One of the selling points for the Affordable Care Act was that patients with insurance would have primary care doctors to take care of them and less reason to use expensive and overcrowded hospital emergency rooms. As the second year of the health law unfolds, ERs in the central San Joaquin Valley are busier than previous years seeing patients – most of whom have insurance.
Prosecutors in Merced County are reviewing dozens of petitions from felons seeking to reduce their convictions to misdemeanors in the wake of the recent passage of Proposition 47, creating a substantial caseload increase for an already staff-strapped DA’s office.
The only possibility of rain in the next 10 days is Tuesday, forecasters predicted, but it’s only a 20 percent chance. With one week left in the month, the county is experiencing a severe rainfall deficit.
Officials from Merced County’s The Bus are planning new route schedules to start Feb. 2 to improve the overall transit system and provide efficient service to the greatest number of people in the county, according to a news release.
A Merced man charged with vandalizing the Merced County War Memorial earlier this month has been described by authorities as having a recent history of sporadic homelessness or transiency, and prosecutors have been advised of documented mental health issues.
Greg Hostetler donated 8.33 acres of land near Merced College to the Merced High Quarterback Club. The plan is to sell the land and use the money for building the football stadium. The land is currently for sale at $2.1 million.