Category: Health Care

Biden and Harris Fight Back Against House Republicans’ Budget Threatening Health Care

Resolute in their stand against the recent budget proposal by House Republicans, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris are intensifying their efforts to lower healthcare costs and safeguard crucial provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Medicaid, and Medicare. In a Fact Sheet, the White House noted that Biden and Harris underscored the administration’s commitment during a visit to North Carolina, where they outlined a comprehensive strategy to make health care more affordable for all Americans.

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Kern County Public Health Offers Free Rapid HIV Tests

Kern County Public Health (KCPH) launched the “A Healthier Kern – One Heart at a Time” campaign in February and plans to continue it through 2024. This campaign promised to focus on ten public health challenges that posed the greatest threat to residents’ well-being. During March, KCPH is focused on educating Kern on how STDs and HIV can impact their health, and offer free rapid HIV testing.

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NNPA Sponsor Pfizer’s Submission of Cancer Drug Accepted for Priority Review by FDA

Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) and Genmab A/S (Nasdaq: GMAB) announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted the supplemental Biologics License Application (sBLA) seeking to convert the accelerated approval of TIVDAK (tisotumab vedotin-tftv) to full approval for the treatment of patients with recurrent or metastatic cervical cancer with disease progression on or after first-line therapy. The application has been granted Priority Review with a Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) goal date of May 9, 2024.

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California Becomes First State To Offer Health Care To All Californians, Regardless Of Immigration Status

Starting January 2024 individuals, regardless of immigration status, between the ages of 26 to 49 can be provided full coverage of Medi-Cal if they meet the eligibility criteria. All other Medi-Cal requirements still apply, including income eligibility. This new California law, Age 26-49 Adult Expansion, was introduced after Senate Bill 184 (Chapter 47, Statutes of 2022), Senate Bill 75, the Young Adult Expansion, and the Older Adult Expansion.

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Covered California Announces 
Enrollment Increase as Its 
First Deadline of Dec. 31 Approaches

With a key deadline coming up on Dec. 31, Covered California announced that 139,533 consumers have signed up for 2024 coverage as of Dec. 16 during this open enrollment, marking a 15 percent increase over the same period last year and the highest during this same period in four years. Another 1,580,360 Californians have renewed their coverage so far.

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Medi-Cal Expansion 2024: Who Benefits and How?

Ethnic Media Services, in collaboration with Garden Pathways, recently hosted an informative community seminar dedicated to comprehending the upcoming expansion of Medi-Cal in 2024. On the morning of December 8, 2023, leaders and community members of Bakersfield congregated at the Garden Pathways Administrative office on 1616 29th St., uniting to call attention to the importance of Medi-Cal’s expansion and those it would be an advantage to. 

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Blue Shield Presents Medi-Cal Redetermination & Other Healthcare Information

Blue Shield, alongside the community of Bakersfield, recently convened for a town hall meeting dedicated to championing the cause of wellness. On the afternoon of November 19, 2023, members from every corner of Bakersfield gathered at the Greater Harvest Christian Center on 5421 Aldrin Ct., uniting to shed light on the significance of healthcare and the myriad advantages that a comprehensive health plan, such as Blue Shield’s Covered California, can offer to families throughout the state.

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