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April Dembosky

April Dembosky appears in the following:

California Health Insurance Exchange Keeps Rate Hikes Low — Again

Monday, July 27, 2015

Monthly premiums for health insurance plans in the Covered California marketplace will increase by an average of 4 percent for 2016. The price for some plans will drop.

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California Judge Throws Out Lawsuit On Medically Assisted Suicide

Friday, July 24, 2015

The superior court judge says questions raised in the case should be decided by legislatures or voters, not the court. The terminally ill plaintiffs say they'll appeal his decision.

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Making The Law Respect Gender Identity After Death

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

After filmmaker Christopher Lee died, his death certificate listed him as "female." His friends helped to change the way California law handles the death certificates of transgender people.

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Medical School Hopefuls Grapple With Overhauled Entrance Exam

Monday, June 29, 2015

The results are coming in for the first medical school candidates who took a revamped exam that includes a wider range of subjects, including psychology and sociology.

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In Bid For Stricter Vaccine Rules, Officials Grapple With Decades-Old Distrust

Saturday, June 27, 2015

California lawmakers have decided to tighten the criteria for parents to opt out of vaccinating their children. But some parents resent officials telling them how to care for their children.

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Calif. Health Officials Aid People Facing Astronomic Drug Bills

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Specialty medicines have forced some to choose between treatment and paying rent. California will put a lid on the amount anyone enrolled in most Obamacare plans can be charged for high-end medicine.

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California Law To Allow Pharmacists To Prescribe Birth Control

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Pharmacists in California will soon be able to prescribe birth control. While some doctors' groups are skeptical, lawmakers say pharmacists can fill a need for primary care providers, especially in rural areas.

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California Women Can Soon Go Right To The Pharmacist For Birth Control

Friday, June 05, 2015

Under a new law being implemented in California, women will be able to walk into a pharmacy, get a prescription for contraceptive pills, the ring, or the patch, and get it filled — all in one visit.

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Covered California Votes To Cap What Patients Pay For Pricey Drugs

Friday, May 22, 2015

The agency that administers Obamacare in California moved to make expensive medicines more affordable in 2016. In most plans, patients will pay no more than $150 or $250 a month.

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Coded Talk About Assisted Suicide Can Leave Families Confused

Thursday, May 21, 2015

In veiled conversations, some doctors may explain to dying patients how to hasten death. But overwhelmed families are left with profound questions and the feeling that no one can answer them.

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Couples Counseling Catches On With Tech Co-Founders

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Friction between close business partners is the reason many startups fail. But increasingly in Silicon Valley, co-founders of companies are turning to therapists before things go south.

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Can Employers Require Workers To Be Vaccinated? It Depends

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

More often than not, employers are reluctant to require employee vaccinations. There are legal rights — and pitfalls — of trying to require vaccinations among the American workforce.

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Why Do We Love Football So Much? Theater Tackles Tough Questions

Saturday, January 31, 2015

A play based on interviews with former NFL players, their families and fans digs deep: What's so fun about a sport that devastates bodies and brains? And what if it can't be made safer?

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Rural Doctor Launches Startup To Ease Pain Of Dying Patients

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Getting basic health care to rural areas has always been difficult, and delivering specialized care even harder. One doctor is raising money to bring palliative care to patients in rural California.

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Would You Like Health Insurance With Those Stocking Stuffers?

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

While shoppers rush to the mall to pick up the last neckties and Transformers for Christmas, health officials are trying to pitch them on an unconventional gift this holiday season: health insurance.

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California Whooping Cough Infections Run High Among Latino Babies

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Public health officials in California are trying to understand why Latino babies are contracting whooping cough at much higher rates than other babies.

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India Tests Crew Capsule, New Heavy-Lift Rocket

Thursday, December 18, 2014

An improved version of India's largest space-launch vehicle carried an unmanned crew capsule that was recovered after splashdown in the Andaman Sea.

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California Nurses Say They'll Strike, Without Talking Wages

Monday, November 10, 2014

Wages and benefits are usually the big sticking points in labor negotiations. But so far both sides are focusing on things like Ebola preparedness, separating patient care from economics.

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California Nurses' Union Pulls Ebola Into Contract Talks

Friday, October 17, 2014

Ebola training, staffing and protective gear are bargaining chips as nurses in California hammer out a new contract with Kaiser Permanente. Their requests mirror the concerns of nurses nationwide.

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California Ballot Measure Pits Doctors Against Lawyers

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Proposition 46 tackles painkiller abuse, malpractice caps and mandatory drug and alcohol testing of doctors. Backers say the law would enhance patient safety, but doctors say the cost is too high.

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