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Making connections to boost family medicine

April 4, 2014

By Ronald Fong. M.D.

While medical schools graduate a lot of students who have been trained in family medicine, most new doctors eventually choose to practice as specialists in fields like radiology, anesthesiology, and dermatology. That gap has helped create a shortage of primary care physicians, in California and nationally. One Sacramento program is using community connections to build more interest in family medicine.

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Health Cost Growth Is Down, Or Not. It Depends Who You Ask

March 5, 2014

By Drew Altman

Studies show that health care costs have been rising more slowly than at any time in the last fifty years, but the American people think they are rising faster than ever. Who’s right, the experts or the public? They both are, they just look at the problem from different perspectives.

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New Study Reveals the Hidden Health Cost of Cutting Food Stamps

January 7, 2014

By Rob Waters

Millions of Americans run out of money for food before the end of each month. A new study shows many may face serious health risks.

About one in seven American households can’t consistently afford to buy food and most people who receive SNAP benefits—better known as food stamps—run out before the end of the third week.

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Obamacare and Me, California-style

December 16, 2013

By Herbert A. Sample

As a 50-something, self-employed California resident repeatedly denied health insurance through the private market, I was looking forward to getting covered by the Affordable Care Act. Well, it looks like I have accomplished that, and I will have better, more secure coverage at a lower price than I ever could have found otherwise. But getting there wasn’t easy.

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Public Health Protections Are Not Sign of a Nanny State

October 31, 2013

By Carolyn Newbergh

Cries that we live in a nanny state that protects people who need no protection ignore an extraordinary fact: public health measures have had a long, proud history in this country and are all around us, reducing harm and disease and enabling people to live longer, fuller, and more productive lives, speakers told a recent state Senate subcommittee hearing.

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22,000 California women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year

October 23, 2013

By Margo Connolly

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a critical opportunity to promote breast cancer awareness, share information on the disease, and help ensure greater access to services for those women battling breast cancer.

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Vaccinations Key to Healthy, Resilient California Communities

August 4, 2013

Dr. Nilesh Hingarh

Many vaccine-preventable illnesses previously thought to be eradicated have reemerged, and declining vaccination rates among some California communities and persistent misinformation about vaccines are in part to blame.

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Legislature could help millions with debilitating health conditions

June 20, 2013

Thanks to scientific breakthroughs, Californians diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis don’t face a future in a wheelchair. But the benefits of these advances will only be fully realized once the legislature takes common-sense action to ensure that all patients have access to the treatments their doctors think best.

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California is richest, poorest state

May 27, 2013

It’s fair to say that California is the richest state in the nation. We have more millionaires than any other state, and mansions dot our coastal bluffs and inland canyons. But California is also, arguably, the poorest state in the nation. We have more people in poverty — 6.1 million — and more children in poverty than any other state. Even more ominously, a new measure of poverty shows that California has the highest percentage of its population living below the poverty line. Daniel Weintraub’s weekly essay.

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Fair Pay in Best Interests of Home Care Consumers

May 7, 2013

California home care workers and consumers won a major victory when an agreement was reached to limit proposed cuts to service hours in the In-Home Supportive Services program for fiscal year 2014. Yet home care workers in California – and across the nation – still await another critical decision that will affect their paychecks and their dignity: whether a federal labor law will continue to exclude home care workers from minimum wage and overtime protections.

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