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Newsom busy extracting ‘behested payments’ from private companies

In other states, when a public official asks for a big check from an individual or business that would have good reason to be afraid to say no, it’s called extortion. In California, it’s called a “behested payment.” A public official can ask for any amount of money. Unlike campaign contributions, there are no limits on behested payments. The money may be “behested” for a “charitable” purpose, which can include donations to non-profit organizations closely tied to the official or to a family memb...
Tags: Facebook, California, Opinion, Kaiser Permanente, America, Sport, Soccer, Editorials, Blue Shield, Republican Party, Gavin Newsom, Don, Valley, Schiff, Newsom, Blue Shield of California Foundation


What’s next as COVID-19 vaccination drive comes under new management?

In Long Beach, port workers qualify for the front of the coronavirus vaccine line. Statewide, Gov. Gavin Newsom wants 10% of vaccines guaranteed for educators going forward. But some counties began vaccinating teachers a month ago. Some counties embrace the state’s conclusion that medical marijuana workers are health care workers and qualify for early shots; others do not. There’s a system operated by the state to make vaccine appointments, but myriad other appointment systems are used by counti...
Tags: Health, News, Congress, California, Sport, Public Health, Britain, Soccer, Healthcare, Food And Drug Administration, Long Beach, Fda, Pfizer, Blue Shield, Pasadena, Frank Sinatra


Sacramento County Weekly Vaccine Shipment Comes Up Short

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Tags: News, California, Local, Syndicated Local, Sacramento, Sacramento County, Kaiser, Cbs, Blue Shield, UC Davis, Taylor, Kern County, California Department of Public Health, Blumberg, Catholic School, Walgreens CVS


Younger students in Santa Clarita-area districts returning to campus

Kindergarten teacher Mrs. Frandson shows Cecilia Johnson, 5, how to use hand sanitizer in her Valencia Valley Elementary School classroom in Santa Clarita as students return for in person learning on Monday, February 22, 2021 since the pandemic began. First and second graders return on Wednesday for hybrid learning. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Kindergartners return to Valencia Valley Elementary School in Santa Clarita for the first time since the pandemic began o...
Tags: Health, News, Education, Government, Sports, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Community, Lausd, Blue Shield, Valencia, Southern California, Melody, Saugus, Santa Clarita


COVID Deaths Remain High In California Even As Case Rates Plummet

LOS ANGELES (AP/CBS13) — California’s death toll during the coronavirus pandemic remains alarmingly high, topping 49,000 this weekend, even as the rates of new infections and hospitalizations continue to plummet across the state. The number of patients in California hospitals with COVID-19 slipped below 7,000, a drop of more than a third over two weeks, the state Department of Public Health reported Sunday. The 6,760 new confirmed cases are more than 85% below the mid-December peak of about 54,0...
Tags: Health, News, California, Israel, California News, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Ap, Cbs, Blue Shield, Gavin Newsom, Los Angeles County, Northern Nevada, Vacaville, LA County, state Department of Public Health


Newsom touts new Southern California vaccine pop-ups as counties transition to Blue Shield network

Gov. Gavin Newsom visited two federally funded pop-up coronavirus vaccination sites in Southern California on Sunday, Feb. 21, part of a statewide tour of such spots aimed at immunizing the state’s hardest-hit communities. The visit coincided with the launch of the transition to a new centralized system — which will include Riverside County in its first wave — to manage the state’s thus-far bumpy rollout of the badly needed vaccine. Newsom, flanked by several local elected leaders, said the mobi...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, California, Government, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Associated Press, Pfizer, Blue Shield, Orange County, Riverside County


Newsom Says 7.3 Million Shots Given In California As New Vaccine Delivery System Rolls Out

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP/CBS13) – California’s new system of delivering, tracking and scheduling coronavirus vaccines is being rolled out in select counties, a first step in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plan to smooth out what has been a confusing and disjointed rollout hampered by limited national supply. Newsom announced last month that his administration had tapped insurer Blue Shield to design and manage a centralized system to get doses out quickly and equitably. He said the state also needs robust da...
Tags: Health, California, Kaiser Permanente, Israel, California News, Fresno, Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Kaiser, Cbs, Blue Shield, Disneyland, Prado, Gavin Newsom, Southern California


