Category Archives: Uninsured

VOTE for Emergency Food Bank today!

The Emergency Food Bank and Family Services of Stockton and San Joaquin County submitted a cause with State Farm’s Neighborhood Assist Program 2014 and were accepted for the Growing Green, Eating Lean program. The first 4,000 causes were accepted. A panel of youth reviewed all of the causes and narrowed them down to the top [...]

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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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Fraud alert for health insurance consumers

California Attorney General Kamala Harris issued the following alert regarding the removal of 10 private health insurance websites that may have misled Californians by imitating Covered California, the state’s official online health insurance marketplace: “These websites fraudulently imitated Covered California in order to lure consumers away from plans that provide the benefits of the Affordable [...]

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Medicare premiums and deductibles holding steady for 2014

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced the 2014 Medicare Part B premium will remain $104.90 per month, the same as in 2013, as will the Part B deductible at $147, according to Joe Baker, president of the Medicare Rights Center. The news that Medicare premiums and deductibles are virtually unchanged is welcome [...]

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Shutdown threatens vulnerable women, infants and children

Here’s a statement from the California WIC Association on how the program that serves several thousand women and children in San Joaquin County is threatened by the prolonged government shutdown: Unless Congress acts quickly, 1.5 million vulnerable mothers and young children will lose critical nutrition and health care services. The federal government shutdown ceased funding for [...]

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