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September 13, 2003
Ryan Carter Legislation that would require small business owners to provide their employees with health- insurance coverage has passed through a conference committee headed by Assemblyman Dario Frommer (D-Burbank) and was expected to wind up on the governor's desk Friday night. A six-member committee of legislators agreed earlier this week on the bill, which the Senate passed and the Assembly was expected to pass late Friday, the final day of the 2003 legislative session.
NEWS
April 27, 2002
Laura Sturza BURBANK -- Health insurance premium hikes of up to 25%, on the horizon for city employees, probably are a precursor to rising costs for everyone else. About 790 city employees and 1,300 Burbank Unified School District employees will be affected beginning Jan. 1. Some monthly out-of-pocket expenses will climb more than 25%, based on the number of family members covered. The California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS)
THE818NOW
By Lisa Zamosky | December 9, 2013
Burbank student Maria Cardenas, 26, has been without health insurance for the last four years, and it worries her. "I'm really healthy and don't generally get sick, but there are occasions when it happens," she said. "I want to be able to go to the doctor when I need to and not worry that I can't. " Cardenas works as a chemistry tutor and sometimes as an on-call nanny while she gathers enough credits at Pierce College to apply for medical school. She pieces jobs together to make ends meet, and though she wants health insurance, she can't afford it. "Even a plan with low coverage was pretty expensive," she said.
NEWS
September 10, 2003
Ryan Carter Legislation that would require small businesses to pay health insurance could be put on hold if another bill to reform California's workers' compensation system is not worked out by Friday, a local legislator said Tuesday. With just three days left before the end of the Legislature's session, a six-member conference committee led by Assemblyman Dario Frommer (D-Burbank) and state Senate President Pro Tem John Burton (D-San Francisco)
NEWS
October 28, 2000
Regarding Will Rogers column Sept. 20 ("Voters doomed if they cast vote for him"). I also attended the candidates forum in La Canada Flintridge on Sept. 15. It was unfortunate that the Libertarian candidate was not invited, however, his supporters were ejected from inside the auditorium because they were disrupting the meeting. Rogers failed to mention that the Libertarian supporters picketed and chanted loudly outside the auditorium throughout the entire meeting.
THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene@tchekmedyian@latimes.com | September 21, 2012
More Burbank residents were unemployed and without health insurance last year than in 2007 and 2009, respectively, according to 2011 census estimates released this week. Unemployment among Burbank workers reached 8.4% in 2011, up from 5.2% in 2007, highlighting the crippling effects of the economic crisis, which has cost millions of Americans their jobs and homes. But Burbank workers proved to be better off than Americans nationwide, as the national unemployment rate reached 10.3% last year, according to estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau.
NEWS
February 23, 2002
Maya Kukes MEDIA DISTRICT NORTH -- Finding out her son was deaf was hard enough for Susan Grafman. Finding out her insurance company wouldn't pay for his hearing aids was infuriating. Grafman's 6-year-old son, Jake, was diagnosed as deaf almost four years ago. She was told by her provider, Blue Cross Blue Shield, that her policy did not cover hearing aids, which typically cost $2,500 to $5,000 per pair. Her second son, Justin, now 3, is also deaf.
NEWS
January 30, 2013
Roughly a dozen activists and union members gathered outside the Burbank office of Rep. Adam Schiff's Wednesday, urging the congressman to protect federal health insurance programs, while blasting what they called the nation's “rigged tax system.” Local constituents joined event-organizer American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations to protest cuts to Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security, as well as tax loopholes for...
NEWS
By Chris Carson and Joan Hardie | August 12, 2009
America is facing a health-care crisis caused by a combination of skyrocketing costs and an insurance system that leaves 47 million of us without any coverage. The current health-care system is endangering both our economy and our health, and voters have made it clear that they want change. According to a study reported in the New England Journal of Medicine, 70% of Americans surveyed believe the health-care system needs major changes, if not a complete overhaul. Health-care reform legislation must guarantee quality, affordable health care to all U.S. residents.
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By Lisa Zamosky | December 9, 2013
Burbank student Maria Cardenas, 26, has been without health insurance for the last four years, and it worries her. "I'm really healthy and don't generally get sick, but there are occasions when it happens," she said. "I want to be able to go to the doctor when I need to and not worry that I can't. " Cardenas works as a chemistry tutor and sometimes as an on-call nanny while she gathers enough credits at Pierce College to apply for medical school. She pieces jobs together to make ends meet, and though she wants health insurance, she can't afford it. "Even a plan with low coverage was pretty expensive," she said.
