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    ASK EMILY: Last chance: The Obamacare deadline is here

    Here it comes, folks, the deadline that I have been harping on for months: March 31 marks the end of Obamacare's inaugural open-enrollment period and your last chance to sign up for a health plan through the state's health insurance...

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    Mercy Southwest to build 120-bed tower

    Dignity Health plans to build a four-story, 120-bed addition on the eastern end of its 150,000-square-foot Mercy Southwest campus at Stockdale Highway and Old River Road. The new $150 million tower would allow the hospital to expand...

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    The pulse: Keeping tabs on health & wellness issues

    OBESITY LINK TO ADHD MEDS: Among the downsides of taking stimulants to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is that they suppress the appetite and stunt growth. With so many of the young people who take ADHD medicines being...


    Health care signups get push

    When Angel Martinez signed up for health insurance at a Covered California enrollment workshop Saturday, it was the first time in his life he had ever had a policy. At 52, Martinez has several health issues he's looking forward to...

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    Enrollment events help uninsured sign up through Covered California

    As the open enrollment deadline approaches for Covered California, there will be two enrollment workshops at the East Bakersfield Community Health Center this week. Consumers have until March 31 to sign up for insurance through the state...

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    The pulse: Keeping tabs on health & wellness issues

    BETTER PLANNING TO CLEAN AIR: The American Lung Association is calling on urban planners to get people out of their cars and out onto sidewalks by changing the way they design neighborhoods. Residential designs that wrap homes inside...


    Families at autism conference offer practical advice, comfort

    Like any proud father, Dr. Robert Naseef cherishes a delivery room photo shot shortly after the birth of his child. In it, Naseef cradles son Tariq in his arms, and they gaze at each other. "Look at the eye contact," he said, using a laser...

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    THE PULSE: Keeping tabs on health and wellness issues, including water

    BE PATRIOTIC! DRINK WATER: For other moms, there is some validation in waving a newspaper at stubborn kids and saying, “See? It’s in the paper!” Doesn’t work as well when you’re a journalist who covers health care. Said children roll...

  9. Local doctor ordered to stop practicing

    The Medical Board of California has issued a cease practice order to Bakersfield doctor Savita P. Shertukde, who until a few years ago was a contract pathologist at Kern Medical Center. Shertukde is accused of failing to follow through on...

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    Another Obamacare frustration: long hold times

    Employees in the billing office of San Dimas Medical Group have been tearing their hair out since the new year, when patients who had purchased health plans made possible by the Affordable Care Act began streaming into the group's...

  11. Medical board seeks to revoke local doctor's license to practice

    The Medical Board of California is going after the license of local physician Maria Socorro Rolland, who is accused of writing and refilling prescriptions for eight people who were not her patients, most of them friends and relatives....

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    Covered California portal back online

    The enrollment website where Californians can apply for health coverage through Covered California or Medi-Cal became operational again Monday after nearly a week offline. Part of the Covered California website ( was...

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    ASK EMILY: Managing your money under Obamacare

    My inbox is brimming with your personal Obamacare stories, and most of them aren't joyous odes to the new health law. Sure, I've received a handful of emails from satisfied customers, but most of the happy people don't have much reason to... Daily Deal!

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