California

‘We’re Coming for You’: For Public Health Officials, a Year of Threats and Menace

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[Editor’s note: This article contains strong language that readers might find offensive or disturbing.] SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, Calif. — Dr. Gail Newel looks back on the past year and struggles to articulate exactly when the public bellows of frustration around her covid-related health orders morphed… Read More »‘We’re Coming for You’: For Public Health Officials, a Year of Threats and Menace

In California, Blue Shield’s Vaccination Takeover Fixes What Wasn’t Broken

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In California’s Mendocino County, public health officials and community clinics say they have hit their vaccination stride. This story also ran on The Mendocino Beacon. It can be republished for free. Despite the county’s remoteness and its largely rural population spread among wooded mountains, rugged… Read More »In California, Blue Shield’s Vaccination Takeover Fixes What Wasn’t Broken

It’s Not Just QAnon. Democrats and Independents Also Want to Recall California’s Governor.

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SACRAMENTO — California Gov. Gavin Newsom is framing the burgeoning effort to remove him from office as a fringe Republican movement backed by right-wing extremists, Trump supporters and QAnon conspiracy theorists. Use Our Content It can be republished for free. But Newsom isn’t telling the… Read More »It’s Not Just QAnon. Democrats and Independents Also Want to Recall California’s Governor.

Stop Blaming Tuskegee, Critics Say. It’s Not an ‘Excuse’ for Current Medical Racism.

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For months, journalists, politicians and health officials — including New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Dr. Anthony Fauci — have invoked the infamous Tuskegee syphilis study to explain why Black Americans are more hesitant than white Americans to get the coronavirus vaccine. This story is… Read More »Stop Blaming Tuskegee, Critics Say. It’s Not an ‘Excuse’ for Current Medical Racism.

How Covid Has Changed Our Movement, as Revealed by Your Cellphone

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In California, Caregivers of People With Disabilities Are Being Turned Away at COVID Vaccine Sites

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This story is part of a partnership that includes KPCC, NPR and KHN. It can be republished for free. In California, confusion and botched communication has caused some eligible parents and family caregivers of people with disabilities to be turned away at covid vaccination sites.… Read More »In California, Caregivers of People With Disabilities Are Being Turned Away at COVID Vaccine Sites

‘It’s a Minefield’: Biden Health Pick Must Tread Carefully on Abortion and Family Planning

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This story also ran on NPR. It can be republished for free. As President Joe Biden works to overhaul U.S. health care policy, few challenges loom larger for his health secretary than restoring access to family planning while parrying legal challenges to abortion proliferating across… Read More »‘It’s a Minefield’: Biden Health Pick Must Tread Carefully on Abortion and Family Planning

California Aims to Address the ‘Urgent’ Needs of Older Residents. But Will Its Plan Work?

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USE OUR CONTENT It can be republished for free. Even as the pandemic derailed some of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s biggest health care proposals, such as lowering prescription drug costs, it crystallized another: the pressing need to address California’s rapidly aging population. Already nine months into… Read More »California Aims to Address the ‘Urgent’ Needs of Older Residents. But Will Its Plan Work?

Remdesivir, Given to Half of Hospitalized Covid Patients in U.S., Is Big Win for Gilead — Boosted by Taxpayers

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It was the end of April — just as the U.S. confirmed its millionth covid-19 case and 50,000 deaths — when White House adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci announced “highly significant” news about a drug called remdesivir. That was surprising because the antiviral drug, owned by… Read More »Remdesivir, Given to Half of Hospitalized Covid Patients in U.S., Is Big Win for Gilead — Boosted by Taxpayers

Trump’s Pardons Included Health Care Execs Behind Massive Frauds

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At the last minute, President Donald Trump granted pardons to several individuals convicted in huge Medicare swindles that prosecutors alleged often harmed or endangered elderly and infirm patients while fleecing taxpayers. “These aren’t just technical financial crimes. These were major, major crimes,” said Louis Saccoccio,… Read More »Trump’s Pardons Included Health Care Execs Behind Massive Frauds

California Counties ‘Flying the Plane as We Build It’ in a Plodding Vaccine Rollout

