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HIGH-DOSE FLU VACCINE MORE EFFECTIVE FOR ELDERLY – Friday, Dec. 19
Giving frail, older residents of long-term care facilities a high-dose flu vaccine produces a significantly better immune response than a regular flu shot, a University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine study has found. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

HELPING CONSUMERS UNDERSTAND CAL MEDICONNECT - Thursday, Dec. 18
The California Department of Health Care Services is promoting its Coordinated Care Initiative through Cal MediConnecToons, a simple video walk-though for people eligible for both Medicare and Medi-Cal. Video

GOVERNMENT CLARIFIES SAME-SEX RULES – Tuesday, Dec. 16
Federal Medicare and Medicaid officials have issued new guidance requiring long-term care facilities in all states to recognize same-sex spouses and extend them all relevant rights and privileges, if the marriage was legal in the jurisdiction where it occurred. McKnight’s Long-Term Care News

COVERED CALIFORNIA EXTENDS DEADLINE – Tuesday, Dec. 16
Covered California, the state's health-insurance exchange, has extended its deadline until Dec. 21 for consumers who made some "good faith effort" by the original Dec. 15 deadline to sign up for Obamacare coverage taking effect Jan. 1. Los Angeles Times

SPECIAL SANTA FOR CHILDREN WITH AUTISM – Monday, Dec. 15
In the San Fernando Valley, a special Sensitive Santa makes time for children with autism away from the chaos of the mall. Los Angeles Times

INTRODUCING THE CAHF 2014 NURSE OF THE YEAR - Thursday, Dec. 11
With a career of 24-plus years, CAHF’s Nurse of the Year, Shony Del Pilar, is profiled in Balita Filipino News

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