California Attorney General Rob Bonta issued a consumer alert warning state residents about “sham health insurance plans offered by some healthcare sharing ministries,” following complaints received by his office.
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Officials are hopeful funding will continue for an innovative treatment program as the state tackles the opioid crisis.
Department Issues Cease and Desist Order to Protect California Consumers from Misleading Health Plans Known as ‘Health Care Sharing Ministries’
The California Department of Insurance has ordered health care cost sharing ministry Aliera Healthcare, Inc. and its subsidiary to stop doing business in the state, after consumer complaints of claim delays and denials of care.
Assemblymen ask state for $7 million in fight against valley fever to fuel research, spread awareness
Assemblymen Vince Fong and Rudy Salas of Bakersfield proposed a $7 million budget proposal that, if adopted, would be the most money ever allocated to study and awareness of the disease in California.
Due to medical community opposition, California Assemblyman Vince Fong withdrew a bill late last month that would have mandated doctors to run specific lab testing under suspect valley fever.
The budget includes $8 million for research and outreach into the disease, caused by inhaling spores that grow in arid soil.
The antifungal drugs used to treat valley fever can cause hair loss. With the number of valley fever cases on the rise, a wig shop in Bakersfield, Calif., is helping women feel better about themselves.
Recently signed legislation capped a big year for efforts to combat a regional disease long overlooked by lawmakers.
Research suggests an alarming link between a common drug used for valley fever and birth defects. The disease also tends to be more severe in pregnant women.
‘Eureka moment’ in valley fever case paves way for new research, treatment options.