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.
Employees at the American Medical Response billing center in Salida will continue working on borrowed time, but their employer is firm about closing the office in mid-August, according to recent letters to Stanislaus County’s Board of Supervisors. Centrex Revenue Solutions notified the county that another 66 employees will lose their jobs when the operation comes to an end in August. They include medical records employees, billing assistants, quality assurance specialists, a mail room clerk and supervisors who were not included in previous layoff notices.
More than 70 percent of Stanislaus County residents have access to parks or recreation facilities, says a study that compared exercise opportunities in different regions of the U.S. Stanislaus fared well in the national comparisons published last month, but health indicators suggest not enough people are exercising.
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.
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.
There’s a new option in Stanislaus County for parents who need to make child support payments. Beginning Monday, parents can make payments in cash at MoneyGram stations in retail stores such as Walmart or CVS pharmacies. The state Department of Child Support Services began with a pilot program in Contra Costa County and expanded the service to a group of counties including Stanislaus and San Joaquin.
Stanislaus County officials are reporting success with a program that extends services to foster youths after they turn 18. A California law enacted in 2010 provides for additional services for young people who graduate from traditional foster care. For years, scholars found alarming rates of unemployment, homelessness and criminal arrests among young people who were on their own after aging out of foster care.
A low-cost innovation to handle stormwater in the Parklawn neighborhood in south Modesto has not been well received. Also, Golden Valley Health Center employees continue to air their grievances with management
The rush to turn in well permit applications in Stanislaus County continued right up until Tuesday’s start date for a more stringent review policy. The county Department of Environmental Resources said it received 61 well permit requests in the three business days before Tuesday. Under a new county policy, farmers applying for permits on Nov. 25 or later will need to show their new wells outside irrigation districts won’t have an undesired effect on groundwater levels.
With all of the people enrolling in insurance and Medi-Cal through health care reform, it seems that local hospitals and clinics could use more doctors. At this time of year, we see a lot of medical school graduates in town to compete for training opportunities with the Valley Consortium for Medical Education.
Maria Fernandez, the survivor of a vicious dog mauling that killed her 54-year-old son last month, was released from a medical rehab facility Tuesday and has returned home. Her sister, Guadalupe Vela, said the public gave about $3,000 to help pay for Juan Fernandez’ funeral held a week ago.
Stanislaus County’s Alliance Worknet will meet Nov. 13 with American Medical Response employees who are losing their jobs. The agency will provide information about unemployment benefits, applications for jobs through the Alliance, retraining options and other help with the job hunt. AMR announced last week that it will close a medical billing operation in Salida and lay off about 200 employees.
Retired baseball great Lou Brock will speak in Modesto at the Healthy Aging and Fall Prevention Summit on Friday. He will speak twice on Successfully Living With Diabetes, at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. during the health summit for older adults at Modesto Centre Plaza.
United Way of Stanislaus County will assist with promoting the second enrollment period for health coverage through the Covered California exchange this fall. The Stanislaus group was among eight United Way chapters to receive Covered California Navigator Grants. It will receive $26,000 of the $424,495 in funding awarded to United Ways of California and eight of its chapters.
Stanislaus County has started to accept loan applications from rural homeowners who need to replace dry wells. Applications for the Emergency Domestic Water Financial Assistance Program were posted Friday on the county’s home page at www.co.stanislaus.ca.us.
According to California’s top health officer, people are especially taking a gamble this month if they are bitten by mosquitoes. Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the state Department of Public Health, said the proportion of mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus is at a record level in California.
Stanislaus County supervisors approved an emergency loan program Tuesday for homeowners with dry wells, after amending the proposal to lower the income limit and removing a strict credit score requirement.