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Percentage of Newborns Breastfed in Hospital on the Rise

August 28, 2014

Percentage of Newborns Breastfed in Hospital on the Rise

By Lorena Anderson

More infants are exclusively consuming breast milk immediately after being born in California hospitals than before, according to a new report from the California Women, Infants, Children Association and the UC Davis Human Lactation Center.

Exclusive breastfeeding numbers rose 8 percent since 2010, a significant step in the right direction, said Karen Farley, California’s program director for the federally funded WIC nutrition program.

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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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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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Santa Barbara Joins Forces to Train Dementia Caregivers

August 18, 2014

Santa Barbara Joins Forces to Train Dementia Caregivers

By Matt Perry

With rates of dementia expected to reach epidemic proportions as an aging American populous lives longer, a Southern California city has formed an impressive coalition of business leaders, educators, foundations and long-term care settings to help train the next generation of caregivers.

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When the Spirit Moves You… in Later Life

June 22, 2014

When the Spirit Moves You… in Later Life

By Matt Perry

Sex scandals in the Catholic Church. Nativity scenes nixed during Christmas holidays. God kicked out of schools.

In American culture, God is taking one hell of a beating.

At the same time, the nation’s hunger for divine connection – especially among older adults – has never been higher.

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California Improves its Long-Term Supports – Improvements Still Needed

June 18, 2014

By Matt Perry

California’s support systems for older adults, the disabled, and their family caregivers have improved in recent years and now rank among the top ten states in the nation, according to a scorecard released Thursday.

Yet while the state came in ninth overall – with substantial improvements in many areas – its high ranking is due largely to one area in which it excels: a vast choice in long-term care settings and providers.

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Community Clinics Under Pressure to Keep Patients

May 20, 2014

Community Clinics Under Pressure to Keep Patients

By Callie Shanafelt

LifeLong Medical Care, like many community clinics, has been through the spin cycle of the sign-up for the Affordable Care Act. And now, also like clinics across the state, they have to compete for those newly insured and paying patients they helped to enroll.

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Taking the Pulse of Black Women in L.A.

May 15, 2014

Taking the Pulse of Black Women in L.A.

By Pamela K. Johnson

Black Women for Wellness of Los Angeles began with baby steps: In 1997, Janette Robinson Flint and five of her friends agreed to look after 22 pregnant women as a hedge against African-American infant mortality.

“We didn’t realize the extent of resources, time and energy that go into mentoring women,” said Robinson Flint.

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ACA Offers Critical Support for Foster Kids

April 28, 2014

ACA Offers Critical Support for Foster Kids

By Chris Richard

Before the ACA became law, California extended Medi-Cal coverage for former foster children until their 21st birthdays. In Los Angeles County, that deadline meant some 1,500 former foster youth lost their health coverage each year. Statewide estimates set the number at up to 5,000 youths a year. Now, the ACA guarantees access to health care services for former foster youth until age 26, just like other young people who can stay on their parents’ private insurance plans until that age.

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Barriers to Mental Health Treatment Remain Under Obamacare

April 27, 2014

Barriers to Mental Health Treatment Remain Under Obamacare

By Genevieve Bookwalter

When a patient at St. James Health Center needs mental health care, the first thing Susana Farina does is check insurance.

The type of insurance patients have — if they have any at all — determines what kind of doctor they can see and even the date of their appointments.

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