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June 6, 2006
Re "Kaiser Marketing Practices Investigated," June 1 I received all correspondence from Kaiser about the transfer from outside physicians to Kaiser staff physicians, including the pamphlet with the names and small descriptions of the doctors available. I've already called in and registered with my choice, which is effective July 1. Kaiser was clear that there had to be this change for us. NINA LEE Rancho Mirage
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BUSINESS
April 21, 2014 | By Chad Terhune
With open enrollment for Obamacare wrapped up, insurance giant Anthem Blue Cross stayed ahead of the pack in California sign-ups and widened its lead over rival Blue Shield of California. Anthem signed up 425,058 people through April 15, or 30.5% of Covered California's exchange market under the Affordable Care Act, new data show. Anthem is a unit of Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc., the nation's second-largest health insurer. San Francisco insurer Blue Shield of California trails Anthem with a 27.3% share, or 381,457 enrollees.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 1998
Re "State Investigates Kaiser's Refusal to Provide Viagra," July 3: How arrogant of state Sen. John Vasconcellos (D-Santa Clara) to think he could take away every Californian's right to the best HMO the state has to offer. I am appalled by the thought that Kaiser's excellent service should not be available to me any longer, simply because it chooses to avoid rising costs due to the craze on Viagra, by not covering the costs of the pill. Kaiser is the best health care there is--I have tried other HMOs and was shocked by the bad service and hassles I encountered and would not appreciate being forced to go back to any one of them.
BUSINESS
March 10, 2014 | By Chad Terhune
For the seventh consecutive year, Kaiser Permanente ranked highest in customer satisfaction for health insurance among California policyholders, according to ratings firm J.D. Power & Associates. But two other major rivals -- Blue Shield of California and Anthem Blue Cross -- scored the lowest on member satisfaction among seven California health plans. In its annual survey, J.D. Power surveyed more than 34,000 customers of 136 commercial health plans in December and January in 18 regions across the country.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 1998
Re "Kaiser, Citing Cost, Won't Pay for Viagra," June 20: While I sympathize with the problem of impotency, I must applaud Kaiser's decision to refuse coverage for Viagra, the outlandishly expensive new designer drug from Pfizer. Faced with numerous patients eagerly demanding the newest medical "miracle" cure, the easy out for Kaiser would have been to simply cover the drug, then quietly pass the cost on to other subscribers. Surprisingly, Kaiser just said no. This has set an interesting and challenging precedent.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 1987
What a feeling of sadness the announcement of the closing of Kaiser's steel plant brings! It is like watching a giant die of Alzheimer's disease. During World War II, Kaiser was a major factor in this country's victory over Japan. Plants and shipyards bloomed overnight all along the Pacific Coast, with particularly large ones on opposite sides of the Columbia River, in Portland, Ore., and Vancouver, Wash. So many workers had to be imported to run those plants that Kaiser built an entire little city, called "Vanport" for them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 2010 | By Paul Pringle, Los Angeles Times
In the biggest private-sector labor election since 1941, the giant Service Employees International Union has decisively defeated an insurgent group to continue representing about 43,000 Kaiser healthcare workers in California. The SEIU received 18,290 votes to 11,364 for the National Union of Healthcare Workers, which was launched last year by several former leaders of the larger organization. The mail ballots went out in mid-September and the count was completed late Thursday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 2001 | From Times Staff, Wire Reports
Kaiser announced plans to raise the salaries of registered nurses by 14% over the next 11 months, more than four times the increase required by the nurses' current contract. The raises, which affect about 9,600 nurses, come in response to the intense competition among Northern California hospitals to recruit nurses, said Kaiser spokesman Tom Debley. Kaiser was at a disadvantage in recruiting and retaining nurses compared with other organizations, Debley said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 1997 | GREG KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Kaiser International Corp. of San Pedro is under criminal investigation for allegedly ignoring hazards that led to the grisly death last year of a veteran longshoreman, according to a search warrant affidavit filed by the district attorney's office.
NEWS
April 20, 2001 | Associated Press
An American priest and human rights activist whose death stirred an outcry in Kenya last year apparently shot himself in the head, the FBI said Thursday. "During the course of this investigation, no indications of crime developed," Thomas Carey, assistant special agent in charge of the investigation into the death of the Rev. John Kaiser of Minnesota, said in Nairobi, the Kenyan capital. Kaiser, 67, was found dead along a busy highway Aug. 24. Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-Minn.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 12, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
Sid Caesar was a comic pioneer on television, anchoring “Your Show of Shows” with his irreverent, often physical comedy. But the actor, who died Wednesday at 91 , also made his presence felt in a hit movie several decades later. In 1982's “My Favorite Year,” the character Stan “King” Kaiser (Joseph Bologna) is based on Caesar, a tough-minded actor on the movie's fictional variety show. Richard Benjamin's film looks at the arrival of a swashbuckling alcoholic actor named Allan Swann  (Peter O'Toole, channeling the spirit of Errol Flynn)
BUSINESS
January 15, 2014 | By Chad Terhune
Amid further delays for consumers, California's two largest health insurers extended payment deadlines once more for people who signed up for Jan. 1 coverage through the Covered California exchange. Anthem Blue Cross, a unit of industry giant WellPoint Inc., said it is giving new enrollees until Jan. 31 to pay their first month's premium. Kaiser Permanente, the state's largest HMO, extended the deadline to Jan. 22. Wednesday remains the official deadline for other policies purchased through the Covered California exchange, but its 11 insurers are free to grant extra time, and customers are urged to check with their specific health plan.
