First in a series of stories about how health care reform is affecting newly insured Medi-Cal patients.
By Robin Urevich
Before health reform, Los Angeles County clinics served people who had no other options—sick patients with no health insurance.
But as 2014 approached, county officials realized that many of their clients would become insured and choose other health care.
Five older adult women sit in recliners covered with blankets. They wear soft booties on their feet while harp music plays quietly. A TV monitor gently rotates photos of flowers, while the walls feature beach décor graphics – deck chairs, fishing gear, plants and beach grass. The room’s artificial lights are off.
By Matt Perry
“Science progresses one funeral at a time.” – German physicist Max Planck
No other death has so profoundly changed the way we perceive the dying process as that of Brittany Maynard, the young California woman who insisted on the right to die on her own terms by moving to Oregon, where she could legally end her suffering from terminal brain cancer.