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Covering the uninsured left behind by ACA

June 26, 2013

Covering the uninsured left behind by ACA

Legislators are proposing an employer-funded trust to insure many of the millions of Californians who will likely fall through the cracks of the Affordable Care Act.

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Study: One in five U.S. children have mental disorder

June 25, 2013

Study: One in five U.S. children have mental disorder

The Center for Disease Control study was the first comprehensive report to assemble data on specific mental health illnesses among children ages 3 to 17 in the United States.

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Counties build bridge to Obamacare

June 24, 2013

Counties build bridge to Obamacare

By Callie Shanafelt

The Supreme Court decision that kept Obamacare intact made one major change to the legislation: the Medicaid expansion became optional. But California, one of the states leading on reforms, started the expansion of the state Medicaid program—known as Medi-Cal— three years ago. The early expansion in California and other states was intended to show the benefits and pitfalls of reforms before they were rolled out nationwide and to provide models for success.

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Grandma Knows Best… For The Planet

June 23, 2013

Every child knows that when trouble strikes, when mom and dad just don’t understand, there’s always one person who will listen until everything is better. Grandma. Recent research, in fact, indicates that grandmothers who suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia may actually gain more empathy for the world around them. But can 13 grandmothers from around the globe help save the planet? Matt Perry’s latest column on aging with dignity.

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Jerry Brown: Disciplinarian

June 23, 2013

By Daniel Weintraub

Jerry Brown was the kid the first time he was governor, nearly 40 years ago. Now he is definitely providing adult supervision in Sacramento.

Since retaking the executive suite, Brown has lectured Californians – and the Legislature – about the need to get real on the state budget.

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Parents reject vaccine that protects against cancer

June 21, 2013

Parents reject vaccine that protects against cancer

By Lily Dayton

Even though the HPV vaccine is one of the only vaccines that prevents cancer, fewer than 50 percent of adolescent girls in California were fully vaccinated against HPV in 2011.

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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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Clinics unite to better serve low-income patients

June 20, 2013

Clinics unite to better serve low-income patients

By Robert Fulton

The nonprofit Southside Coalition pools their resources to develop a small network of primary care integrated with specialty care for their low-income clientele.

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Slum housing still a health problem

June 19, 2013

Slum housing still a health problem

By Chris Richard

Health activists call for a new push focusing on allergens such as black mold and cockroach waste that they hold partially to blame for high asthma rates among children in some of the city’s poorest neighborhoods.

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Long term care: a scary abyss

June 18, 2013

The exploding number of older adults in the United States – over 8,000 people turn 65 each day according to the U.S. Census Bureau – means Baby Boomers are staring into a terrifying abyss as a faltering economy wreaks havoc with retirement funds and the ability to pay for long-term care.

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