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Medi-Cal Doctors Have Yet to See Pay Boost Required by Obamacare

March 31, 2014

Medi-Cal Doctors Have Yet to See Pay Boost Required by Obamacare

State, managed-care plans slow to distribute funds, hurting low-income residents 

By Hannah Guzik

Everyday George Ma waits for the money the state owes him.

The internist, who sees some of Los Angeles’ most destitute residents and receives meager reimbursement, was supposed to get a pay boost beginning in January 2013 as part of the Affordable Care Act.

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Insurers continue to charge patients after out-of-pocket maximums reached, advocates say

March 27, 2014

Insurers continue to charge patients after out-of-pocket maximums reached, advocates say

By Claudia Boyd-Barrett

With three part-time jobs, a 14-month-old son with Down syndrome and two other children with autism, Lisa Carey has plenty to keep her busy.

So when the Los Angeles mother began receiving bills last year from her health insurance company asking her to pay more than she believed the policy called for, it was a hassle she could do without.

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Newly eligible stuck in Medi-Cal backlog in Sonoma County

March 10, 2014

Newly eligible stuck in Medi-Cal backlog in Sonoma County

By Leilani Clark

About 9,000 Medi-Cal applications from newly eligible Sonoma County residents have not been processed yet, due to the deluge of applications under Obamacare, said Joy Thomas, communications and outreach manager for the Sonoma County Human Services Department.

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Medi-Cal patients face hurdles to specialists in northern California

March 9, 2014

Medi-Cal patients face hurdles to specialists in northern California

By Robert Speer

Unlike many specialists in Northern California, neurosurgeon Jeff Lobosky accepts Medi-Cal, California’s insurance program for the poor.

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Helping Young People Beat Mental Illness

August 27, 2013

Helping Young People Beat Mental Illness

By Suzanne Potter

Twenty-year-old David Navarrete tried to slit his wrists four years ago, in the grip of severe depression, a condition he inherited from his mother. Luckily he survived and got therapy – first from the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center in Rancho Mirage, and then from the Harmony Center – a mentoring program at the Oasis Community Services in Indio.

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The Color of Care

July 29, 2013

The Color of Care

By Matt Perry

The country’s melting pot is becoming a complex racial stew at both ends of the nation’s caregiving spectrum: for those needing care and the hired workers providing it.

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Nine bills aim to provide clean drinking across the state

July 27, 2013

Nine bills aim to provide clean drinking across the state

By Lynn Graebner

Despite the fact that there is some money available for interim fixes and emergency drinking water, many residents of disadvantaged communities throughout California have gone for years, sometimes decades, paying for both contaminated tap water and bottled water for drinking and cooking.

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Curfew sweeps alarm community

July 26, 2013

Curfew sweeps alarm community

Community activists in San Diego are alarmed by curfew sweeps that they say unfairly target minority youth. Police say they are even-handed and the sweeps expose kids and their families to social services that can help them avoid delinquency.

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Thriving Community Farms Bear Benefits for California

July 24, 2013

Thriving Community Farms Bear Benefits for California

Small organic farms cropping up all over California are helping residents get back to their roots — and also their leafy greens and vitamins. The first two community-supported agriculture ventures began on the East Coast in 1986, and since then, the number of community-supported farms across the country has grown exponentially as word of mouth travels.

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Should I Stay or Should I Go Now?

July 21, 2013

By Matt Perry

Laguna Honda serves as the city’s primary “hospital-based nursing facility” for San Francisco’s old, poor and sick, offering an astounding array of rehabilitation services amidst a welcoming atmosphere that’s a far cry from typically sterile healthcare interiors.

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