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March 16, 1986
The Times' special supplement "Health Care Challenge: Cost vs. Quality" (March 2) is an informative and thought-provoking review of some of the major issues facing the future of health care delivery in California. Unfortunately for your readers, the listing of community health clinics is incomplete. North County Health Services has been providing much-needed medical and health education services throughout North and East County since 1971 and is the only health care provider in some of the county's more isolated and rural areas.
March 19, 2014 | By Soumya Karlamangla and Chad Terhune
Under fire for a shortage of Latino sign-ups for Obamacare, the state's health insurance exchange is looking for a booster shot from a well-established Southern California clinic chain. One recent weekday, Maria de Lourdes Martinez sat at a cubicle inside an AltaMed enrollment office in East Los Angeles browsing through the health plans available under the Affordable Care Act. Martinez, 49, of Rosemead, came to this strip-mall storefront across from a Starbucks because she'd brought her grandmother to an AltaMed clinic before.
August 14, 1987
I am writing with a sigh of relief that finally school-based clinics (Part I, July 23) have come to the Los Angeles Schools. Not one, but three and there certainly is a need for them. Los Angeles School Nurses work with a cross-section of young people. They come from diverse socio-economic, ethnic and religious backgrounds. Frequently the school nurse finds it a major challenge to refer low-income families for the simplest of medical services that many of us take for granted. School nurses are "magicians" at coming up with resources for those in need.
March 12, 2014 | By James Rainey
A nonprofit that operates 10 health centers downtown, in South Los Angeles and in Compton will increase its employees' pay to a minimum of $15 an hour in what it deemed an anti-poverty measure intended to jump-start "living wage" efforts around the region. The wage hike by St. John's Well Child and Family Center, to be announced Thursday, will increase the pay of 137 workers, many of whom now make $11 to $12 an hour. The chief executive of the health provider said that as it celebrates its 50th year in existence, St. John's wants to honor its historic roots.
September 12, 2010 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
Stung by a budget stalemate that is costing Los Angeles County community clinics more than $330,000 a day in reimbursements, many clinic managers have been forced to take out loans and contemplate cuts to staff and services. Without the funds from Medi-Cal, the state insurance program for low-income patients, 41 clinics statewide have applied for loans from a fund created in response to the budget impasse. With $22 million available and $31 million in requests, organizers have approved only 27 loans, said Sean South, spokesman for the groups that created the fund.
July 14, 2010 | By Shane Goldmacher, Los Angeles Times
Health clinics that serve hundreds of thousands of California residents face the prospect of not being paid as the state lurches toward a third week of a budget stalemate — despite assertions by the state controller and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's administration that providers of healthcare for the poor would be immune from missed payments. Without a spending plan in place, California cannot legally pay all its bills. But the controller said in June that all institutional health providers would be paid this year because of provisions in the federal stimulus act. Turns out, that was wrong.
In response to a television report about illegal storefront health clinics operating in the San Fernando Valley and elsewhere, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has voted to convene a task force on the matter. For the television news story, shown on KCBS-TV Channel 2 on Monday night, reporters posing as patients complaining of coughs and other mild symptoms visited several such clinics and were prescribed antibiotics and other remedies.
June 27, 1990 | JACK SEARLES
The Ventura County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a plan to consolidate eight health clinics and to establish a new branch of a mental health outreach program in Oxnard. Under the plan, eight clinics in Oxnard will be consolidated into one at the Centerpoint Mall at Saviers Road and Channel Islands Boulevard. The new clinic is expected to open early next year. The plan was praised as "exactly the kind of thing we need" by Supervisor Maggie H. Erickson.
July 3, 1990 | LANIE JONES
Saying that more than 6,000 needy residents will benefit, leaders from nine Orange County health clinics on Monday applauded a county plan to spend $2.79 million so the clinics can contract with doctors and hospitals to care for their patients. Joan Furman, president of the Coalition of Orange County Community Clinics, said the funds will enable thousands of indigent patients to receive continuing, cost-effective care instead of landing in an emergency room when their condition is critical.
June 25, 1990 | JACK SEARLES
The Health Care Agency will seek approval Tuesday from the County Board of Supervisors to consolidate eight Oxnard clinics into a single facility in the Centerpoint Mall. At least six and possibly all eight of the units would be closed when the move is made after the end of the year, said Phillipp K. Wessels, agency director. The clinics serve Oxnard, Port Hueneme and Camarillo residents. Six of them specialize in fields such as immunization, family planning and sexually transmitted diseases.
