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GOP tax plan expected to preserve medical expense deduction

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| Lawmakers have agreed to keep the medical expense deduction, according to reports from NPR. The deduction provides tax relief to an estimated million California households.

California could lose $2.7 billion in kids' health funding

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There's no backup plan to address a potential $2.7 billion shortfall if Congress doesn't renew a health care program for lower-income children by the end of the year.

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Millions are not getting treatment for hearing loss

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A study's co-author says many people just accept hearing loss as a fact of life and some doctors aren't screening for it.

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With Obamacare, Americans seek more preventive cardiovascular care

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A UCLA study says since the Affordable Care Act reduced out-of-pocket costs for preventive care, more people are getting screenings for diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol.

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California fines Anthem Blue Cross $5 million for ignoring complaints

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Health regulators say Anthem Blue Cross is guilty of hundreds of "systemic" violations of its customer grievance policy. The insurer "strongly disagrees" with the findings.

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Sip wine, chat about postponing motherhood at an 'egg social'

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First, there were Tupperware parties. Then Mary Kay soirees. Now, you might be sipping cocktails at an egg-freezing fête for women considering postponing motherhood.

Hospitals scramble to deal with a shortage of saline drip bags

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Hurricane Maria disrupted the operations of a leading manufacturer of saline IV bags — leading to a shortage that has affected California.

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Special Assembly committee begins hearings on health insurance

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The select committeeheld the first in a series of hearings Monday on California’s health system. Lawmakers will hear proposed fixes in coming weeks.

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