New vaccine delivery system launches in parts of California

By JANIE HAR, AMY TAXIN and KATHLEEN RONAYNE |  The Associated Press California’s new system of delivering, tracking and scheduling coronavirus vaccines is being rolled out in select counties, a first step in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plan to smooth out what has been a confusing and disjointed rollout hampered by limited national supply. Newsom announced last month that his administration had tapped insurer Blue Shield to design and manage a centralized system to get doses out quickly and equitably. H...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, California, Kaiser Permanente, Government, Uncategorized, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Kaiser, Lausd, Blue Shield, Disneyland


LA County’s vaccine mission keeps getting more complex

Los Angeles County’s mission to vaccinate roughly 8 million adults continues to get whole lot more complicated — and few of the solutions are worked out. Meanwhile, L.A. County could surpass 20,000 deaths over the weekend. On Friday, the county reported 150 new deaths and 2,459 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths to 19,662 deaths and positive cases to 1,176,772. Currently hospitalized with COVID-19 were 2,498 people, another significant decline. Bracing for the mammoth vac...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, California, Kaiser Permanente, Government, Paul Simon, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, United States, San Diego, Community, Blue Shield, Disneyland


California’s stimulus plan includes $600 for low-income families, business grants

By Kathleen Ronayne | The Associated Press California Gov. Gavin Newsom and lawmakers have reached a spending deal on small business grants, stimulus checks for individuals and housing for farmworkers infected by the coronavirus, Newsom said Wednesday. It includes a fresh $24 million for a program that puts farm and food processing workers up in hotels if they contract the virus and have no place to isolate, Newsom said as he spoke at a community vaccination clinic in the Coachella Valley, a reg...
Tags: California, Sport, Soccer, Associated Press, Blue Shield, Biden, Orange County, Sierra Nevada, Gavin Newsom, Northern California, Kathleen Ronayne, Coachella Valley, AMY TAXIN, Newsom, Steven Hernandez


Gov. Newsom, Lawmakers Reach COVID-19 Relief Deal; $600 Stimulus Checks For Low-Income Californians

SACRAMENTO (AP/CBS13) — Gov. Gavin Newsom and lawmakers have reached a spending deal on small business grants, stimulus checks for low-income Californians and housing for farmworkers infected by the coronavirus. It includes a fresh $24 million for a program that puts farm and food processing workers up in hotels if they contract the virus and have no place to isolate, Newsom said as he spoke at a community vaccination clinic in the Coachella Valley, a region that’s home to many farmworkers. “It’...
Tags: News, California, California News, Sacramento, Rent, Associated Press, Coachella, Blue Shield, Sierra Nevada, Gavin Newsom, Northern California, Legislature, Coachella Valley, Newsom, CBS Broadcasting Inc, Steven Hernandez


Details emerge on California’s coronavirus vaccine contract with Blue Shield

California leaders on Monday, Feb. 15, released the first round of details of the long-promised contract with healthcare giant Blue Shield of California to administer the state’s mammoth coronavirus vaccine rollout. Much, however, was not yet spelled out, including the precise role Los Angeles County officials will play in the system. Under the contract — which runs from Feb. 1 through Dec. 31 — Blue Shield is now tasked with building a statewide vaccine network “to ensure the rapid delivery of ...
Tags: News, California, La, Paul Simon, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Blue Shield, Central Valley, San Bernardino, Simon, Feb, Los Angeles County, Carson, LA County, Dignity Health


State legislators call for more communication on Gov. Newsom’s vaccine plans

When the state in late January announced the rollout of a new website to register for COVID-19 vaccinations, it came as a surprise to some local health officials, who were still working out the bugs in their own scheduling systems and weren’t sure how the two would work together. Likewise, the news that the state would partner with Blue Shield and Kaiser to speed up vaccine distribution was news to some state legislators, who were so frustrated they wrote to Gov. Gavin Newsom seeking answers. “W...
Tags: News, California, Government, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, San Diego, Kaiser, Blue Shield, Nielsen, Disneyland, Local News, Gavin Newsom, Santa Clarita, Dunn, Bates


State’s choice of Blue Shield to take over vaccine distribution spurs questions

This week’s announcement that Healthcare giant Blue Shield of California had been tapped to take over the state’s much-criticized coronavirus vaccination rollout took many by surprise, and prompted concerns among some about equitable distribution to hard-hit communities. Los Angeles City Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez had to do a doubletake just hours after she and her colleagues left a meeting with county Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer. “Within a couple of hours the news came that Blue Sh...
Tags: Politics, News, California, Kaiser Permanente, La, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Healthcare, Long Beach, Kaiser, Vaccinations, Associated Press, Blue Shield, Oakland, Usc


