As state insurance commissioner, Dave Jones has the power to regulate rates for car and homeowner insurance. He can halt an insurer’s proposed increase if the company can’t justify the higher cost. Health insurance is another matter.

Ask Emily is a biweekly column by Emily Bazar of the CHCF Center for Health Reporting, answering questions about the Affordable Care Act. Read all her columns at sacbee.com/askemily

Kent Brantly always wanted to be a medical missionary, and he took the work seriously, spending months treating a steady stream of patients with Ebola in Liberia.

A Raley’s Food For Families pilot program and the Salvation Army will be providing fresh fruits and vegetables along with other groceries to the first 50 needy famlies arriving at a “pantry refresh” event Tuesday (July 29) in Sacramento. The distribution will be at 9 a.m. at the Salvation Army Family Services center at 4350 Raley Blvd., just north of the Raley Boulevard exit off Interstate 80.

The latest suit, filed in federal court in Sacramento on behalf of 58 current and former inmates, accuses the state of knowing for years that its Central Valley prisons were incubators for the incurable sickness, but doing nothing to address the problem.

Sacramento County will reopen a financial fraud unit in January after reports of scams against the elderly have gone up dramatically since Adult Protective Services eliminated the unit several years ago.

When it comes to preventing the spread of germs, maybe the president is on to something with his fondness for fist bumps.

One study found that the number of homeless deaths remains consistent throughout the year. The elements continue to take a toll regardless of the season.

Three people accused of scheming to manufacture and ship salmonella-tainted peanuts that killed nine people, sickened more than 700 and prompted one of the largest food recalls in history are set to go to trial this week in south Georgia.

A group of young patients at UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center is part of a nationwide study that examines the effects of animal-assisted therapy on patients, their families and therapy dogs.

Some health advocates want the California State Board of Pharmacy to require pharmacies to provide translated prescription labels for limted-English speakers.

San Francisco-based Dignity Health and Anthem Blue Cross have gone into overtime on negotiations for a new contract, but both sides appear confident of an eventual agreement.

Santa Rosa-based REACH Air Medical Services said it plans to expand its Northern California operations with a new air ambulance base in Rancho Cordova, providing 24/7 emergency medical and services to the Sacramento area by October.

Furor over an unscheduled Saturday aerial pesticide spraying for West Nile virus in North Natomas has prompted the local mosquito control district to change its alert process when spraying agricultural fields near residential neighborhoods.

Walking with a mall club is especially beneficial for older adults because it establishes social circles wherein friends hold each other accountable for staying active.

Kaiser Permanante spreads the wealth in the four-county region by giving $1.4 million as part of its community benefits grants

President Barack Obama on Tuesday sought to downplay dueling court rulings over the validity of a key provision of the Affordable Care Act, but Republicans on Capitol Hill seized on the latest news as another reason the federal health care law should be scrapped.

Two appeals courts on Tuesday reached radically different conclusions about whether millions of consumers in 36 states can use tax credits to help buy health coverage on the federal health insurance marketplace.

Amid criticism that the California Acupuncture Board’s priorities give short shrift to consumer protection, state lawmakers are moving for an overhaul and lobbing a pointed message at its executive officer to get in line.

Concerned about an increase in the number of insects and birds testing positive for West Nile virus this summer, the local mosquito abatement district is once again using planes to spray pesticides over parts of the Sacramento region.

There is more good news about HIV treatment pills used to prevent infection in people at high risk of getting the AIDS virus: Follow-up from a landmark study that proved the drug works now shows that it does not encourage risky sex and is effective even if people skip some doses.

A state appellate court Monday ordered the dismissal of a lawsuit that could have cost Sutter Health more than $4 billion when it ruled that millions of the health care giant’s patients had no right to sue over the theft of a computer with their personal, medical and insurance records on its hard drive.

The ads by health nonprofit California Endowment have appeared in the rotunda of the state Capitol, on bus stops across Sacramento and as a 90-by-140-foot mural on a historic Los Angeles hotel. But not in the Sacramento International Airport, where officials deemed them too controversial. One ad shows several people with the statement, “1.4 million undocumented tax-paying Californians lack health coverage.”

In the shadows of Grant Union High School, The 3 B’s barbershop hosts Little League sign-ups, fundraising carwashes and community association meetings. These days, the red stucco shop is where people come to talk about tuberculosis.

Five employees of a company accused of selling expired beef and chicken to McDonald's, KFC and other restaurants in China were detained by police Wednesday after an official said illegal activity was an organized effort by the supplier.

Dignity Health agreed to pay the federal government $1.55 million to settle claims that its Sacramento area facilities failed to keep tabs on painkillers and other drugs, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.

Can medications slow the advance of dementia in someone diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease? Are other psychiatric medications appropriate to use in people with dementia?

Sacramento County has two effective programs that help low-income women cope with first-time motherhood.

During most summer weeks, more than 300 campers are running around UC Davis in bright yellow T-shirts and a few layers of sunscreen for one of the university’s many recreational youth programs. This week, 15 more are forming a league of their own through the campus’s first-ever diabetes camp.

Let’s start with some good news (because everything is relative): The backlog of Medi-Cal applications that I called “monumental” last month is now merely “massive.”

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