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Desperate for Doctors

Community’s generosity to struggling family brings grandmother to tears

In Bakersfield, one good deed often begets another. A prime example presented itself this week when Caroline and Elwood Elliott set out to fix Pamela Mayfield’s truck.

Desperate for Doctors

Will rate increase buy more Medi-Cal doctors for Kern County?

Bakersfield doctor Hasmukh Amin is bracing for competition.

Desperate for Doctors

Are there enough Medi-Cal doctors in Kern County? Who knows?

State health officials say there are 2,023 doctors who see Medi-Cal patients in Kern County.

Desperate for Doctors

For one family, health care means a four-hour drive

For 13-year-old Devin Vallejo of Oildale, visiting a specialist for his juvenile diabetes means a two-hour drive each way to the children’s hospital in Madera.

Desperate for Doctors

What the experts say about doctor access in Kern County

“For so many millions of Americans, the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) will be a little bit frustrating. They will have the card, they will have this new coverage.

Desperate for Doctors

Will Obamacare solve doctor access for Kern County poor?

One year from now, tens of thousands of uninsured Kern County residents will celebrate the bounty of health reform — they will finally have a chance at health insurance.

Obamacare Validated

‘Last distraction’ removed as California moves ahead on health reform

First, there was uncertainty over a U.S. Supreme Court challenge. Then came the race for the presidency. Now, California lawmakers say the uncertainty is over and nothing can stop them from bringing health coverage to millions of uninsured...

Vulnerable on Medicare?

Study cuts Medicare payments to California hospitals

Already reeling from big cutbacks in Medicare funding, California hospitals would lose another 3-4 percent of their federal reimbursement under a new analysis ordered up by Congress.

Care foiled by Sacramento failure

Sacramento failure stalls CA dental plan for Healthy Families kids

Cash-strapped California is aggressively moving its poorest residents to managed health care, whether they’re seniors, rural residents or people with disabilities.

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