How $20 billion health care behemoth Blue Shield of California sees startups

In the two years since Jeff Semenchuk took the reins in the newly created position of chief innovation officer for Blue Shield of California, the nonprofit health insurer with $20 billion in revenues has stepped up its investments in startup companies. As one of California’s largest insurance providers with more than four million members, Blue Shield plays an outsized role in technology adoption among physicians, hospital networks and patients. With that in mind, and with the acceleration of ent...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, California, America, Tech, Fundraising, Healthcare, Venture Capital, Health Insurance, Blue Shield, Healthtech, Yaro, Blue Shield of California, Extra Crunch, Semenchuk


Charity events in the San Fernando Valley area, Feb. 17-24

  Donate blood to the American Red Cross this week. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)   Here is a sampling of charities in the San Fernando Valley area that need your support through donations or volunteer work.   EVENTS   American Red Cross blood donations: Blood, especially type O, and platelet donations needed. Donation times and locations include: 11:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Feb. 17-19; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 20; 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Feb. 21; 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 23. Woodland H...
Tags: New York City, Charity, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Volunteer, Red Cross, Blue Shield, Chatsworth, Local News, Irs, Fundraiser, Valencia, Carol, Ventura


Charity and volunteer events in the San Fernando Valley area, Feb. 3-10

  American Cancer Society Discovery Shop on Tampa Avenue in Northridge. (Google Street View)   Here is a sampling of charities in the San Fernando Valley area that need your support through donations or volunteer work.   EVENTS   American Red Cross blood donations: Blood, especially type O, and platelet donations needed. Donation times and locations include: 12:15-7:30 p.m. Feb. 3-5 and 8:15 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Feb. 7 and 7:45 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 8 and 7:45 a.m.-2:45 p.m. Feb. 9 (Woodland Hills B...
Tags: New York City, Charity, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Glendale, Volunteer, Blue Shield, Chatsworth, Local News, Irs, Fundraiser, Valentine, Feb, Andrew


Kaiser’s Woodland Hills Medical Center reopens after week of water woes

After several days of being shuttered, Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Medical Center hospital and medical services sprang back into action Sunday, Jan. 27, after securing all required county and state approvals following the repair of a water-main break. The emergency department, urgent care and pharmacy were fully operational and all scheduled appointments were expected to resume on Monday. “We look forward to welcoming back our patients and want to express our deepest gratitude to them and t...
Tags: California, Kaiser Permanente, Sport, Soccer, Kaiser, Blue Shield, Vietnam, UC, Lax, 101 Freeway, Woodland Hills, LA County, Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Medical Center, De Soto Ave, Woodland Hills Medical Center, Brentwood Pharmacy Kaiser


Gig workers need health & benefits — Catch is their safety net

One of the hottest Y Combinator startups just raised a big seed round to clean up the mess created by Uber, Postmates, and the gig economy. Catch sells health insurance, retirement savings plans, and tax withholding directly to freelancers, contractors, or anyone uncovered. By building and curating simplified benefits services, Catch can offer a safety net for the future of work. “I n order to stay competitive as a society, we need to address inequality and volatility. We think Catch is th...
Tags: Health, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Mobile, Ecommerce, Apps, Y Combinator, Finance, Collaborative Consumption, Funding, Tech, Earnest, Ira, Payments, Blue Shield


Brandon Nelson’s parents trusted his mental health treatment, but ‘our system failed them’

Left unattended, Rose and Allen Nelson’s son committed suicide at the very mental health home where he was supposed to get help. As they struggled to understand what happened, their agony only grew heavier. They tracked down the people who tried to revive their son, Brandon Nelson, on that terrible day. They spoke to clients who sought help at Sovereign Health. They found former employees who had left the company. What they learned stunned them: Even as Sovereign accepted their mentally ill son,...
Tags: UK, News, California, Sacramento, Sport, Fbi, Soccer, United Kingdom, Blue Shield, Nelson, Santa Monica, Rose, General Medical Council, Justin, Allen, Department


Typhus symptoms look like the flu, which is why it took weeks for this San Marino man to be diagnosed correctly

Tom Sachs could barely move from his bed. He lay lifeless — delirious with 103-degree fever, riddled with aches, chills and extreme weakness. “I had the chills where my body would shake from my waist to my head,” he said during an interview Monday, Oct. 15. Doctors told him he had the flu. After nearly three weeks without any recovery, his wife, Carolyn, called a priest. Although she said she was thinking more about healing than death, Sachs seemed so ill that the priest gave him communion and l...
Tags: Health, News, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Glendale, Long Beach, Disease, Blue Shield, Pasadena, San Marino, Tom Sachs, Sachs, Carolyn, HealthCare Partners Medical Group, USC Verdugo Hills Hospital


