Annie SciaccaThe Mercury News Reporter
Annie Sciacca covers local government in Oakland and the East Bay. She joined Bay Area News Group in 2016 and has covered business, politics, education, and breaking news across California, including many of the state's largest and most destructive wildfires.
Patient advocates have long alleged the Medical Board of California is ineffective at policing doctors. But a proposal to beef up its budget and overhaul procedures faces stiff resistance from the doctors' lobby.
A state Senate bill would extend workers’ compensation coverage of post-traumatic stress injuries for firefighters and police officers. But a separate bill to cover paramedics and EMTs is unlikely to be heard.
Workers who lose employer-based health coverage during a strike or lockout will have access to a full-subsidy plan through Covered California.