BUSINESS
December 10, 2013 | By Chad Terhune
Healthcare giant Kaiser Permanente has notified about 49,000 patients of a privacy breach at its Anaheim Medical Center. Kaiser said a computer flash drive was reported missing Sept. 25 inside the hospital's nuclear medicine department. The storage drive included patient names, date of birth, their medical record number and the type and amount of a specific medication. The files didn't contain Social Security numbers or financial information, the company said. "Kaiser Permanente takes the protection of our members' personal and health information seriously, and we apologize for this occurrence," said Kaiser spokeswoman Peggy Hinz.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 2013 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO - California authorities are investigating whether laws were broken when a government regulator went to work for healthcare giant Kaiser Permanente, a company she spent years investigating for the state. Marcy Gallagher was a supervising attorney at the California Department of Managed Health Care, where she participated in several investigations of Kaiser. Last year, she left state employment and joined the company, where she works in a unit that responds to California regulators.
OPINION
November 19, 2013 | Patt Morrison
He might have become a doctor like his father, but a grad school (Harvard) summer job researching health policy changed all that. Now as the head of the Kaiser Family Foundation, Drew Altman deals not with lab numbers for a few patients but with healthcare data for millions. For years he headed up state and federal programs on welfare reform, homelessness and Medicaid. Since 1991, he's shaped the Menlo Park-based foundation as "a trusted source of information in a healthcare world dominated by vested interests.
BUSINESS
October 21, 2013 | By Shan Li
Some of the top employers looking to hire in Los Angeles include fast-food chain McDonald's and healthcare provider Kaiser Permanente. That's according to a new report from job site SimplyHired.com, which took a look at the companies posting the most job openings in cities around the country. In Los Angeles, McDonald's currently has about 1,600 jobs open in the city, while Kaiser Permanente has about 1,500 positions available. 24 Hour Fitness (1,200), USC (900) and Citigroup (775)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 1996
My thanks to Ellen Goodman for "The Latest HMO Outrage: Drive-Thru Mastectomy" (Commentary, Nov. 18). Last week I became an uninformed victim of this inhumane practice at Kaiser-Permanente, Los Angeles. I want to acquaint women with my firsthand experience of this degradation and urge my fellow HMO patients to contact their Washington legislators. My mastectomy and lymph node removal took place at 7:30 a.m., Nov. 13. I was released at 2:30 p.m. that same day. I received notice, the day before surgery, from my doctor that mastectomy was an outpatient procedure at Kaiser and I'd be released the same day. Shocked by this news, I told my surgeon of my previous complications with anesthesia and the fact that I have a cervical spine condition, which adds an additional consideration for any surgery.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 12, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
Sid Caesar was a comic pioneer on television, anchoring “Your Show of Shows” with his irreverent, often physical comedy. But the actor, who died Wednesday at 91 , also made his presence felt in a hit movie several decades later. In 1982's “My Favorite Year,” the character Stan “King” Kaiser (Joseph Bologna) is based on Caesar, a tough-minded actor on the movie's fictional variety show. Richard Benjamin's film looks at the arrival of a swashbuckling alcoholic actor named Allan Swann  (Peter O'Toole, channeling the spirit of Errol Flynn)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
Amid concern among some experts that the healthcare giant had been slow to act, Kaiser Permanente has announced it will join a Los Angeles County patient transfer network that quickly gets victims of severe heart attacks to specially equipped hospitals to reduce chances of serious complications or death. The transfer system allows emergency departments to use the 911 medical response network to rapidly shift the patients to nearby facilities prepared to perform immediate angioplasty procedures that open blocked blood passages.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 2013 | By David Ng
Following a highly public spat last year with advocacy groups for Latino Americans, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., announced Thursday that its annual honors recognizing artists in various fields will feature two Latino names. Musician Carlos Santana and opera singer Martina Arroyo are among the five talents recognized in the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors. The other honorees are Shirley MacLaine, Billy Joel and jazz pianist Herbie Hancock. The annual ceremony is scheduled to take place Dec. 8 at the Kennedy Center and will be broadcast on CBS on Dec. 29. PHOTOS: Arts and culture in pictures by The Times In 2012, the Kennedy Center was criticized by two Latino advocacy groups for the lack of Latinos in the awards' 35-year history.
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