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NEWS
December 5, 2013
A New York Times columnist is wondering: Where is the love? Nicholas D. Kristoff says there's a “profound lack of empathy” these days, after columns he wrote about food stamp recipients, prison inmates and those without health insurance drew scornful responses from readers. After acknowledging that some people end up in jail or poverty because of their own bad decisions, he asks: “Do we really think that kids should go hungry if they have criminal parents? Should a little boy not get a curved spine treated properly because his dad is a deadbeat?
NEWS
November 8, 2013
I find myself amused that people want to cancel their newspaper subscription based upon a one editorial . We live in a free society where open and free discussions are supposed to rule the land. Perhaps those that want to cancel their daily paper are not too interested with facts to begin with. So let us throw a few out there. The Affordable Care Act allows for better preventive health care. Insurance plans available under the plan offer a variety of free screenings and vaccinations, including flu shots.
NEWS
October 19, 2013
There is no question that - at multiple levels - America is going to continue to feel the economic reverberations of the shameful display of right-wing political brinkmanship that shut down the government this month. But that attempt to derail the Affordable Care Act was hugely unpopular and ultimately unsuccessful. For that we can be grateful. As we report today, in our area alone nearly one-fifth of the population has been making do without health insurance, likely because they could not find the money to pay for it. This volume of uninsured residents can present a host of problems, not only to the people involved, but to the cities in which they live.
NEWS
By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | October 18, 2013
One Tuesday a month, Stephen Houlemard gets a ride to the Glendale Free Clinic, located on the second floor of the First United Methodist Church of Glendale, from a friend. Houlemard, a Temple City resident, comes to the clinic to monitor the diseases - diabetes and Addison's disease, an adrenal gland disorder - he's suffered from for decades, and to pick up medication. Houlemard's treatment, like that of all patients at the clinic, is paid for with grants from local hospitals and the effort of volunteers.
NEWS
January 30, 2013
Roughly a dozen activists and union members gathered outside the Burbank office of Rep. Adam Schiff's Wednesday, urging the congressman to protect federal health insurance programs, while blasting what they called the nation's “rigged tax system.” Local constituents joined event-organizer American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations to protest cuts to Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security, as well as tax loopholes for...
THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene@tchekmedyian@latimes.com | September 21, 2012
More Burbank residents were unemployed and without health insurance last year than in 2007 and 2009, respectively, according to 2011 census estimates released this week. Unemployment among Burbank workers reached 8.4% in 2011, up from 5.2% in 2007, highlighting the crippling effects of the economic crisis, which has cost millions of Americans their jobs and homes. But Burbank workers proved to be better off than Americans nationwide, as the national unemployment rate reached 10.3% last year, according to estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau.
NEWS
By Patrick Caneday | August 18, 2012
There used to be a time when the only people who cared what junk-food companies did were health advocates. How I long for those days. Can we not have our artery-clogging pizzas, breaded chicken filet sandwiches and crème-filled cookies without stressing over the political or religious positions of those who serve them up to us? The latest munchies magnate to step into the food court of public scrutiny is John Schnatter, chief executive of Papa John's Pizza, and a Mitt Romney fundraiser.
THE818NOW
August 1, 2012
Good morning, readers. Today is Wednesday, Aug. 1. It appears a search for a missing Burbank FBI agent has come to a tragic close.  Authorities on Tuesday pulled a body from an area behind St.Francis Xavier Church that they believe is that of Steven Ivens , who went missing on May 11. Ivens' wife, who led search efforts last month, did not comment on the discovery Tuesday . Burbank Leader A 29-year-old Toluca Lake man is...
NEWS
By Christopher Cadelago | May 12, 2010
CITY HALL — About one-third of Burbank’s 1,600 workers earned $100,000 or more last year — a figure that has grown steadily over the last decade, according to city records. The number of city employees paid at least $100,000, including overtime, cash benefits and cashed-out leave, totaled 543 last year. The calculation excludes the cost of pension-related benefits and some health insurance.     Read the full list here [PDF] The data obtained by The Leader show that several six-figure earners added to their base pay with overtime and “other pay,” which includes payouts for unused vacation days and cash benefits toward heath plans, professional development, uniform allowance and other perks.
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