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Some health insurance gets pricier as Obamacare rolls out

Some health insurance gets pricier as Obamacare rolls out

Thousands of Californians are discovering what Obamacare will cost them — and many don't like what they see. These middle-class consumers are staring at hefty increases on their insurance bills as the overhaul remakes the healthcare market. Their rates are rising in large part to help offset the higher costs of covering sicker, poorer people who have been shut out of the system for years. —Los Angeles Times, 10/28/13 More »

Thousands get health insurance cancellation notices

Thousands get health insurance cancellation notices

Kaiser Permanente in California has sent health insurance cancellation notices to 160,000 people – about half of its individual business in the state. Consumer advocates say such cancellations raise concerns that companies may be targeting their most costly enrollees. They may be “doing this as an opportunity to push their populations into the exchange and purge their systems” of policyholders they no longer want, said Jerry Flanagan, an attorney with the advocacy group Consumer Watchdog in California. —NBC News, 10/24/13 More »

Hayward: Kaiser to close pediatric hospital unit Nov. 17

Hayward: Kaiser to close pediatric hospital unit Nov. 17

HAYWARD -- KAISER PERMANENTE ANNOUNCED WEDNESDAY IT WILL CLOSE ITS PEDIATRIC HOSPITAL UNIT ON NOV. 17 AND SHIFT YOUNG PATIENTS TO OAKLAND. Although Kaiser Permanente says those patients will get better care in Oakland, the move is opposed by nurses, who say it will create a hardship for parents. —Inside Bay Area, 10/23/13 More »

San Leandro Hospital ownership to transfer at end of October

San Leandro Hospital ownership to transfer at end of October

SAN LEANDRO -- Ownership of beleaguered San Leandro Hospital transfers to Alameda Health System at the end of the month, the latest development in a lengthy fight by local officials to keep the struggling hospital open. "I'm really excited, because the emergency room and other acute-care services will remain open," said Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan, who brokered the deal between Alameda Health System, an independent operator of county health facilities, and Sutter Health, which owns the 93-bed hospital. "We've been working on this for a long, long time." —The Daily Review, 10/18/13 More »

CUTTING OR NOT? Nurses say yes, Kaiser says no

CUTTING OR NOT? Nurses say yes, Kaiser says no

They came with a petition of more than 400 signatures to Kaiser Permanente Medical Center. Kaiser Manteca hospital nurses and those covered by Kaiser continued their efforts Wednesday to bring back services cut earlier this year. The group led by the California Nurses Association – support also came from folks attending a weekend community forum, including many seniors from Woodbridge-Del Webb – requested that Kaiser re-open the 17-bed third floor to admit patients from the Emergency Room. —Manteca Bulletin, 10/17/13 More »

CNA wins new contract for 200 RNs at San Leandro Hospital once it transfers to Alameda Health System

CNA wins new contract for 200 RNs at San Leandro Hospital once it transfers to Alameda Health System

The California Nurses Association, which is on a contract roll recently, has won the first contract for 200 RNs at San Leandro Hospital under new owner Alameda Health System. The San Leandro acute-care facility, the subject of years of debate and conflict, has been part of Sutter Health for a number of years, but shifts to Alameda Health System's growing network at month-end. —San Francisco Business Times, 10/16/13 More »

Hospital giant fails in bid to swipe nurses’ sick days

Hospital giant fails in bid to swipe nurses’ sick days

One of the country’s largest and most profitable hospital chains has been defeated in its effort to take away its nurses’ sick days, according to the union that mounted nine strikes there over the past two years. “The nurses would’ve come to work sick, and the patients’ health would’ve declined,” said California Nurses Association Executive Director Rose Ann DeMoro. “Because the nurses would be exposing current patients to the past patients’ illnesses.” While nurses “take the risk of being around very sick people,” DeMoro told Salon, they “are not super-women.” —Salon, 10/14/13 More »

Washington Hospital nurses, engineers get raises

Washington Hospital nurses, engineers get raises

FREMONT -- Nurses and engineers at Washington Hospital will get pay raises with the approval of two new labor contracts by the board of directors. The hospital's 683 registered nurses represented by the California Nurses Association will get a 1 percent pay raise retroactive to July 1, and another 1 percent raise next July. They will also receive a bonus this month worth 1 percent of their pre-raise pay, and another 1 percent bonus in January. —Contra Costa Times, 10/14/13 More »

Kaiser Manteca nurses taking hospital concerns to Del Webb folks

Kaiser Manteca nurses taking hospital concerns to Del Webb folks

Kaiser Manteca nurses are pounding the pavement today at Woodbridge at Del Webb to share with the residents their concerns about the state of health services at the West Yosemite Avenue medical facility. California Nurses Association labor representative Kevin Hall said the Kaiser-Manteca nurses will be knocking on doors this morning. The door-to-door foot campaign will begin with a 30-minute group assembly at the Manteca Fire Station No. 4, 1465 W. Lathrop Road west of Union Road before the nurses start walking around the age-restricted neighborhood. —Manteca Bulletin, 10/14/13 More »

