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Proposition 45 would allow state to regulate insurance rates

August 27, 2014

Proposition 45 would allow state to regulate insurance rates

By Alisha Wyman

A proposed ballot measure facing voters this fall would give the state the authority to deny health insurance rate increases, a change some consumer groups say is long overdue but that opponents warn could impede Californians’ access to insurance coverage.

Proposition 45, slated for the Nov. 4 ballot, appears simple.

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LA County Struggles with Mentally Ill Inmates

August 24, 2014

LA County Struggles with Mentally Ill Inmates

By Chris Richard

The inmate had stripped off his suicide-prevention gown.

Such garments are of heavy fabric, like moving blankets, so that inmates in the Los Angeles County Jail’s “high observation” wing can’t tear them up to make ropes and hang themselves.

This man had rolled his gown into a club.

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Despite Errors, State Continues Enrolling Adults With Disabilities and the Elderly in New Health Program

August 22, 2014

Despite Errors, State Continues Enrolling Adults With Disabilities and the Elderly in New Health Program

By Angela Woodall

Ben Rockwell is a 68-year-old retired nurse with Parkinson’s disease and a long list of other health problems. He has to juggle two government health plans to make sure he gets the care he needs, but over the past two decades, he’s gotten good at it.

That’s why when he became eligible to join a new state health program, called Cal MediConnect, he decided he would pass.

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Straightening Out the Knot: The Cancer Resource Center of the Desert

August 22, 2014

Straightening Out the Knot: The Cancer Resource Center of the Desert

By Robert Fulton

Adrian Tapia and his wife Ana faced more than fear after Adrian was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2013. Between the doctor visits, the scans, surgery and rehabilitation, paperwork had to be filled out. Treatments required a two-hour-plus drive each way back and forth from the Imperial Valley to San Diego.

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Hurdles Remain to Signing Up More Latinos for Health Coverage

August 20, 2014

Hurdles Remain to Signing Up More Latinos for Health Coverage

By Fran Kritz

As a college-prep consultant, Marina Grijalva heard about the Affordable Care Act and how it would enable her to sign up for health insurance. But the enrollment campaigns — which the state poured tens of millions of dollars into — didn’t reach her sister or many other Latinos.

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Legislative Committee Orders Audit of Medi-Cal Directories After Reports of Inaccuracies

August 14, 2014

By Hannah Guzik

A state legislative committee ordered an audit Thursday of provider directories that are given to people in California’s low-income health program, after reports of major inaccuracies.

The state audit, proposed by Sen. Ricardo Lara, will examine the managed-care directories, whether they list enough doctors who are accepting new patients and whether state regulators have done their jobs overseeing that aspect of the Medi-Cal program.

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Peer Respites for Mental Health Consumers Prevent Hospitalizations

August 12, 2014

Peer Respites for Mental Health Consumers Prevent Hospitalizations

By Lynn Graebner

As people with mental health crises overwhelm California’s hospitals, jails and homeless shelters, counties across the state are gradually embracing residential respite houses located in neighborhoods and staffed by peers — people who have been consumers of the mental health system.

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UCSF Team Works to Meet Physical Care Needs of Mental Health Patients

August 8, 2014

UCSF Team Works to Meet Physical Care Needs of Mental Health Patients

By Linda Childers

A cutting-edge program run through the UC San Francisco School of Nursing is helping people with mental illness better manage all of their health needs.

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Despite Regulations, Low-Income Californians With Learning Disabilities Often Fall Through the Cracks

August 6, 2014

Despite Regulations, Low-Income Californians With Learning Disabilities Often Fall Through the Cracks

By Claudia Boyd-Barrett

Shortly after she began participating in California’s Welfare-to-Work program, Michele Marino began to think she was going crazy.

The single mother had just enrolled in a government cash-assistance program to help support herself and her two young sons, while she searched for a job and took classes at a community college.

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Many Young Men Now Have Insurance, But Will They See a Doctor?

August 4, 2014

Many Young Men Now Have Insurance, But Will They See a Doctor?

By Amy DePaul

Twenty-one-year-old Albert is a self-described transient who picks up odd jobs whenever possible. On this day in mid-July, he’s waiting to be picked up for day labor in Santa Ana.

Albert has a black spot on his foot that he knows could signal diabetes, an illness that runs in his family and forced his uncle to lose a leg.

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