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Medi-Cal Computer Glitches Still Causing Problems

January 29, 2015
Medi-Cal Computer Glitches Still Causing Problems

Some enrollees have gotten 18 notices in a day; others can’t get their duplicate applications deleted.

Although the Medi-Cal enrollment system is operating significantly better than it did a year ago, the county workers expect it may take several years for it to become a truly smooth process.
File photo/Getty Images.

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Why reducing poverty — and stress — might be the key to better health

October 13, 2014

By Daniel Weintraub

Look at the health data for just about any collection of neighborhoods in California and one thing will soon become clear: Poor people are sicker and, on average, die younger than people with higher incomes.

The medical profession, social workers and health researchers have known this for a long time.

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A Golden Idea for Senior Women Living Together

September 28, 2014
A Golden Idea for Senior Women Living Together

By Matt Perry

When Bea Arthur and her merry band of aging pranksters graced the airwaves with their “Golden Girls” sitcom a quarter century ago, they paved the way for shared senior housing that’s both fun and affordable.

And like the world-famous Red Hat Society which celebrates aging gracefully and vibrantly, expect the Golden Girls Network shared housing movement to grow rapidly in California.

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Despite progress, 250,000 Medi-Cal applicants still wait for coverage

September 23, 2014
Despite progress, 250,000 Medi-Cal applicants still wait for coverage

Andrew Skaf, 22, of Fresno said he had trouble getting treatment for cancer and endured months of anxiety while waiting for his Medi-Cal application to be processed. Photo courtesy of Andrew Skaf.

By Claudia Boyd-Barrett

Carlos Gutierrez of Berkeley thought his health care troubles were over when he received a letter from his county’s social service agency in May telling him he qualified for Medi-Cal.

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Surfing the Wave of Aging Latinos

September 15, 2014
Surfing the Wave of Aging Latinos

By Matt Perry

March marked a turning point in California’s ethnic breakdown: Latinos officially outnumbered the state’s white population.

Meanwhile, the aging Latino population is one of the fastest-growing demographics nationally, thanks to “a very high life expectancy among Hispanics,” according to noted aging researcher S. Jay Olshansky of the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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The Future of Aging: Travel, Treatment, Retirement

September 2, 2014
The Future of Aging: Travel, Treatment, Retirement By Matt Perry These days, everything seems to be outsourced abroad. Jobs. Customer service. Even executive assistants. And today, so is aging – which is fast becoming very big business.

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Percentage of Newborns Breastfed in Hospital on the Rise

August 28, 2014
Percentage of Newborns Breastfed in Hospital on the Rise By Lorena Anderson More infants are exclusively consuming breast milk immediately after being born in California hospitals than before, according to a new report from the California Women, Infants, Children Association and the UC Davis Human Lactation Center.

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Proposition 45 would allow state to regulate insurance rates

August 27, 2014
Proposition 45 would allow state to regulate insurance rates

By Alisha Wyman

A proposed ballot measure facing voters this fall would give the state the authority to deny health insurance rate increases, a change some consumer groups say is long overdue but that opponents warn could impede Californians’ access to insurance coverage.

Proposition 45, slated for the Nov. 4 ballot, appears simple.

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Straightening Out the Knot: The Cancer Resource Center of the Desert

August 22, 2014
Straightening Out the Knot: The Cancer Resource Center of the Desert

Caption: Adrian and Ana Tapia of Brawley with their son Joaquin. Adrian was diagnosed with a brain tumor in December of 2012 while Ana was seven months pregnant. The couple went to the Cancer Resource Center of the Desert in El Centro for help in navigating all the challenges associated with his diagnosis.

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Santa Barbara Joins Forces to Train Dementia Caregivers

August 18, 2014
Santa Barbara Joins Forces to Train Dementia Caregivers By Matt Perry With rates of dementia expected to reach epidemic proportions as an aging American populous lives longer, a Southern California city has formed an impressive coalition of business leaders, educators, foundations and long-term care settings to help train the next generation of caregivers.

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