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Anthem cites soaring drugs costs to justify 35% rate hike in California

Health insurance giant Anthem predicts Californians will pop a lot more pills next year. To make the case for a hefty premium hike in the state’s individual insurance market, Anthem Blue Cross has forecast a 30 percent jump in prescriptio...

By Chad Terhune California Healthline|

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    LA County declares its own hepatitis A outbreak; 10 infected include homeless

    Public health officials declared a hepatitis A outbreak in Los Angeles County on Tuesday, saying there are now 10 people infected, two of whom are homeless and contracted the potentially fatal liver disease locally. The two newer cases can’t be traced to San Diego County, where the infectious disease has affected 421 people, mostly among those who are homeless, said Dr. Barbara Ferrer, L.A. County Public Health Director during a report to the Board of Supervisors at its weekly...

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  • Hepatitis

    LA County has its own hepatitis A outbreak

    LOS ANGELES — Health officials said today that Los Angeles County has a hepatitis A outbreak based on two “community-acquired” cases that cannot be traced back to San Diego County or Santa Cruz. “We are in the situation of a hepatitis A outbreak ... as of this morning,” Public Health Department Director Barbara Ferrer told the Board of Supervisors. Most cases to date have been identified in patients who are homeless or drug users, but include...

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  • Health

    Healthcare: Uninsured rate in US falls to record low of 8.8%

    Three years after the Affordable Care Act’s coverage expansion took effect, the number of Americans without health insurance fell to 28.1 million in 2016, down from 29 million in 2015, according to a federal report released Tuesday. The latest numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau showed the nation’s uninsured rate dropped to 8.8 percent. It had been 9.1 percent in 2015. Both the overall number of uninsured and the percentage are record lows. The uninsured rate...

    By Phil Galewitz California Healthline|

  • Health

    Most effective tool for anti-vaccine crusaders: A note from the doctor

    Dr. Tara Zandvliet was inundated with calls and emails from parents last year, after California passed a law nixing personal beliefs as an exemption from school vaccinations. Suddenly, many parents sought exemptions for medical reasons. Someone even faked two medical exemption forms purportedly written by the San Diego pediatrician, copying a legitimate document she’d provided for a patient and writing in the names of students she’d never treated, she said. She learned of...

    By Ana B. Ibarra and Barbara Feder Ostrov California Healthline|

  • Wildlife health

    Reducing whale deaths: Rep. Alan Lowenthal bill aimed at curbing fatal ship strikes

    The 79-foot endangered blue whale that washed ashore in Northern California in May was no match for the ship that hit it. Nor was the 56-foot endangered fin whale found floating near the Port of Los Angeles two years ago. More than 80...

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  • Health

    Chronic happiness: How to actually enjoy getting older

    By all rights, Fletcher Hall should not be happy. At 76, the retired trade association manager has endured three heart attacks and eight heart bypass operations. He’s had four stents and a balloon inserted in his heart. He has diabetes, glaucoma, osteoarthritis in both knees and diabetic neuropathy in both legs. He can’t drive. He can’t travel much. He can’t see very well. And his heart condition severely limits his ability to exercise. On a good day, he can...

    By Bruce Horovitz California Healthline|

  • Health care industry

    Providence St. Joseph Health network to cover three Southern California counties

    Providence St. Joseph Health announced a new leadership structure on Thursday, Sept. 7, that will unify health services across three Southern California counties and work to allow patients seamless access throughout the region. The nonprofit health system owns 14 hospitals and 60 doctor’s offices in Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties. They now will be headed by Erik Wexler, who previously oversaw the Los Angeles region. Dr. Richard Afable, an executive for Orange...

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  • Technology

    Torrance company wins $500,000 NFL competition to build more protective football helmets

    A small Torrance engineering company has partnered with a Brea bicycle helmet manufacturer to win the top prize of $500,000 in an NFL-sponsored competition aimed at developing new technology to reduce concussions and other brain injuries from repeated impacts. The winning entry was announced Wednesday. Dynamic Research of Torrance and 6D Helmets partnered to develop an advanced material that absorbs certain measures of impact by more than 70 percent compared with foam material...

    Nick Green
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  • Immigration policy

    Southern California DACA recipients hope for the best, brace for the worst as Trump readies announcement

    A day before President Donald Trump was expected to announce his decision on an Obama-era program protecting young immigrants from deportation, dozens of young people who fear how they could be affected by the decision joined a Labor Day march in downtown Los Angeles Monday. Many vowed to defend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, that has allowed them to remain in the country. Though Trump has made no formal decision yet, news reports over the weekend...

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  • Drug addiction

    For low-income drug users, Medi-Cal offers a fresh start

    Breann Johnson stopped using heroin on Mother’s Day this year, determined to end her 13-year addiction. Days later, she began three months of residential treatment in Riverside — all paid for by California’s Medicaid program. Johnson, who has two young sons, said other inpatient drug rehab programs had refused to accept Medicaid, and she knew outpatient care would not be enough to break her habit. “I couldn’t stop,” said Johnson, 28.

    By Anna Gorman California Healthline|

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