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Stories by Kenny Goldberg

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.

Family

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.

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.

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.

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.