December 30, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
The Motion Picture & Television Fund and the union representing its nursing staff have agreed to a new contract, ending a year-long labor dispute at the Woodland Hillls-based retirement community. On Friday, members of SEIU-UHW overwhelmingly voted in favor of a new three-year contract that provides 1% annual pay increases for about 500 custodial staff, nursing staff and other employees of the fund, according to two people close to the negotiations who asked not to be identified because they were not authorized to comment.
October 28, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
While politicians continue to debate Obamacare, a large crowd of uninsured and underinsured people lined up outside the Los Angeles Sports Arena on Monday morning, hoping to get free health and dental care at this year's annual Care Harbor clinic. Some camped out overnight. Others trickled in during the wee hours. By 8 a.m., organizers estimated, a couple thousand people were waiting calmly in a line that snaked around the Los Angeles Sports Arena, doubling back on itself. At the head of the line, they received wristbands marked with the day of the week they could return for care -- Thursday through Sunday.
October 4, 2013
Re "Taking roll in California," Opinion, Sept. 30 It's good to see California Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris team up with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to sound the alarm about truancy. Truancy predicts crime. It's a lot easier to get kids back to school than it is to deal with the aftermath for the rest of their lives. Harris and Duncan suggest a tough policy: "Hold accountable everyone who bears responsibility for getting kids to school. " But as former L.A. Unified School District Supt.
September 23, 2013 | By Anna Gorman
Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science will receive $1.5 million to educate more low-income students who are interested in becoming health professionals, President David Carlisle said Monday. The grant comes from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, which also awarded nearly $2 million to health clinics and first-responder agencies throughout Los Angeles County. Saban Community Clinic, Venice Family Clinic, Planned Parenthood Los Angeles and the Maple Counseling Center all received grants.
June 22, 2013 | By Angel Jennings and Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times
The sand-colored mosque rises against the San Gabriel Mountains, its blue-tiled dome and six minarets cutting a striking profile in an industrial area of Rowland Heights. Inside, lush tapestries from Pakistan adorn the walls, and ornate chandeliers from Dubai hang over the prayer rooms. At the head of the men's prayer space, the 99 names of Allah are engraved in Islamic calligraphy into glass around the Arabic symbol for God. After four years of construction and $5.5 million in fundraising, the Islamic Center of San Gabriel Valley formally opened its soaring new mosque Saturday.
March 12, 2013 | By Nelson Lichtenstein
If it is done right, the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) may well promise uninsured Americans a lot more than cheap, reliable medical care. It can also open the door to the democratic empowerment of millions of poor people, who are often alienated from much of the nation's civic life, by strengthening the organizations that give them a voice. This year more than 30 million uninsured Americans are to begin signing up for Obamacare, but the vast majority of those eligible for either the expanded Medicaid program, or for subsidized private health insurance through state health exchanges, have no idea how to enroll.
August 14, 1997 | JERRY HICKS
My children are so precious to me, as I'm sure yours are to you, I doubt I could sleep at night if my wife and I did not have adequate health insurance for them. But what about those who just don't have the money for their children's medical needs? Those folks' youngsters areprecious to them too.
February 3, 2013 | By Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times
Recognizing the high cost of treating homeless patients, Los Angeles County plans to open a health clinic inside a skid row apartment building. Residents of the 102-unit building, scheduled to open this summer on 6th Street, will be carefully chosen based on their health needs and their regular use of the emergency healthcare system. "We're looking at our folks who are at risk of further deterioration and death and who are seen frequently in our expensive emergency rooms," said Marc Tortz, who directs the Housing for Health office for the county's Department of Health Services.
August 26, 2012 | By Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times
Thirteen-year-old Stephanie Cota pulled up her sleeve and glanced at the needle. "Is it gonna hurt?" she asked. "You'll feel it, but you look like a strong girl," said Yadira Guerra, a licensed vocational nurse. "Just turn the other way. " When Cota started 7th grade this month, school officials told her she needed a whooping cough vaccine. On Saturday, she and her family came to a free health fair at Jesse Owens park in South Los Angeles to get the immunization. Hundreds of families attended the event, which included the vaccinations, along with vision, hearing and dental screenings.
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