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June 7, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON -- A federal appeals court in New Orleans is expected to hear arguments Thursday over the legality of implementing a Texas rule that bans Planned Parenthoodclinics from a state and federally funded health program for uninsured, low-income women. “What's at stake is whether low-income women will be able to access healthcare services,” Melaney Linton, president and chief executive of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast in Houston, told The Times. “It's virtually impossible for other health centers to pick up the clients that were served under this program by Planned Parenthood.” The TexasWomen's HealthProgram last year had a budget of $41 million, about $13 million of it for Planned Parenthood clinics and about 90% of the money from the federal government.
December 19, 2013 | By Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO -- State Senate leader Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) on Thursday proposed resurrecting state grants for county programs that deal with mentally ill people who run afoul of the law. After a decade of state funding, the Mentally Ill Offender Crime Reduction Grants ceased in 2008 due to budget cuts. Steinberg is seeking to restore funding, starting with $50 million. Unless Steinberg finds room elsewhere in the upcoming 2014 state budget, the funding is contingent on whether Gov. Jerry Brown receives a delay in a federal court order to reduce crowding in state prisons.
December 3, 1991 | CAITLIN ROTHER
Hundreds of Ventura County employees will receive bonuses this month for taking part in a health program that encourages them to quit smoking, lose weight or participate in other health-saving activities. Under the county's Reach Out for Wellness Program, employees earn points for being examined for problems such as high cholesterol and high body fat, said program administrator Susan Heller.
December 14, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett has lately been getting credit in the political press for being one of those Republican governors coming around on the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Advocates for the underprivileged can't understand why. They're right to wonder. Corbett's "Healthy Pennsylvania" plan, which was released for public comment this week, is a sham. It would reduce health benefits for many of his neediest citizens and impose punitive conditions on their coverage.
February 25, 1996
Orange County long has had problems delivering health care to the poor, from the days when the county-owned hospital continually lost money to recent years when people waited until their health deteriorated to crisis level before seeking help. That meant higher cost for treatment in an emergency room than a preventive visit to a doctor's office. For their part, doctors treating poor patients complained about low payments from Medi-Cal, high paperwork loads and a daunting bureaucracy.
May 2, 2004 | Ameet Sachdev, Tribune Staff Reporter
A class-action lawsuit seeking to improve healthcare for poor children in Cook County is scheduled to go to trial this week -- 12 years after it was filed. The suit contends that Illinois has violated federal law by failing to ensure that poor children receive appropriate preventative medicine, from immunizations to tests for lead in their blood.
September 15, 1996 | WILLIAM G. STEINER, William G. Steiner is an Orange County supervisor and a former director of Orangewood Children's Home
While most everyone agrees that public safety should have a high priority in the allocation of our tax dollars, this funding should be balanced by an investment in the social fabric of a community. It gives little comfort to citizens to be safe from violence while having their quality of life deteriorate in other ways.
As Congress approaches final votes on the proposed balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution, battle lines are already forming around one of the government's costliest and fastest growing programs--Medicare, the giant health program for the elderly. House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), calling recently for a task force to "rethink Medicare from the ground up," has made it clear that the program will be one of the targets as legislators look for ways to balance the federal budget.
As Gov. Pete Wilson surrounded himself with poor children Friday to try to gain attention for a new health program he is backing, Bill Camp watched with disdain. Camp, a longtime Democratic activist who is president of the Sacramento city school board, wonders what this Republican governor, who says children are his top priority, has in mind.
May 1, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
Goalkeeper Josh Saunders will be lost to the Galaxy for an indefinite period after being enrolled in Major League Soccer's substance abuse and behavioral health program. The Galaxy was informed Friday that Saunders would be unavailable to play until he completes a treatment protocol. Team officials insisted Tuesday that Saunders did not fail a league-administered drug test but have been evasive in explaining his absence. Saunders missed Saturday's tie with FC Dallas and is unavailable for Wednesday night's match in Seattle, with Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena saying only that the keeper was missing for "personal reasons.
October 7, 2013 | By Zulfiqar Ali and Mark Magnier
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - A bomb exploded near a government health center Monday in northwestern Pakistan as anti-polio kits were being distributed, killing two people and wounding at least 12, Pakistani officials said. The explosion in a suburb of Peshawar, the capital of restive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province near the Afghan border, was apparently detonated by remote control. It was the latest in a series of attacks on polio workers in Pakistan. A policeman and a volunteer peace committee member were killed in the blast, which appeared to target police assigned to protect vaccinators shortly before they headed into nearby neighborhoods to administer the anti-polio vaccine, authorities said.