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USE OUR CONTENT It can be republished for free. In these first lumbering weeks of the largest vaccination campaign in U.S. history, Dr. Julie Vaishampayan has had a battlefront view of a daunting logistical operation. Vaishampayan is the health officer in Stanislaus County, an almond-growing… Read More »California Counties ‘Flying the Plane as We Build It’ in a Plodding Vaccine Rollout

With Becerra as HHS Pick, California Plots More Progressive Health Care Agenda

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SACRAMENTO — President-elect Joe Biden didn’t back “Medicare for All” during his campaign. Yet his choice of California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to serve in the nation’s top health care post is fueling California lawmakers’ most progressive health care dreams, including pursuing a government-run single-payer… Read More »With Becerra as HHS Pick, California Plots More Progressive Health Care Agenda

Biden to nominate California AG Xavier Becerra as HHS head

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President-elect Joe Biden named Xavier Becerra, the current California attorney general, as his nominee for HHS secretary. A 12-term congressman and vocal supporter of the ACA, Becerra would become the first Latino to lead the federal agency if confirmed.

Xavier Becerra en sus propias palabras: “La atención de salud es un derecho”

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El presidente electo Joe Biden nombró al fiscal general de California, Xavier Becerra, para dirigir el Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos (HHS) de los Estados Unidos. Becerra, quien sería el primer secretario latino del HHS, ha tomado algunas posiciones innovadoras en atención de salud,… Read More »Xavier Becerra en sus propias palabras: “La atención de salud es un derecho”

Why Was Chicken the Primary Source of Arsenic Exposure in Children?

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What was the National Chicken Council’s response to public health authorities calling for the industry to stop feeding arsenic-based drugs to poultry? “Dietary practices influence our exposure to pesticides, toxic heavy metals, persistent organic pollutants, and industrial pollutants….A diet high in fish and other animal products,… Read More »Why Was Chicken the Primary Source of Arsenic Exposure in Children?

Surging LA

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Use Our Content It can be republished for free. On a Monday afternoon in March, four days after Gov. Gavin Newsom issued the nation’s first statewide stay-at-home order to slow the spread of the coronavirus, some of Southern California’s most famous landmarks were deserted and… Read More »Surging LA

KHN on the Air This Week

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KHN Midwest correspondent Lauren Weber discussed COVID-19 surges in Wisconsin with Wisconsin Public Radio’s “Central Time” on Nov. 13. Click here to hear Weber on Wisconsin Public Radio California Healthline correspondent Angela Hart and editor Emily Bazar discussed how the Supreme Court case about the… Read More »KHN on the Air This Week

KHN on the Air This Week

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Columnist and California Healthline senior correspondent Bernard J. Wolfson discussed the start of open enrollment for health care plans in California with KPCC’s “Take Two” on Monday. Click here to hear Wolfson on KPCC Read Wolfson’s “It’s Open Enrollment. Here’s What You Need to Know.“… Read More »KHN on the Air This Week

String of FDA approvals gives momentum to liquid biopsies

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Following years of research and investment, liquid biopsies are steadily accumulating FDA approvals. The tests are being used in molecular profiling of solid tumors and as companion diagnostics for targeted cancer therapies.

California’s Progressive — and Expensive — Health Care Ambitions Rely on Biden Win

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SACRAMENTO — For deep blue California, where first-in-the-nation health care proposals regularly flood the Democratic agenda, there could not be more at stake in the presidential race. If Republican President Donald Trump prevails, Democratic state lawmakers worry, they’ll be forced to scale back their ambitious… Read More »California’s Progressive — and Expensive — Health Care Ambitions Rely on Biden Win

KHN on the Air This Week

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KHN chief Washington correspondent Julie Rovner discussed the current surge in COVID-19 cases, health policy in the election and the Affordable Care Act case before the Supreme Court with NPR’s “All Things Considered” on Sunday and WBUR’s “On Point.” Click here to hear Rovner on… Read More »KHN on the Air This Week

Democrats Link GOP Challengers to Trump’s COVID Record, Efforts to Undo Obamacare

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In a tweet to his 78,000 followers Sunday, U.S. Rep. Harley Rouda, a Democrat from Orange County, California, described his Republican opponent Michelle Steel’s attendance at an indoor fundraiser without a mask as “sickening.” Democratic U.S. Rep. Gil Cisneros also blasted his Republican opponent, Young… Read More »Democrats Link GOP Challengers to Trump’s COVID Record, Efforts to Undo Obamacare

App-Based Companies Pushing Prop. 22 Say Drivers Will Get Health Benefits. Will They?

