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Finally, Long Overdue Progress in Hospital Seismic Safety

After years of delay, retrofitting and rebuilding, more than 90 percent of California’s acute care hospital buildings are no longer at risk of collapse during an earthquake, according to the most recent available data from the state’s Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD). 701 more words

Health Industry

Aid-In-Dying: Not So Easy

Starting June 9, terminally ill Californians with six months or less to live can request a doctor’s prescription for medications intended to end their lives peacefully. 956 more words

Insurance

El programa de Sida del Medi-Cal está subfinanciado, dicen defensores

El cuerpo de Andy Martin había rechazado otra medicación para el VIH, y ahora su carga viral estaba disparándose.

Sentado en su living, Martin le dijo a una enfermera y a un trabajador social que recientemente había pasado tres días en el hospital con fiebre alta. 1,280 more words

Public Health

Democrats Increasingly Want Expansion Of Health Law, Poll Finds

When Democrats fault the Affordable Care Act, it’s increasingly because it does not go far enough, a poll released Thursday shows.

The results come as Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has repeatedly derided the law for including too many concessions to the private health care industry and costing consumers too much. 301 more words

The Health Law

A Talk With The Head Of California’s Troubled Dental Program

A damning report released earlier this month by a state oversight commission described California’s dental program for low income people as an “outright mess,” detailing its severe shortcomings and poor performance. 1,140 more words

Insurance

Will Covered California Sell Health Coverage To The Undocumented?

California legislators are attempting to clear the way for undocumented immigrants to buy health insurance through the state’s insurance exchange — potentially setting a national precedent. 1,263 more words

Insurance

Medi-Cal AIDS Program Is Underfunded, Advocates Say

VAN NUYS, Calif. — Andy Martin’s body had rejected another HIV medication, and now his viral load was spiking.

Sitting in his living room, Martin told a nurse and a social worker that he’d recently spent three days in the hospital with a high fever. 1,106 more words

Public Health