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.
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.
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.
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
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.
The 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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