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App-based driving services such as Uber, Lyft, DoorDash and Instacart are bankrolling California’s Proposition 22, which would keep their drivers classified as independent contractors, not employees. Leading into the Nov. 3 election, the ballot measure — which has become the most expensive in state history… Read More »App-Based Companies Pushing Prop. 22 Say Drivers Will Get Health Benefits. Will They?

Verily’s COVID Testing Program Halted in San Francisco and Oakland

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OAKLAND, Calif. — Amid fanfare in March, California officials celebrated the launch of a multimillion-dollar contract with Verily — Google’s health-focused sister company — that they said would vastly expand COVID testing among the state’s impoverished and underserved communities. But seven months later, San Francisco… Read More »Verily’s COVID Testing Program Halted in San Francisco and Oakland

Health Care Groups Dive Into Property Tax Ballot Fight, Eyeing Public Health Money

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SACRAMENTO — A November ballot initiative to raise property taxes on big-business owners in California is drawing unconventional political support from health care power players and public health leaders. They see Proposition 15 as a potential savior for chronically underfunded local health departments struggling to… Read More »Health Care Groups Dive Into Property Tax Ballot Fight, Eyeing Public Health Money

KHN on the Air This Week

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California Healthline correspondent Angela Hart discussed how the coronavirus pandemic has derailed California’s efforts to deal with homelessness on KPBS “Midday Edition” on Oct. 8. Click here to hear Hart on KPBS Read “Hard Lives Made Harder by COVID: Homeless Endure a ‘Slow-Moving Train Wreck,’”… Read More »KHN on the Air This Week

Kronos Bio raises $155M in private financing to advance lead leukemia drug into registration study next year

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The company has raised $148 million so far and plans to raise the remaining $7 million by next month. Its lead candidate is entospletinib, a SYK inhibitor acquired as part of a deal with Gilead Sciences last month, under development for patients with biomarker-defined acute… Read More »Kronos Bio raises $155M in private financing to advance lead leukemia drug into registration study next year

COVID Testing Choke Points

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In some ways, the nation’s COVID testing system is like a game of Jenga: When one piece falters, the entire tower collapses. Take Sacramento County, home to 1.5 million people and California’s capital. Coronavirus cases started surging in late June, and on July 15, 360… Read More »COVID Testing Choke Points

PPE Shortage Could Last Years Without Strategic Plan, Experts Warn

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Shortages of personal protective equipment and medical supplies could persist for years without strategic government intervention, officials from health care and manufacturing industries have predicted. Officials said logistical challenges continue seven months after the coronavirus reached the United States, as the flu season approaches and… Read More »PPE Shortage Could Last Years Without Strategic Plan, Experts Warn

California GOP Consultant Rues ‘Big Mistake’ That Led to Family’s COVID Infections

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SACRAMENTO — The tweet Richard Costigan posted July 23 was bluntly honest: “We tried our best to limit exposure to #COVID19 but we slipped up somewhere.” Costigan tweeted while waiting anxiously in the parking lot of a hospital outside Sacramento. The veteran Republican political consultant… Read More »California GOP Consultant Rues ‘Big Mistake’ That Led to Family’s COVID Infections

Medicaid Mystery: Millions of Enrollees Haven’t Materialized in California

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The predictions were dire: Coronavirus lockdowns would put millions of Americans out of work, stripping them of their health insurance and pushing them into Medicaid, the health insurance program for low-income people. In California, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration projected that the pandemic would force about… Read More »Medicaid Mystery: Millions of Enrollees Haven’t Materialized in California