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Covered CA enrollment continues to surge during COVID-19 pandemic

Those who are uninsured and meet eligibility requirements can sign up for coverage through June 30.

Brandy Applewhite in Stage One personal protective equipment. Photo provided.


Caregiving in the time of coronavirus

Three caregivers talk about how they protect clients and themselves.

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Covered California enrollment deadline nears

Financial help available to eligible consumers to help lower the cost of their coverage.

Mug shot of Annamalai Ashokan after being arrested for felony sexual assault. Photo courtesy of Chico Police Department website.


Hollister doctor arrested in Chico on sexual assault charges

Annamalai Ashokan faced similar accusations in 2000.

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Covered California open enrollment ends January 15

Next week is the deadline for coverage to start February 1.

Members of Youth Alliance share their concerns with the lack of mental health services in the county. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Children and Youth

Youth Alliance calls for expanded mental health services in San Benito County

Group gives presentation to Board of Supervisors.

Photo provided by Hazel Hawkins Hospital.

Children and Youth

Pediatrix Medical Group to join Hazel Hawkins Hospital

Partnership with a MEDNAX affiliate that also provides services to Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose.

Incumbent Josie Sanchez said with more than three years on the board she has the knowledge of how to take the hospital forward.

Government / Politics

Election 2018: San Benito County Healthcare District Zones 2 and 4

Zone 2 candidates include Josie Sanchez, Frank Barragan and Ross Blasingame. The four candidates for Zone 4 include Don Winn, Mary Casillas, Jason Noble and Ann Ross.

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COMMENTARY: Hazel Hawkins prioritizes transparency and public involvement

After accusations of a Brown Act violation regarding transparency, the Hazel Hawkins Hospital Board of Directors issued a response.

Of the five members on the Hazel Hawkins Hospital Board of Directors, lone physician Ariel Hurtado (second from left) said the board has violated the Brown Act more than once. Photo by John Chadwell.

Business / Economy

Candidate for health care district concerned about Brown Act violation

Current board member says hospital has violated act in the past.

The banner outside Hazel Hawkins Hospital belies the internal strife to keep it running. Photos by John Chadwell.


Hazel Hawkins Hospital struggles to keep its doors open

Because of the changing healthcare landscape in California, Hazel Hawkins and other rural hospitals are threatened with closing as expenses surpass revenues.

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Business / Economy

Hazel Hawkins Hospital looks to the future in strategic planning

Hazel Hawkins Hospital convened a Health Care Advisory committee comprised of community leaders to help guide the District Board, as additional community health care advocates, on strategic plans and the future direction of the Health Care District

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OPINION: Why so late with Healthcare District public meetings?

The public won’t support future changes if they do not understand the facts and forecasts that will be driving those decisions.

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OPINION: Healthcare is too expensive overall, that’s the real problem

Politicians refuse to face up to the fundamental issue which is the overall cost of healthcare

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Children and Youth

OPINION: The Republican healthcare plan would devastate California’s rural communities

U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris says that in rural communities, millions of Americans would lose coverage under the GOP healthcare plan that “would threaten the rural hospitals, clinics, and health centers,” among other health care resources