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Flu is Widespread in California This Season: LifeLong Medical Care’s Immediate/Urgent Care Centers Can Help, Dec 22, 2017

BERKELEY, CA, December 22, 2017 – ​​The flu is already widespread in California this season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). People at high risk of complications or who have trouble breathing should get a medical check-up for possible treatment with anti-viral drugs, recommends a LifeLong Medical Care doctor.

 

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Health Funding for Clinics, Kids and the Homeless in Limbo as Congress Fights, San Francisco, Oct 31 2017

A health clinic in the Mission District has shelved plans to hire a health educator. An East Oakland clinic is delaying a remodel. And a San Francisco program that uses a van to provide medical outreach to homeless people on the street could be on the chopping block.

Across the country, 1,400 community clinics that care for some of the poorest people in the United States are anxiously making contingency plans to cope with potential funding cuts, all because Congress allowed a critical program to lapse.

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Richmond clinics to lose major funding source unless Congress votes tomorrow, September 29

Republicans recently failed again to repeal the Affordable Care Act. But if Congress doesn’t act by tomorrow, Contra Costa County health clinics that serve thousands of low-income patients could still lose millions of dollars in federal funding.

In Richmond and surrounding communities, many low-income, Medi-Cal and uninsured patients rely heavily on the facilities that the Community Health Center Fund has supported since its initiation in 2010. But that source of support is set to expire tomorrow, September 30, unless Congress votes to extend it.

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2018 Annual Gala

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More than 250 people attended LifeLong Medical Care’s sold-out Gala Feb. 24 at the Claremont Club & Spa in Berkeley.

The annual fundraiser featured a special “fund-a-need” event, which benefitted LifeLong’s Dental Program this year. A video presentation highlighted the dental program and LifeLong’s commitment to ensuring that dental health is part of overall physical health. You can see the video here: https://youtu.be/pZHHwM3HYX8

Jana Katsuyama, award-winning reporter with KTVU Fox 2 News, served as Special Presenter for the gala. Dr. Mostafa Barakzoy, DDS, LifeLong’s Dental Director, introduced the evening’s guest speaker, Dr. Ray Stewart, DDS. Dr. Stewart is the Director of the Institute for Pediatric Dentistry at University of California San Francisco and a full professor at UCSF.

Dr. Brazell H. Carter, MD, an internal medicine Staff Physician at LifeLong and long-time practitioner and leader at health centers and hospitals throughout the Bay Area, was the recipient of the Bobbie Singer Award. The award is given in honor of long-time health care advocate, Rosalind “Bobbie” Singer, who passed away this year.

Our sincerest appreciation to everyone who supported this event — those who attended in-person as well as those who were not able to attend. Our sponsors this year include: Presenting Sponsor: Sutter Health Alta Bates Summit Medical Center; Benefactor Sponsor: Kaiser Permanente; Partner Sponsor: Union Bank; Supporter Sponsors: Alameda Alliance for Health, Nonstop Wellness, and Suhr Risk Services; Champion Sponsors: Alameda Health Consortium, Center for Elder Independence, Community Health Center Network, Mechanics Bank, Oliver & Company, On Lok, and SGPA Architecture and Planning; Patron Sponsor: Pacific Service Credit Union; Friend Sponsors: CONCERN: EAP, and The Standard.
To view the event’s photo gallery, click here.
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Budget office: Senate health bill adds 22 million uninsured

The Senate Republican health care bill would leave 22 million more Americans uninsured in 2026 than under President Barack Obama's health care law, the Congressional Budget Office estimated Monday, complicating GOP leaders' hopes of pushing the plan

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House OKs new healthcare bill to replace Obamacare, May 04, WASHINGTON

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House of Representatives have narrowly approved a bill to erase much of Obama's health care law, answering campaign pledge and sending the measure to the the Senate.

President Trump and House Republican leaders held meetings late Wednesday trying to broker a deal within their party between moderates and House Freedom Caucus conservatives who had been at odds over the direction of the GOP health care bill.

House to vote on health care repeal Thur 0 3266787 ver1.0 640 360The breakthrough came after moderate Rep. Fred Upton (R-Michigan) proposed an amendment to add $8 billion over five years to help people with pre-existing conditions pay for insurance coverage.

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GOP health plan to cost older, poorer Californians far more, March 13

The health care bill proposed by House Republicans would disproportionately affect older and poorer Californians by shrinking federal assistance to hundreds of thousands of older people who buy plans on Covered California and by reducing federal funding to Medi-Cal, the insurance program for the poor, experts say.

The American Health Care Act, the GOP proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act, includes two provisions that health care experts calculate would lead to lower-income Californians in their 50s and 60s paying more for health care.

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A new plan to save Bay Area hospitals from closure, February 27, Oakland

OAKLAND — Bay Area politicians unveiled a new plan aimed at stopping a wave of hospital closures in California, including Berkeley’s Alta Bates Hospital, slated for closure as early as 2020, by giving the state Attorney General the authority to review the impact of the decision before allowing it to move forward.

The legislation, authored by state Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), focuses on not-for-profit hospitals, such as Kaiser, Alta Bates and Summit. Under current law, California hospitals are only required to give a 90-day notice to the Department of Public Health prior to shutting down operations. If passed, the hospital would also be required to hold at least one public hearing.

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U.S. Health Spending in 2015 Averaged Nearly $10,000 Per Person, December 2, Washington

WASHINGTON — Total spending on health care in the United States increased last year at the fastest rate since the 2008 recession, reaching $3.2 trillion, or an average of nearly $10,000 a person, the Department of Health and Human Services reported on Friday.

The growth coincided with continuing increases in the number of Americans with insurance coverage, through private health plans or Medicaid.

Federal spending on health care has increased by 21 percent over the past two years, as millions of Americans gained coverage through the Affordable Care Act, the department said in its annual report on health spending.

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New urgent care centers gaining ground in Bay Area, Berkeley, October 2, 2016

BERKELEY (KTVU) -- For patients who need emergency healthcare but aren't suffering from life threatening injuries, a new alternative is available to Bay Area residents.

One such center called LifeLong Immediate Care is one of a growing number of new urgent care clinics that are gaining ground in Northern California.

"There's not enough primary care doctors at this time to give everybody a regular guaranteed office visit at a moment’s notice so the urgent care clinics are taking that role," says Dr. Doug Spurr, a physician at LifeLong Immediate Care.

For patients who have a minor injury or illness and can skip a trip to the emergency room, LifeLong Medical Care in Berkeley may be an alternative. The company has a second center in San Pablo and is planning to open another campus in Richmond.

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