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    THE PULSE: Keeping tabs on health & wellness issues

    MEDI-CAL BACKLOG: The California Department of Health Care Services is still struggling to clear out a backlog of Medi-Cal applications. The state was inundated with applications earlier this year after the Affordable Care Act expanded...

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    ASK EMILY: Will my Medi-Cal renewal get backlogged, too?

    Let's start with some good news (because everything is relative): The backlog of Medi-Cal applications that I called "monumental" last month is now merely "massive." About 600,000 people -- some of whom applied last year -- are still...

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    THE PULSE: Keeping tabs on health & wellness issues

    STARS OF HEALTH PLAN ENROLLMENT: Nonprofit health care provider Clinica Sierra Vista is having a couple of good weeks. In the past month, the chain of clinics that serves low-income patients in Kern and Fresno counties got two pieces of...

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    Motel living the only choice for many

    On a hot spring day, noticeably pregnant Cassandra Current sat on a small chair outside her Union Avenue motel room. The door to the room was open to let in what little breeze there was, but a sheet had been hung for privacy and to keep...

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    THE PULSE: Keeping tabs on health & wellness issues

    BE CAREFUL, STDS ARE RISING: The state is reminding sexually active adults to use protection during intercourse in light of a spike in sexually transmitted diseases. Last year, California had 216,000 reported STDs, the California...

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    ASK EMILY: Help! Help! Out-of-network emergency woes

    Last year, I developed an antibiotic-resistant infection on my arm when I was traveling on the East Coast. With each day, it grew scarier and more painful, and it was spreading. Like a good girl, I called my health insurance company here...

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    Locally, observers are split on high court's ruling

    In Bakersfield, abortion opponents applauded the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby, which had challenged a mandate to cover contraception along with other preventive services at no extra charge to insured employees. "Of...

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    THE PULSE: Valley fever training and procedure database

    VALLEY FEVER TRAINING: The Health Officers Association of California is developing a continuing medical education program on the diagnosis and treatment of valley fever. Also called coccidioidomycosis, valley fever is an infection caused...

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    Obamacare open enrollment to resume in November

    Open enrollment to purchase individual health plans through the state's health insurance exchange will run from Nov. 15 to Feb. 15, 2015. It had been unclear when open enrollment would resume because of efforts to synchronize Covered...

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    THE PULSE: Keeping tabs on health & wellness issues

    FREE LECTURES FOR WOMEN: Dignity Health is sponsoring "Below the Belt," a series of free monthly women's health seminars . The seminars will cover a variety of obstetrics and gynecology topics. The first one is 6:30 p.m. June 25 at the...


    Huge change 'inevitable' in public health care

    If it happens, it will represent one of the biggest changes to public health care in Kern County since the establishment of the Medi-Cal safety net. While Kern County supervisors on Monday cheered a proposal to merge Kern Medical Center...


    Valley fever research eligible for new federal funding

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has decided to include the fungus that causes valley fever on a list of qualifying pathogens mandated by the Generating Antibiotic Incentives Now, or GAIN, Act. The law created incentives for the...

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    THE PULSE: America leads the world in obesity

    Shocking news: Americans are fat. The United States had 13 percent of the global population of overweight and obese people last year despite accounting for just 5 percent of the world's population, according to a new analysis of trend data... Daily Deal!

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