Anthem cites soaring drugs costs to justify 35% rate hike in California

By Chad Terhune California Healthline|

California lags in testing toddlers for lead exposure

A third of young California children at risk for lead poisoning are not being tested despite state and federal laws that require it, according to a new study—a problem at least partly addressed by legislation now on the governor’s desk.

By Elizabeth Aguilera CALmatters|

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    Legal marijuana is on its way back to Long Beach. LB Green Room, is on pace to open some time in the coming week, manager Adam Hijazi said. The business is in the same location, on Seventh Street near Rose Avenue, where it operated during an earlier period when city government regulated dispensaries, before deciding to ban the shops in 2012. The dispensary site housed political operations at times during the period when City Hall banned dispensaries, Hijazi said. Supporters for...

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  • Hepatitis

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    Public health officials declared a hepatitis A outbreak in Los Angeles County on Tuesday, saying there are now 10 people infected, two of whom are homeless and contracted the potentially fatal liver disease locally. The two newer cases can’t be traced to San Diego County, where the infectious disease has affected 421 people, mostly among those who are homeless, said Dr. Barbara Ferrer, L.A. County Public Health Director during a report to the Board of Supervisors at its weekly...

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  • Hepatitis

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  • Health

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    Three years after the Affordable Care Act’s coverage expansion took effect, the number of Americans without health insurance fell to 28.1 million in 2016, down from 29 million in 2015, according to a federal report released Tuesday. The latest numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau showed the nation’s uninsured rate dropped to 8.8 percent. It had been 9.1 percent in 2015. Both the overall number of uninsured and the percentage are record lows. The uninsured rate...

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  • Retail

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  • Health

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  • Wildlife health

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  • Health

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  • Health care industry

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  • Wildlife

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