembly next month.

UC San Diego Researchers Develop Next Generation Of Wearable Medical Devices

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The Fitbit is so yesterday. UCSD's Center for Wearable Sensors is working on the next generation of wearable medical devices.

Boxer Co-Sponsors Bill To End Federal Ban On Medical Marijuana

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The federal government still considers marijuana to have no legitimate medical use but that could change under a new proposal in the U.S. Senate.

Plan To Implement San Diego County Alzheimer's Project Gets Green Light

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The Board of Supervisors approved an implementation plan for its ambitious project to tackle Alzheimer’s disease.

California Lawmakers Chew On Dental Program's Shortcomings

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State lawmakers will hold a hearing Tuesday on a recent audit that found serious flaws in California’s dental program for poor children.

San Diego Doctors Discuss Ways To Help Curb Prescription Drug Abuse

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Hundreds of doctors gathered in San Diego Wednesday to discuss ways they could reduce prescription drug abuse.

San Francisco Measure Would Require Warning Labels On Soda Ads

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San Francisco could become the first city in the nation to require warning labels on soft drink ads.

Suicide Prevention Gets More Attention In San Diego County

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Suicides have become a major public health issue in the United States. Each year, more people nationwide die from suicides than from car crashes.

New California Guide Reminds Adults To Stay Current On Vaccinations

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The California Medical Association Foundation is releasing a new guide with recommendations for adults based on age, dosage and vaccine type.

California Bill Seeks To Prevent Surprise Medical Bills

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A new measure in the California Assembly would prevent hospital patients from getting “surprise” medical bills from out-of-network doctors.

Health Data Breaches Continue, But Fines Are Rare

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A new review found health care companies have reported more than 1,140 large data breaches since 2009. But the federal government has only issued 22 fines.

Scripps Opens New Center Dedicated To Heart Care

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Scripps Health is celebrating Thursday the grand opening of its $456 million cardiovascular institute.

California Has Highest Child Poverty Rate In Nation

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A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds 27 percent of California children live in poverty.

California Regulators Say Kaiser Still Hasn't Fixed Access To Care Problems

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In a new report, state regulators say they still have some serious concerns about access to mental health care at Kaiser Permanente.

Covered California Gives The Uninsured Another Chance

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The Feb. 15 deadline to buy health insurance and avoid a tax penalty has come and gone, but Covered California is offering consumers another chance to sign up.

Consumer Group Calls For State To Audit Hospitals That Commit Frequent Medical Mistakes

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A prominent consumer group wants California regulators to audit ten hospitals that have been fined multiple times for lapses in safety, including UC San Diego Medical Center.

Covered California Gives Some People Another Week To Enroll

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Covered California officials have decided to extend the deadline to enroll in a health plan for one week. But there's a catch.

North County Program To Open New Home For Homeless Vets

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The new Interfaith Community Services Veteran and Family Resource Center will have 32 beds, including 20 for homeless veterans who need post-operative care.

Covered California Enrollment Deadline Less Than A Week Away

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Those who miss the Feb. 15 deadline will face a tax penalty on next year's return.

Health Watchdog Group Takes Legal Action Against E-Cigarette Companies

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The Oakland-based Center for Environmental Health is taking legal action against more that 20 e-cigarette companies for failing to put warning labels on their products.

Health Insurance Enrollment Deadline Forces Hard Choices For San Diegans

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The Feb. 15 deadline to enroll in a Covered California plan is forcing people to make a choice: buy coverage, or pay a fine.

Access To Care An Issue For Kids On Medi-Cal

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With nearly 5 million California children in the Medi-Cal program, access to doctors who will treat them is not a sure thing.

Doctors, Dentists Strike At UC Student Health Centers

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Some 150 doctors and dentists at University of California student health centers statewide held a one-day strike Tuesday, over what they claim are UC's unfair labor practices.

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San Diego's First Pediatric Heart Transplant Performed At Rady Children's Hospital

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Eric Montaño, 11, is the recipient of the first pediatric heart transplant ever performed in San Diego. But his twin brother is still waiting for a donor.

San Diego Hospitals Working To Make Their Food Tasty

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When you think of hospitals, tasty food doesn’t usually come to mind, but hospitals throughout San Diego County are trying to change that reputation.

Kaiser Therapists Strike Over Staffing Issues

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Mental health clinicians at Kaiser Permanente clinics throughout California are out on strike this week, over what they say is a lack of adequate staffing.

How To Prevent The Flu, Measles and Whooping Cough

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San Diego County officials reported the first two deaths in the region from the flu this season and are also warning of a potential exposure to measles at Parkway Plaza. KPBS talks to a Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Center doctor about how to prevent these diseases.

2 Elderly Women Are First Flu Deaths in San Diego This Season

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San Diego County officials said the two victims were living in a local nursing home and had underlying health problems.

New Law Expands Privacy Protections For Insured Californians

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A new law allows Californians who are covered under a parent's or spouse's health plan to keep their medical information private.

San Diego Health Care Workers Required To Get Flu Shot Or Wear Mask

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San Diego County’s public health department has issued an order requiring health care providers to either get a flu shot or wear a mask this flu season.

Majority Of Covered California Enrollees Needed Help To Sign Up

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The vast majority of consumers who signed up for a Covered California health plan this year received help with the enrollment process.

Bringing Christmas Cheer To The Hospital

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Having a family member in the hospital can be a scary and stressful experience, especially during the Christmas holidays.

7 San Diego Hospitals Penalized For Medical Mistakes

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The hospitals will have their Medicare payments cut by 1 percent through next September.

New San Diego Effort To Develop Treatments For Alzheimer's Disease

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San Diego County aims to stimulate more research into potential treatments for Alzheimer's disease.

California's Health Insurance Exchange Admits Problems

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Some consumers who attempted to switch their health plans encountered problems.

Scripps Researchers Use DNA To Explore Mystery Of Sudden Death

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Researchers at the Scripps Translational Science Institute hope to solve the mystery of sudden unexplained death by using genetic sequencing.

Covered California Officials Say Foreign Languages Not A Barrier To Enrollment

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Speaking a language other than English or Spanish doesn’t have to be a barrier to getting health insurance through Covered California.

Covered California Tells Latinos Enrollment Info Isn't Shared With Immigration Authorities

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An estimated 600,000 Latinos in California are uninsured.

SDSU Encourages 'Young Invincibles' To Buy Health Insurance

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San Diego State University is reaching out to students in an attempt to get them to buy health insurance under the new health insurance exchange.

Nearly 15,000 San Diegans Diagnosed With AIDS Since Epidemic Began

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San Diego marked World AIDS Day with free HIV testing at various locations.

Despite Seniors' Risk, Many Doctors Don't Screen For Falls

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The study reveals more than half a million California seniors fall more than once a year. But less than half receive any advice on how to prevent falls from their doctor.

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