Obama health plan hit by double-digit premium hikes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Premiums will go up sharply next year under President Barack Obama’s health care law, and many consumers will be down to just one insurer, the administration confirmed Monday. That’s sure to stoke another “Obamacare” controversy days before a presidential election. Before taxpayer-provided subsidies, premiums for a midlevel benchmark plan will increase an […]

Skyrocketing EpiPen Price Causes Outrage

(CBM) – A Riverside County mom could get help from Golden State voters in a fight for her life if they pass a proposition this November intended to lower prescription drug prices. Proposition 61, the Drug Price Relief Act, is the Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s response to a controversy over the dramatic price increase […]

Black Child Mortality Reduction Community Incubator Leads Announced

SACRAMENTO – The work to save the lives of African American children in the Sacramento region continues to gather steam, with the selection of the final community-based group that will join the effort. The Steering Committee on Reduction of African American Child Deaths (RAACD) this week, announced the final of seven Community Incubator Leads (CILs) […]

Injunction Against Vaccine Law Shot Down in Court

(CBM) – With the new school year in full swing across the Golden State, a lawyer for a group of families seeking an injunction against a new law mandating all K-12 students be vaccinated before heading into the classroom, said his clients children will not be able to attend public or private schools. Last year, […]

Study finds most teens vaping fruity flavors, not nicotine

NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials warn that electronic cigarettes and other vaping devices are poisoning kids with nicotine. But new research suggests that most teens aren’t vaping nicotine at all but using sweet and fruity flavors like strawberry, chocolate cake and bubble gum. Only a fraction of young vapers were inhaling nicotine, a nationwide […]

Beyond ‘Obamacare’: State initiatives refocus health debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Moving beyond “Obamacare,” political activists are looking to state ballot questions to refocus the nation’s long-running debate over government’s role in health care. This fall, California voters will decide whether to lower some prescription drug prices, while Coloradans will vote on a state version of a “single-payer” government-run health system, similar to […]

State Agency Sued Over Questionable Bidding Process

(CBM) – When Ramsell Corp., an Oakland-based and African American owned company that provides health services to California AIDS/HIV patients, submitted a bid to oversee the California Department of Public Health’s AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) it was confident of winning the contract. (ADAP provides assistance to AIDS/HIV patients who are uninsured or underinsured enabling […]

Community Launches Program & Announces Partners To Reduce African-American Child Deaths

Approximately $2.1 million Awarded to New Community-Based Grantees Throughout Sacramento County SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, the Steering Committee on Reduction of African American Child Deaths (RAACD) officially launches a county-wide initiative to reduce the number of Sacramento County’s African-American child deaths. During this community launch, key partners called Community Lead Incubators (CILs), community-based organizations that […]

United Way to Kick Off Free Summer Meals Program With Community Celebration

NORTH SACRAMENTO – Local residents are invited to a free community celebration at Robertson Community Center in North Sacramento on June 11 to kick off United Way’s free summer meals program for kids. The event, which is cohosted by Mutual Assistance Network, will take place from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at 3525 Norwood Avenue and will […]

California raises legal age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday approved raising the legal age to buy tobacco for smoking, dipping, chewing and vaping from 18 to 21. The new law, which will take effect June 9, makes California the second state to raise the legal smoking age to 21. It will not apply to […]