File Photo. Photo by Noe Magaña.


Hazel Hawkins, Anthem Blue Cross reach agreement

It takes effect Jan. 1.

County Express bus entering the Hazel Hawkins emergency room parking lot. Photo by Noe Magaña.


Hazel Hawkins and Anthem Blue Cross part ways

Hospital and insurer end coverage for PPO patients, but ‘negotiations are still open,’ hospital says.

Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital in Hollister, Ca. Photo by John Chadwell


Hazel Hawkins says negotiations for appropriate payment rate with Anthem not effective

"...our organization must advocate for the financial stability of our District," said HHMH CEO Steven Hannah.

Mary Ann and Ray Barragan. Courtesy of Golden Memorial Insurance.


Ray Barragan, from garlic grinder to a leader in burial insurance

The family continues his business and legacy of good works.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.


Ambulance rates increasing in 2020

Medi-Cal and Medicare patient costs will not be impacted.

Government / Politics

As partnership talks collapse, Hazel Hawkins financial picture shows serious stress

Rural hospitals are struggling nationwide because of declining insurance reimbursements. Some familiar with HHMH wonder if this is the problem, while others believe management decisions resulted in the hospital’s current state.



12.5% Increase Expected for Covered California Rates in San Benito Co.

With only one choice for health care coverage available to San Benito residents in 2018, Covered California rates for the region will increase by 12.5%.

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New law is good news for Medi-Cal beneficiaries

A new law will make it much more difficult for Medi-Cal to recover against an individual's estate



Hospital, area doctors lose insurance plans, affecting hundreds of patients

Aetna cancels insurance contracts affecting Hazel Hawkins Hospital, more than 100 doctors, thousands of patients

Photo by Hollister Firefighters Association shows Fire Station No. 1.

Business / Economy

Hollister Fire Department plans to collect ‘mitigation fees’

Regardless of any fee, according to officials, people should not hesitate to dial 911 in an emergency

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Insurance Solicitation is NOT a Government Program

Private advertising is NOT government mail - don't be confused


Government / Politics

President Obama signs California Medicare fix

President Obama has signed a bill, carried by Rep. Sam Farr to permanently fix the underpayment by Medicare to local doctors.