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   These are a few of the stories you will find in this week's printed newspaper:
  • Ebola preparedness: Could a deadly virus with its roots in West Africa find its way to Plumas County? The county’s three hospitals are preparing, just in case.
  • Candidates speak: With elections just days away, candidates for local public offices took part in forums and submitted answers to questions from the newspaper.
  • Remembering Grace: The family of an FRC student who died earlier this month said they were overwhelmed by the community’s support after the college held a vigil to remember their daughter.

State says it will appeal MediCal injunction

Delaine Fragnoli
Managing Editor
1/4/2012

The California Department of Health Services announced today that it would “immediately” appeal the preliminary injunction halting MediCal cuts to skilled nursing facilities. The state said it would seek a stay of the injunction from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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COURT HALTS MEDI-CAL CUTS; Skilled nursing facilities get a reprieve

Delaine Fragnoli
Managing Editor
1/4/2012

Patients at skilled nursing facilities in Plumas County can rest a little easier. On Wednesday, Dec. 28, a federal judge granted a preliminary injunction to temporarily halt MediCal cuts that threatened to reduce services at or even close such facilities at Seneca Healthcare District and Eastern Plumas Health Care.

Doug Self, chief executive officer at Seneca, said he was “glad” about the decision. “I felt the MediCal reduction plan was a knee-jerk reaction to the state budget without a thought to the consequences.

“For our hospital, community and residents in long-term care it means we don’t have to react to an emergency.” Self said the reductions could have resulted in closure of Seneca’s long-term facility, which would have meant a loss in jobs.

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