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June 25, 2005
Elia Powers Costa Mesa has the third-largest population of adults without health insurance in Orange County, a recent report shows. The city has an estimated 22,238 uninsured residents above the age of 18, according to data from the Orange County Health Needs Assessment, a nonprofit agency that studies health-related topics. Only Santa Ana and Anaheim have more uninsured adults, the report indicates. Newport Beach and Newport Coast are at the bottom of the list, with 1,365 and 1,166 uninsured adults, respectively.
NEWS
September 18, 1999
Elise Gee COSTA MESA -- Health outreach workers hope to encourage the immigrant Latino community to sign up for federal- and state-subsidized health insurance at a Healthy Communities Fair on Sunday. Organizers at the Orange County Congregation Community Organization expect 1,000 families to attend the health fair, which will take place at St. Joaquim's Catholic Church in Costa Mesa. A number of services and screenings will be provided but the main objective is to get families to enroll in health insurance programs.
NEWS
September 7, 2000
-- Jennifer Kho SANTA ANA -- Members of more than 14 Orange County churches are coming together today to discuss health-care needs for working families. The Orange County Congregation Community Organization, a faith-based nonprofit group, has organized the town hall meeting, which is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 1100 Center St., Santa Ana. "It is very important that we have health-care insurance access for working families," said Paty Madueno, a member of St. Joachim Church and a Costa Mesa resident.
NEWS
By Joe Tyndall | August 5, 2007
It is unfortunate the Daily Pilot has given a forum ("Harman enters health fray," July 26) to State Sen. Tom Harman, a politician who, through the 2006 election, has taken $250,000 from special interests with a stake in maintaining the current system. The article largely rehashes the standard health insurance industry talking points, most of which, on closer examination, are not true. OK, Sen. Harman, we get it. We can't fix the health insurance nightmare because of illegal immigration.
FEATURES
By SARAH HALVERSON | August 15, 2008
At 9 a.m. today, Progressive Christians Uniting is sponsoring a forum — “Being the Good Samaritan: Finding Your Voice in the Health Care Discussion” — at St. Mark Presbyterian Church, 2200 San Joaquin Hills Road, Newport Beach. Most religions believe that central to faith is the concept of loving our neighbor as ourselves. Jesus’ ministry centered on healing like giving sight to the blind, curing the sick, freeing the possessed and helping the lame to walk with heads held high.
NEWS
February 21, 2008
Assemblyman Hector De La Torre (D-South Gate) recently introduced a bill requiring state regulators to sign off before insurance carriers drop a policyholder accused of failing to disclose a preexisting medical condition. The bill is an answer to complaints that some health insurance companies cancel policies after a customer gets sick. Should the state get more involved in regulating health company insurers?   The state should not place a government bureaucrat in charge of deciding what is best for patients or their policies, which appears to be an indirect way of instituting state-controlled health care.
FEATURES
July 29, 2006
Celebrating a 90th birthday Helen Trautwein celebrated her 90th birthday June 3 with more than 100 family members at the Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort in Huntington Beach. Trautwein came to Costa Mesa in 1933, the year she was married at Christ Church by the Sea in Newport Beach. In WWII she worked as a first aid instructor for the Red Cross. The mother of four spent her time working with her children as a Girl Scout leader, a Cub Scout den mother, a PTA president, a room mother and a camp nurse.
NEWS
By Pamela Gilmour | August 7, 2013
Re. "Healthcare CEO compares 'Obamacare' to DMV" (Aug. 1): I attended the event sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce at the Newport Beach Central Library last week. Chasen Doerr's article in the Daily Pilot reported with precision both the tone and the substance of what was said by Covenant Healthcare's Dr. Richard Afable and Hoag Hospital's Robert Braithwaite. The tone of the event was condescending and superficial and the substance was appropriate for an elementary school student.
NEWS
August 24, 2009
Regarding ?Keep government out of the marketplace,? It?s a Gray Area, Aug. 16: Dear Jim, You missed the boat with your conclusion that the government should be kept out of the marketplace. I will remind you that our nation is suffering from its worst economic downturn since the Great Depression because our government was so blindly inactive in the world of capitalism. Ever since Ronald Reagan took over the reins of executive power, he, with congressional approval, began deregulating the major financial institutions ?
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By Rhea Mahbubani | December 12, 2013
Ariel Vapor was disheartened when he received the news, but not particularly surprised. He was HIV-positive. Seated at the UCI Medical Center, with his skin pockmarked by MRSA [methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus] infections, he knew his "promiscuous" lifestyle was to blame. The Costa Mesa resident, who identifies as gay, recalled thinking, "Thank God it's 2006 and not 1986 or 1996. " Having improved significantly over the past two decades, HIV/AIDS medications are now saving lives.
