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Proposition 45 is headed toward defeat, new PPIC poll shows
Contra Costa Times

With Election Day less than two weeks away, a once-popular ballot measure that would allow the state’s insurance commissioner to reject rate hikes proposed by health insurers appears to be headed toward defeat, a new poll shows.

Support for Proposition 45 has declined dramatically since September, according to the Public Policy Institute of California survey. Now, only 39 percent of likely voters said they favor the initiative while 46 percent said they planned to vote against it.

News Headlines Article’s EZ form not for legal immigrants
San Francisco Chronicle’s new EZ application for coverage can’t be used by legal immigrants or naturalized U.S. citizens, prompting concern that many Hispanics and Asians will go right back into long enrollment queues this year. The Obama administration has placed a high priority on signing up more Latinos under the health care law for 2015. As the nation’s largest minority group, Hispanics tend to be younger and more likely to be uninsured. An administration official says there have been significant improvements in the application process for immigrants, and more are expected in the future.

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Ebola Patients Generate Over 400 Gallons Of Medical Waste Per Day, Report Says

A single Ebola patient receiving treatment at a U.S. hospital generates eight 55-gallon barrels of waste per day, evidence of a larger problem facing the nation’s hospitals on how to safely dispose of Ebola medical waste, according to a Sunday report from the Los Angeles Times.

Medical waste that piles up while treating Ebola includes everything from masks, hazmat suits and protective shoes worn by the health care workers to cups, towels and pillowcases. Even the patient’s mattress must be thrown out.

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2 people monitored for Ebola in Sacramento County

California officials have been working for weeks to prepare for the potential of treating an Ebola patient in the state. Despite state officials’ constant conversations with hospitals, it’s still not clear which California hospital — if any — would be designated to care for an Ebola patient. At a news conference last week, the state’s top health officials said they are choosing a few hospitals best prepared to do the job.

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On eve of election, insurance commissioner blasts Anthem Blue Cross over some of it rates
San Francisco Business Times

With Election Day less than two weeks away, Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones blasted Anthem Blue Cross for what he deemed an “unreasonable” rate increase for a small sub-set of its business.

Jones described the 9.8 percent boost in rates for roughly 120,000 small-group enrollees as the fourth consecutive rate increase by the Thousand Oaks-based health insurer that the California Department of Insurance found to be “excessive and unreasonable.”

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Putting Marin General’s patient care goals in order
Marin Independent Journal

Recently published Medicare data shows that Marin General Hospital has stellar safety and clinical outcomes as well as positive patient satisfaction results. On a 10-point scale, more than 90 percent of patients rated their overall experience at the hospital 7 or higher — most of which are an excellence rating of 9 or 10. These scores are good but can be improved.

Customer satisfaction is key to the success of any business, including hospitals.