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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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A Class Robot Helps Kids with Autism

April 25, 2014

A Class Robot Helps Kids with Autism

By Pamela K. Johnson

An 8-year-old boy with autism ran up to a booth where a small robot named Nao sat on a display table at a technology conference a few years ago. Nao was “looking” around. When the child touched the robot’s shiny white and blue body, its sensors engaged, and it turned its head and began to ask the boy questions in a pleasant, computerized voice.

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A Mobile Medical Home: Vans Bring the Clinic to Patients

April 24, 2014

A Mobile Medical Home: Vans Bring the Clinic to Patients

By Amy DePaul

A guitarist plucked a folksy melody as families strolled around Irvine’s Great Park on a recent Sunday. That’s when Araceli Lopez from Lake Forest spotted the Smile Mobile, a fully equipped RV that brings dental services to locations around Orange County. She quickly volunteered her three daughters for an impromptu checkup.

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Activists, Refinery Neighbors Start to Monitor Air Quality

April 24, 2014

Activists, Refinery Neighbors Start to Monitor Air Quality

By Chris Richard

Residents in the most polluted neighborhood of Los Angeles band together to keep tabs on air quality.

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Some Still Struggling to Afford Affordable Care

April 23, 2014

Some Still Struggling to Afford Affordable Care

By Pamela K. Johnson

Chanee Houston has decided to take her chances. As the open enrollment period for health insurance under Covered California closed this month, the 26-year-old remained uninsured.

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