Their families have dubbed them Captain America and Thor. Without pausing to consider the danger to their own lives, a pair of Modesto friends sprang to the aid of a stranger who fell off a 70-foot cliff into the ocean at Point Reyes over the weekend.
The landfill that receives trash from throughout the county threatens to litter nearby Interstate 5. Stanislaus County supervisors are poised to take emergency action Tuesday to repair 740 feet of wind-damaged fence at Fink Road Landfill west of Crows Landing.
Hospitals that treat California’s poorest patients are faring badly under the Affordable Care Act’s drive to improve quality. Under ACA authority, Medicare is imposing fines on safety-net hospitals at twice the rate paid by other hospitals, according to an analysis by the Center for Health Reporting.
Emanuel Medical Center did not contest that it’s the most heavily penalized hospital in California under quality improvement policies in the Affordable Care Act. In a response, the hospital said it has adopted quality improvements since being acquired by Tenet Healthcare Corp. in August.
Modesto City Schools went through the motions of laying off three elementary teachers and cutting a popular high school program for students hoping to be the first in their family to go to college, but most were simply funding changes and only three people will lose a total of four periods in the end, district officials said.
Owing to warmer-than-normal temperatures, residents could be scratching after they dry out from the rainfall this weekend. Dave Heft, general manager of the Turlock Mosquito Abatement District, said the conditions should be right for mosquitoes to breed in puddles, flower pots and trees in residential areas of the Northern San Joaquin Valley.
Dr. Pankaj Patel, administrator David Thompson and their Turlock attorney, Mike Warda, spoke Wednesday to the 11-member commission that governs Health Plan of San Joaquin. They advocated for dental surgery centers and the low-income children who receive badly needed treatment at the centers.
Covered California reported that a larger number of Latinos are applying for insurance from the state’s health exchange. Through Monday, more than 300,000 state residents had inquired about coverage and were found to be eligible under the federal health law. Latinos made up 50 percent of those who gave information about their ethnicity.