September 12, 2013 | David Lazarus
CVS Caremark insists that it's just complying with federal law by informing customers that their medical information could be "redisclosed" if they sign up for the company's prescription-drug reward program. Privacy experts, though, question whether CVS is complying with state law. "California's privacy law is stricter than federal law," said Charles Googooian, a La Canada Flintridge lawyer who specializes in medical-privacy issues. "It doesn't seem like CVS is complying with either the spirit or the letter of state law. " CVS has been scrambling to defend its ExtraCare Pharmacy & Health Rewards program since I recently reported that customers are being required to give up important federal privacy safeguards in return for up to $50 a year in store credits.
July 28, 2013 | By Alene Tchekmedyian
The Burbank Police Department's mental health evaluation team is one of six local law enforcement agencies to be honored for its efforts by the state attorney general. When established roughly a year ago, the Burbank evaluation team was tasked with responding to an uptick in mental health calls citywide, which had jumped from 293 calls in 2008 to 567 last year, officials said. “Officers would triage such incidents, but there was no structure to provide follow-up or long-term care,” Atty.
June 6, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
The 2010 federal healthcare law will make health coverage available to millions of the uninsured, but it won't reach all of them. In California, county health officials and the Brown administration are now tussling over how much to spend on the remaining uninsured, and on county health programs in general. Gov. Jerry Brown wants to reclaim some of the state tax dollars that counties have been spending because there will be fewer uninsured to care for, and that's not unreasonable. But the state should be careful not to undermine the counties' efforts to protect public health, nor should it deny them the ability to care for more people in a more cost-effective way, if they choose.
May 7, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
State Senate leader Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) on Tuesday proposed a plan to significantly increase mental health services in California with the goal of reducing the number of people ending up in prison, jail and emergency rooms. Steinberg said the plan is in response to the Newtown, Conn., school massacre, in which a gunman killed 20 students and six adults, as well as a scandal involving a Nevada hospital dumping patients in other states, and the recent order by a federal court to further cut the number of inmates in California prisons “It's time for action,” he told reporters at the Capitol.
March 20, 2013 | By Walter Hamilton, This post has been updated. See below for details.
Employees at one of the nation's largest drugstore chains must disclose personal health information -- including their weight -- or pay a $600-a-year fine, according to a published report. CVS Caremark Corp. is requiring workers to reveal the information to their company's insurance carrier or pay an extra $50 a month for health coverage, according to the Boston Herald. CVS could not immediately be reached for comment. But a spokesman told the newspaper that “our benefits program is evolving to help our colleagues take more responsibility for improving their health and managing health-associated costs.” Employees must reveal their weight, height, body fat and blood pressure, the paper reported.
May 22, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
Galaxy goalkeeper Josh Saunders, who left the team a month ago to enroll in Major League Soccer's substance abuse and behavioral health program, was back on the training field Tuesday. But it's unclear how long it will be before he can play again. Saunders, who held the Houston Dynamo scoreless in last November's MLS Cup final, said he was not being treated for drug or alcohol abuse, attributing his absence to personal issues. "I was under some stress," said Saunders, 31, who started this season as a starting keeper for the first time in his eight-year MLS career.
February 22, 1999 | RONALD BROWNSTEIN, Ronald Brownstein's column appears in this space every Monday
Big changes are often measured in small steps. Like the ones that will soon carry 11-year-old Luisanna Padilla from her home in this bustling corner of the Bronx into a hospital for a long-overdue operation. It's been five years since Luisanna's mother, Maria Valdez, first noticed that the girl was suffering from an unusual number of ear infections. Then a teacher observed that Luisanna was having trouble breathing when she spoke in class--and sent home a note saying she might need surgery.
March 18, 2013 | By Lee Romney, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has thrown its weight behind Laura's Law - which allows counties to create court-ordered outpatient mental health treatment for the severely ill who have cycled through hospitals or jails and refused voluntary care - saying in a resolution that such programs have been shown to "significantly reduce" homelessness, hospitalization and arrest. The resolution, authored by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, directs the county's chief executive and legislative advocates to get behind five new state bills that would make it easier for counties to create such programs and secure "mental health treatment for those who refuse to get help on their own. " The back story: State lawmakers passed Laura's Law, patterned after New York state's Kendra's Law but which came with no funding, in 2002.
March 12, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - Reprising austerity themes that define the party, House Republicans unveiled a budget proposal Tuesday that they say would achieve the ambitious goal of balancing in 10 years, but it has no chance of acceptance by Democrats in what is largely an opening bid in talks with President Obama. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, the former GOP vice presidential nominee and the party's most influential budget guru, resumed his effort to revamp Medicare and other social safety net programs, bolster the Pentagon and dramatically lower tax rates to no more than 25% for individuals and corporations.
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