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Parolees, Corrections to Benefit from ACA

December 24, 2013

Parolees, Corrections to Benefit from ACA

By Alisha Wyman

Recent parolees, a population in dire in need of improved medical care, could be among those poised to benefit most from the Affordable Care Act come Jan. 1.

The full implications of how the law will affect this population are still hazy, as officials across all fields of corrections prepare for the changes.

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Historic prison reform raises fundamental questions

December 23, 2013

California is two years into an historic reform of its criminal justice policy, shifting low-level offenders from state prison to county custody. The change has resulted in 18,000 inmates going free who, in past years, would have been behind bars. Now a new study suggests that this change has led to a significant increase in auto theft. How should the state respond?

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This Green House Grows Humans

December 23, 2013

This Green House Grows Humans

By Matt Perry

California’s innovative concept in skilled nursing care, The Green House Project, is intended to foster an environment for older adults to thrive. As described by Green House founder Dr. Bill Thomas, the difference in these new facilities is simple: “Love matters.”

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Report: Many Uninsured African-Americans May be Eligible for Health Insurance Financial Assistance

December 23, 2013

By Fran Kritz 

A new report finds that  six out of ten (4.2 million) uninsured African Americans who may be eligible for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace might qualify for Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), or tax credits to help with the cost of premiums.  According to the report, if all states took advantage of new opportunities to expand Medicaid many more African-Americans would be covered.

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Moving and Grooving

December 23, 2013

Moving and Grooving

Pamela K. Johnson

How a public health advocate lured the sedentary into exercise.

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Taxing Sugary Beverages Could Result in Health Benefits for Hispanic and African-American Californians 

December 20, 2013

By Fran Kritz

A new study by researchers at UC San Francisco and the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University suggests that taxing sugar-sweetened beverages could decrease consumption and result in lower rates of diabetes and heart disease, particularly among low-income Hispanic and African-American Californians.

The results are especially significant right now; San Franciscans may get the chance to vote on at least one proposal next year to assess a tax of two cents per ounce on sugar sweetened beverages.

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Town Hall Audience Learns About ACA Options

December 20, 2013

Town Hall Audience Learns About ACA Options

By Robert Fulton

Ben Hall, a self-employed musician and music teacher living in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, pays for his own health insurance — $185 a month to Anthem. He’s also one of the millions of Americans who recently received a letter in the mail from his insurance provider canceling his plan at the end of the year because it doesn’t meet the minimum requirements for coverage set forth by the Affordable Care Act.

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Imported Cases of Measles, Other Infectious Diseases, Remain a Threat for the United States

December 20, 2013

By Fran Kritz

A new report by researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that while measles has been eliminated in the United States, people continue to bring the disease to the U.S. from foreign countries.

While there are usually 60 cases of measles in the U.S. each year there have been at least 175 cases during 2013 — the second largest number of measles cases in the U.S.

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Six Million Legal Immigrants May Get Health Coverage under the Affordable Care Act

December 19, 2013

 By Fran Kritz

The Affordable Care Act is likely to provide health coverage for about six million legal immigrants who have not been able to get coverage previously, according to an issue brief by researchers at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, in Washington, D.C.

“Most people do not realize that legal immigrants currently face many obstacles to obtaining health insurance,” said Leighton Ku, PhD, MPH the author of the new report and director of the Center for Health Policy Research at GW.

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Longer Maternity Leaves Could Reduce Cases of Postpartum Depression

December 19, 2013

By Fran Kritz 

A new study by researchers at the University of Maryland School of Public Health finds that the more maternity leave time a woman takes after giving birth the less likely she will be to suffer from postpartum depression.

“In the U.S., most working women are back to work soon after giving birth, with the majority not taking more than three months of leave,” says Rada K.

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