healthcare

Carol Tangeman

While the struggle over health care continues in Washington D.C., a San Luis Obispo County doctor follows his dream by providing top quality care - at no cost to the patient.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 4:30 p.m.

Covered California announced Wednesday it is extending the deadline for enrolling for health insurance through the state exchange. Uninsured Californians looking for coverage to start on January 1 now have until midnight on December 17 - Saturday night - to sign up. Covered California says over 25,000 people enrolled in the past two days alone.

California leads the nation in the number of people getting insurance through the Affordable Care Act.  Even so, there are still millions here without insurance.  Community clinics and public hospitals, like the Natividad Medical Center in Salinas, are part of the safety net for uninsured Californians.  But as the Affordable Care Act is implemented, they're facing changes.  Lisa Morehouse reports.

As traditional western medicine focuses more on care and cure, a gap widens for individuals with serious and life-limiting illnesses who need care and comfort but are not ready for hospice care.  Palliative Medicine enhances the quality of life for patients with serious illnesses by relieving symptoms, pain, and stress.  Host Kris Kington Barker talks with health care professionals about the growing need for Palliative Medicine and its benefits.

This week Kris Kington Barker talks with Steve Mahr and Fred Aguilara from the Community Health Centers of the Central Coast. They discuss the national healthcare plan roll-out from the viewpoint of an institution that will be providing care, and is involved in helping people to sign up right now. They address the most common misconceptions about the plan, including what your choices are and the state of the website.