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    ASK EMILY: Obamacare's tax-time lessons

    Another in a series of Q&A columns answering consumers' questions about the Affordable Care Act. The second round of Obamacare open enrollment is over, but your paperwork may not be. It's tax time. And as I suspected, this is shaping...

  2. Kern heath safety net scores well in new study

    A new study that looks at health care safety nets after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act generally praises Kern County's indigent care, but calls on all counties to do more to provide services to undocumented immigrants....


    KMC looking to replace 'class of the 1970s' physicians

    Kern Medical Center is working with mixed success to bring more doctors to Bakersfield. Russell Judd, the CEO of the county-owned hospital, told Kern County supervisors that Kern continues to be troubled by a chronic lack of physicians -—...

  4. Local woman wins $5.7 million in lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson

    A jury returned a $5.7 million verdict Thursday in favor of a 50-year-old Tehachapi woman who had sued Johnson & Johnson and a subsidiary over a medical device that has generated a slew of similar lawsuits nationwide. "I'm super grateful,...

  5. Clinica Sierra Vista opens site in northeast Bakersfield

    Clinica Sierra Vista has opened a new clinic in northeast Bakersfield and will hold a grand opening event Friday to celebrate. The 14,000-square-foot East Niles Community Health Center has been up and running since Feb. 2, when there was...

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    ASK EMILY: Small business exchange offline and off target

    Another in a series of Q&A columns answering consumers' questions about the Affordable Care Act. California has been hailed as a national leader in implementing Obamacare, enrolling about 4 million people into Medi-Cal and Covered...

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    Safety net hospitals hit hardest by Medicare fines

    Hospitals that treat California's poorest patients, including local ones, are faring badly under the Affordable Care Act's drive to improve quality. Under ACA authority, Medicare is imposing fines on safety net hospitals at twice the rate...

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    Bakersfield boy's tumor could live on in medical research

    Nathan Street's parents were devastated when they were told early last year that the cause of their little boy's mysterious new crossed eye was an inoperable, malignant brain tumor. It was Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, or DIPG. That's...

  9. Potential multimillion dollar mesh trial goes to jury

    A jury of three women and nine men began deliberating late Thursday in a transvaginal mesh trial brought by a Bakersfield woman and her husband, a case that has garnered national attention. Coleen Perry, 52, of Bakersfield, filed a...

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    Go Red for Women speaker warns women of heart attack risk

    Margaret Patteson isn't your typical heart attack victim. The baby boomer and mother of two is an avid runner and cyclist. She's more fit than many people half her age, and president of the Bakersfield Track Club. But in March of last...

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    Website to offer neighborhood-level air data

    Many residents of the San Joaquin Valley are pretty savvy about the quality of the air they breathe. They know when summer ozone levels are spiking in Arvin or wintertime particulate pollution is off the charts in Bakersfield. And vice...

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    Heart Hospital sets up Fast Track program in ER

    Bakersfield Heart Hospital is hoping to shorten wait times for less serious cases in its emergency room with a new Fast Track program. People suffering heart attacks and other major health crises will continue to be seen in the emergency...

  13. Bakersfield doctor accused of negligence

    The Medical Board of California has accused a Bakersfield gastroenterologist of negligence and incompetence following the death of a patient. In a written accusation filed Feb. 13, the state moved to revoke or suspend the medical license of...

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