DON’T CLOSE HOSPITAL Rallying cry for Kaiser nurses, members

DON’T CLOSE HOSPITAL Rallying cry for Kaiser nurses, members

A grass-root effort to prevent Kaiser Permanente from continuing to eliminate services and possibly save the Manteca hospital from closing its doors appears to be gaining support. That’s based on the strong turnout at the “Keep Manteca Safe: Kaiser, don’t close our hospital” community forum Sunday at the First Christian Church in Manteca coupled with the 400 signatures taken from last week’s Pumpkin Fair. —Manteca Bulletin, 10/14/13 More »

Nurses Union to Hold Meeting on Kaiser Services

MANTECA - The California Nurses Association, which contends that Kaiser Permanente is escalating its reduction of patient services in Manteca, will host a community meeting at 4 p.m. Sunday at the First Christian Church, 1125 N. Union Road, Manteca. —The Record, 10/14/13 More »

Kaiser: We’re not closing in Manteca. Nurses contend hospital reductions part of slow death

Kaiser: We’re not closing in Manteca. Nurses contend hospital reductions part of slow death

That is the word from Corwin Harper who serves as senior vice president and area manager of the hospital’s Central Valley area. Manteca Kaiser nurses, however, are maintaining that what the health care corporation has been doing in the past several months is tantamount to a gradual closure of the hospital in Manteca. —Manteca Bulletin, 10/09/13 More »

Tentative 3-year contract agreement between John Muir-Concord, registered nurses

Tentative 3-year contract agreement between John Muir-Concord, registered nurses

Registered nurses at John Muir Medical Center, Concord have reached a tentative three-year contract nurses say will bring patient care improvements as well as secure nurses' health coverage. The settlement, reached Wednesday, covers more than 700 registered nurses who belong to the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. A ratification vote is set for Oct. 1. —Contra Costa Times, 09/20/13 More »

CNA union seeks to represent 600 RNs at CPMC’s Pacific campus

CNA union seeks to represent 600 RNs at CPMC’s Pacific campus

The California Nurses Association is seeking a secret-ballot union representation election at California Pacific Medical Center's Pacific campus, which it calls "one of the few hospitals in San Francisco where the RNs remain non-union." The Oakland-based union, which represents 85,000 registered nurses in the state, said it asked the National Labor Relations Board on Sept. 5 to schedule an election for the 600 RNs who work on CPMC's Pacific campus in San Francisco's posh Pacific Heights neighborhood. —San Francisco Business Times, 09/06/13 More »

Monopoly medicine may be bad for your health

Monopoly medicine may be bad for your health

Who is really behind the doors at your local “community” hospital? In recent weeks you may have seen a billboard near Barstow Community Hospital with a message from registered nurses, “Protect Our Patients, Don’t Silence Nurses,” and a photo of a real RN (that’s me). —By: Deborah Burger, RN and CNA/NNU Co-president, 09/04/13 More »

Sutter electronic records system went down in East SF Bay

Sutter electronic records system went down in East SF Bay

The electronic health record system at seven East Bay hospitals, medical offices and clinics went dark on Monday in an unplanned outage. The information technology system had been down for a planned upgrade Friday. At about 8 a.m. Monday, the electronic health record system at seven East Bay hospitals, medical offices and clinics went dark. The meltdown continued through late afternoon or early evening, according to early reports from the California Nurses Association. —Sacramento Business Journal, 08/27/13 More »

Palomar Health Reaches Four-Year Deal With Nurses, Caregivers

Palomar Health Reaches Four-Year Deal With Nurses, Caregivers

Nurses and other caregivers at Palomar Health have tentatively agreed to a new four-year contract that covers more than 3,000 employees at three North County hospitals. The new labor agreement calls for raises of up to 14.75 percent over four years. After months of negotiations, nurses convinced management to drop cuts in retirement benefits. —KPBS News, 08/20/13 More »

Chevron Feels the Summer Heat in Richmond, CA

Chevron Feels the Summer Heat in Richmond, CA

Last Saturday, August 3, a broad coalition of labor, indigenous, health and environmental justice groups marched to the Chevron refinery in Richmond, California, marking the one-year anniversary of the explosion and fire that sent smoke billowing into the air and 15,000 area residents to the hospital with respiratory problems. Nineteen refinery workers were lucky to escape the incident alive. —The Progressive, 08/12/13 More »

Nurses union tells supervisors it has no confidence in management

Nurses union tells supervisors it has no confidence in management

The nurses union at Ventura County’s public hospitals presented a letter of no confidence in management to the county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. The nurses are in contract talks with county management. Eight of them spoke at Tuesday’s board meeting, complaining of insufficient staffing, low pay and indifferent management. An additional 40 or so people, including nurses and their families, sat in the audience in support. —Ventura County Star, 08/06/13 More »

U.S. District judge: BCH must negotiate  Hospital could be slapped with fines if not compliant

U.S. District judge: BCH must negotiate Hospital could be slapped with fines if not compliant

After more than a year-long failure to reach an initial contract, a U.S. District judge has ruled Barstow Community Hospital must bargain with its registered nurses’ representative or potentially face fines. A 10(j) injunction was levied against BCH last week and comes on the heels of a temporary restraining order issued against the hospital June 24. The two sides — Community Health System-backed BCH and the California Nurses Association union — have been at an impasse since the CNA was certified in June of last year as the RN’s exclusive representative for the purposes of collective bargaining. —Desert Dispatch, 08/06/13 More »

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