Category Archives: Consumer issues

Trouble with your Medicare Part D prescription denial?

If you are having trouble with your Medicare Part D prescriptions, especially if you have been denied a prescription at the pharmacy counter, you’ll want to read this statement issued today from the nonprofit consumer group Medicare Rights Center: Today Senate and House cosponsors of the Medicare Part D Beneficiary Appeals Fairness Act (S.1365 and [...]

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Gas tax may be cut 3.5 cents per gallon

Here’s what California Board of Equalization member George Runner had to say regarding the tax board staff proposal to reduce the gas tax we all pay by 3.5 cents per gallon for the 2014-15 fiscal year that starts July 1: “This proposed gas tax cut will give Californians a much-deserved tax break and help lower [...]

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Elder care home oversight focus of Eggman bills

Assemblywoman Susan Talamantes Eggman, D-Stockton, just introduced two bills, AB 1571 and AB 1572, to improve oversight and standards of care at senior residential facilities. Eggman, a former social worker, is part of a coalition of legislators who have authored a package of bills known together as the Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFE) [...]

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ER Wait Watcher: Which ER will see you the fastest?

Heading to the emergency room? ProPublica provides a great tool to help. You may wait a while before a doctor or other treating professional sees you — and the hospital nearest to you might not be the one that sees you the fastest. Click here to look up average ER wait times, as reported by hospitals [...]

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Typhoon Haiyan relief drive Saturday

The devastating effects of Typhoon Haiyan on the Philippines will be with us for a long time. Talented local people such as Drs. Katherine Gabon Cadacio and Bill King are traveling to the hardest hit regions (click here to read story)of the island nation to volunteer their services. The following announces information on a relief drive [...]

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