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NEWS
By Pamela Gilmour | August 7, 2013
Re. "Healthcare CEO compares 'Obamacare' to DMV" (Aug. 1): I attended the event sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce at the Newport Beach Central Library last week. Chasen Doerr's article in the Daily Pilot reported with precision both the tone and the substance of what was said by Covenant Healthcare's Dr. Richard Afable and Hoag Hospital's Robert Braithwaite. The tone of the event was condescending and superficial and the substance was appropriate for an elementary school student.
NEWS
August 6, 2013
Re. "Healthcare CEO compares 'Obamacare' to DMV" (Aug. 1): I was troubled by some of the comments attributed to Dr. Richard Afable, chief executive of Covenant Health Network, in the Daily Pilot last week. In a speech to the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, Afable is quoted as saying that Obamacare seeks to improve "access to care for those who don't have access today for financial reasons" and attempts "to get the federal government out from underneath the huge financial liability that it has in paying for the care of 100 million people in this country.
NEWS
By Chasen Doerr | August 1, 2013
Healthcare reform is necessary, but problematic, the chief executive of Hoag Hospital's parent company said during the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce's WAKEUP! meeting Thursday morning. Reform and the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, seek to improve "access to care for those who don't have access today for financial reasons," said Covenant Health Network CEO Dr. Richard Afable, and attempts "to get the federal government out from underneath the huge financial liability that it has in paying for the care of 100 million people in this country.
NEWS
By James P. Gray | July 19, 2013
Many things are not going well for us and our country. So where do we go from here? Well, as people sometimes say when playing bridge, let's review the bidding. For every dollar the federal government spends, it is borrowing or printing 20 cents. That has put our children and grandchildren into bankruptcy. Yes, at the moment the stock market is doing fairly well and the real estate market appears to be getting stronger, but the other shoe has yet to drop. That other shoe is this: Public employee pensions nationwide are not adequately funded.
NEWS
By James P. Gray | April 13, 2013
Since my last column about health care appeared in this space, the system has continued to gallop toward disaster. Today, under the federal government's "leadership," we often pay several times more in the United States for the same prescription drugs that are sold in other countries; an average MRI here costs $1,080, while it only costs $510 in Germany; and doctors here charge twice as much for hip replacement surgery as do doctors in Australia....
NEWS
March 22, 2013
The Lestonnac Free Clinic is hosting a countywide medical event featuring health and dental care at no cost from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Services will be provided along with children's activities, live music and the distribution of clothes at Lighthouse Church, 1885 Anaheim Ave., Costa Mesa. Lestonnac Free Medical Clinic was established in 1979 with a focus on providing care for local families that can't afford health insurance. It is partnering with the Coalition of Orange County Community Health Centers, Mariners Church, Stanbridge College and St. Verena Health Center for Saturday's event.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | August 3, 2012
Newport Beach women rank No. 1 in Orange County when it comes to obtaining prenatal care, but also rank highest for low birth weights, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency report. The study found that 96.2% of Newport Beach women received prenatal care between 2006 and 2008 — the highest in the county — but 8.8% of infants born during the same time period had low birth weight, higher than the countywide rate of 6.4%, the state's 6.9% and the nation's 8.2%. The possible cause of low birth weight babies in Newport Beach may be a two-pronged issue, said Diplomat on the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Daily Pilot's Doctor's Corner Dr. Jane Bening.
OCNOW
By Kelly Parker | June 28, 2012
In the wake of Thursday morning's 5-4 Supreme Court decision on President Obama's controversial health care legislation, National Public Radio (NPR) asked prominent scholars and lawyers for their take on the issue. Among those who provided legal analysis was Erwin Chemerinsky, the founding dean at the UC Irvine School of Law. “The Supreme Court's decision does not change the law in the way that striking down the law would have. Since 1937, not one federal taxing or spending program has been declared unconstitutional.
NEWS
By Sarah Peters | November 15, 2011
Those without health insurance can get low-cost medical care through the end of the year at Eastbluff Medical Walk-In & Urgent Care, a company spokesman said this week. The Newport Beach medical facility at 2507 Eastbluff Drive is offering $69 office visits beginning Wednesday, which coincides with Urgent Care Awareness Week. "We're just hoping that the people who have been putting things off because of costs will come in and give us a try and have those things taken care of," said spokesman Claudio Varga.
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