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 […]

Security flaws found in 3 state health insurance websites

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Federal investigators found significant cybersecurity weaknesses in the health insurance websites of California, Kentucky and Vermont that could enable hackers to get their hands on sensitive personal information about hundreds of thousands of people, The Associated Press has learned. And some of those flaws have yet to be fixed. The vulnerabilities […]

Bill would make California 2nd state with smoking age of 21

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers on Thursday revived a stalled effort to make the nation’s most populous state one of two to raise the smoking age to 21. The state Assembly passed a bill raising the smoking age from 18, joining Hawaii and dozens of cities around the country that have already moved to […]

Black Enrollment Rate for Health Coverage Needs to Increase, says Health Agency

(CBM) – African-American healthcare enrollment through Covered California was at a rate of four percent during the latest open enrollment period. Covered California spokesperson Dana Howard said on Feb. 26, the state-ran marketplace for health insurance is enthusiastic that 9,610 of the Golden State’s new healthcare enrollees identified themselves as Black, although Howard admitted more […]

California Endowment Invests $2 Million in Healthcare Outreach to Black Californians

(CBM) – The California Endowment is investing $2 million in the Golden State’s Black communities. The private Los Angeles-based organization that focuses on health and health equity announced the donation at an event organized to increase healthcare awareness and insurance registration among African Americans across the state. Endowment President and CEO, Dr. Robert K. Ross […]

Health law reporting extension issued for employers

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department on Monday gave employers an extension of critical reporting requirements, as it seeks to manage some of the most complicated parts of the federal health care law. Employers had previously faced deadlines in February and March to report 2015 health insurance information to their employees, and also to the […]