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.
The Irvine resident had considered purchasing a plan through the state’s marketplace, “but even with the financial aid they give you, it’s still kind of expensive,” she said.
By Mary Flynn
California residents pay dearly to live in the Golden state. Nearly half of California residents experienced a “high housing cost burden” in 2012, which means that the cost of their housing — including mortgage, home insurance, utilities and property taxes for homeowners and rent and utilities for renters — consumed more than 30 percent of their income.
By Genevieve Bookwalter
For the first time since 1992, United States officials are strengthening rules to protect farmworkers across the nation from pesticide poisoning.
Thousands still won’t have coverage after Affordable Care Act
By Natalie Jones
The Camacho family has six children, none of whom have health insurance.
The Sacramento residents emigrated from Mexico about 13 years ago, staying without legal papers. They are among the estimated 2.6 million undocumented California residents who will largely be left out of health-care reform.
By Jessica Portner
Sara Pol-Lim, the Executive Director of the United Cambodian Community in Long Beach, is open about the horrors of her childhood. She was 9 years old the day that Phnom Penh fell to the Khmer Rouge, the brutal regime that murdered millions of Cambodians.
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.
By Fran Kritz
UCSF Medical Center is set to open a new woman’s hospital next year, one that is is part of a growing trend toward research and health care geared specifically to women’s needs.
By Lynn Graebner
Brad Schwartz had been homeless, living mostly outside, for the last 30 years. Today the 57-year-old is cleaning and repairing a cottage he now calls home, thanks to a homeless housing initiative in Santa Cruz called 180/180.
By Suzanne Potter
Former President Bill Clinton and his daughter Chelsea recently headlined the second annual Clinton Health Matters Conference in La Quinta, Calif. They announced $100 million in corporate pledges to improve health across the U.S., and $11 million of that money will go to the Coachella Valley. At the conference, speakers addressed a wide range of issues.
By Fran Kritz
This spring, the San Francisco Health Department is planning to conduct its third “Speak Out” HIV awareness campaign in the last 12 months, urging young men who have sex with other men to get tested for HIV in an effort to increase the number of people—men in particular—who are tested for the virus and referred for treatment if they prove to be HIV positive.