When ACA Insurance Does Not Include Your Doctor

Since I left my full-time job in April, my wife and I get our health insurance from the ACA healthcare exchange (called Covered CA in California). We have an HSA-eligible Bronze PPO plan from Blue Shield of California. We pay the unsubsidized premium of $1,200/month to cover the two of us. We received a notice last month from the insurance company that the premium for the same plan would increase 16% to $1,400/month next year. Meanwhile our deductible will also increase by 25%, from $4,800/perso...
Tags: California, Marketing, Sutter Health, Healthcare, Kaiser, Health Insurance, Blue Shield, ACA, Northern California, Sutter, HSA, Deductible, Blue Shield PPO, Blue Shield of California We, Sutter Health Basically


Single-Payer Issue Drives Dollars Into Gubernatorial Campaign

Health care heavyweights are pouring money into California’s gubernatorial campaign as the primary looms, ramping up support for front-runner Gavin Newsom and financing attack ads against one of his distant Democratic rivals, John Chiang. One issue that seems to be driving health care industry donations — and the candidates’ health care rhetoric on the campaign trail — is the prospect of a government-run single-payer system. Both Newsom, California’s Democratic lieutenant governor, and Chiang, t...
Tags: News, California, Washington, Stanford, California News, Sport, Soccer, Blue Shield, University Of California San Diego, Gavin Newsom, Golden State, San Francisco Chronicle, Hoover Institution, Lanhee Chen, U S Sen Bernie Sanders, John Cox


California insurer faces whistleblower complaint over health law taxes

By Chad Terhune, California Healthline A federal whistleblower complaint alleges that a major California insurer failed to pay an estimated $89 million in taxes on premium revenue as required under the Affordable Care Act. The complaint against Blue Shield of California focuses on the taxation of certain health plans that are funded by both an employer and insurer. It could spark more scrutiny by federal officials into whether all insurers are paying their fair share of taxes on premiums. The AC...
Tags: Business, News, Medicine, Congress, California, Milwaukee, Uncategorized, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Healthcare, Blue Shield, Johnson, Local News, ACA, Irs


Rising health insurance costs are a growing worry for aging people, early retirees

By Steven Findlay and Pauline Bartolone, California Healthline Yvonne Read is getting ready to “get slammed” by another health premium increase. Read, 53, pays more than $2,100 a month for a Covered California family health plan that covers her 57-year-old husband and two young adult children. For next year, the Nevada City, Calif., resident says the premium  will go up about $200 a month. She and her family will have to absorb all of that increase, because their income is too high to qualify fo...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Obamacare, California, Washington, Sport, Read, Soccer, Healthcare, Medicare, Blue Shield, ACA, Kaiser Health News, Trump, Santa Monica


Blue Cross Blue Shield Accused of Charging Employers Hidden Fees

Blue Cross Blue Shield Accused of Charging Employers Hidden Fees The post Blue Cross Blue Shield Accused of Charging Employers Hidden Fees appeared first on Legal Reader.
Tags: Health, Business, Legal, News, Law, Medical, Court, Insurance, Benefits, Case, Compensation, Funds, Michigan, Circuit, Blue Shield, Employer


Got Insurance? You’re Going to Have a Frustrating Wait for Rationed Mental Health Care

Yet again, insurance companies are getting away with rationing mental health care in America and treating mental disorders unequally, compared to physical conditions. And nobody seems to be listening — or care. We thought we had this problem licked with the historic passage of the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008, a law which banned insurance companies from discriminating against people with mental illness. Unfortunately, insurance companies ...
Tags: Psychology, General, California, America, San Francisco, Treatment, Psychiatry, Policy and advocacy, Psychotherapy, Blue Shield, Rationing, Insurance Companies, Mental Health And Wellness, Mental Health Care, Mental Health Professional, PBS NewsHour


State: Anthem, Blue Shield Misled Customers On Number Of Doctors In Covered California Plans

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of California, two of California’s largest health insurers, misled customers about the number of doctors in their networks under plans sold through the state’s insurance marketplace, according to a state report released Tuesday. The California Department of Managed Health Care began investigating in May after patients complained they were told that certain medical providers were included when they chose a health plan, only to find out a...
Tags: News, California, Local, California News, Covered California, Anthem, Blue Shield, Lee, Sacramento Calif, Anthony Wright, Peter Lee, California Department of Managed Health Care, Health Access California, Darrel Ng