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Rural Californians Also Face High Housing Costs

April 16, 2014
Rural Californians Also Face High Housing Costs

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.

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Mental Health Courts Give Mentally Ill Offenders the Option of Treatment

April 15, 2014
Mental Health Courts Give Mentally Ill Offenders the Option of Treatment

By Lynn Graebner

As the number of jail and prison inmates with mental illness increases, addressing the problem is becoming even more critical. In the 1980s, 8 percent of jail and prison inmates in the state had serious mental illness. Now, 20 percent do.

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Strange bedfellows unite to help older adults

April 14, 2014
Strange bedfellows unite to help older adults

In the near future, successful care for older adults will depend on bold and creative collaborations.

That’s the message aging pioneer Ken Dychtwald gave last month’s Aging in America conference. Dychtwald, CEO of the consulting group Age Wave, might as well have been describing the “strange bedfellows” collaboration between two organizations often considered mortal enemies – a county aging services agency and a managed health care plan

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Clinics Wait For More Patients in Obamacare Wake

April 14, 2014
Clinics Wait For More Patients in Obamacare Wake

By Genevieve Bookwalter

St. James Health Center is ready for the onslaught.

The community health clinic, one of the busiest in San Jose, sits on the corner of 2nd and Julian streets near downtown. Doctors, dentists, pharmacists and other health-care providers here treat some of the poorest patients in Santa Clara County — patients whom many expect to have newly-minted health insurance this year as the federal Affordable Care Act kicks in.

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Drought, Shutdown of Rancho Feeding Corp. Could Cripple Regrowth of California’s Independent, Grass-fed Livestock Producers

April 10, 2014
Drought, Shutdown of Rancho Feeding Corp. Could Cripple Regrowth of California’s Independent, Grass-fed Livestock Producers

By Angela Woodall

The Rancho slaughterhouse was a critical piece of the supply chain for sustainable, local meat, leaving consumers with fewer alternatives to factory-farmed meats, despite the growing demand.

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The Waiting Room: L.A. County’s Medi-Cal Backlog

April 9, 2014
The Waiting Room: L.A. County’s Medi-Cal Backlog

By Jessica Portner

As the deluge of applications for Medi-Cal through continues to flood into Covered California, local health advocacy groups and providers throughout Los Angeles County say the sizable enrollment backlog is delaying health care services for needy residents.

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California Farmers Brace for New EPA Pesticide Rules

April 8, 2014
California Farmers Brace for New EPA Pesticide Rules

By Genevieve Bookwalter

For the first time since 1992, United States officials are strengthening rules to protect farmworkers across the nation from pesticide poisoning.

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Aging in the East

April 4, 2014
Aging in the East

By Pamela K. Johnson

When Misao Okawa recently blew out her 116th candle, she also nabbed the bragging rights as the oldest person in the world. She, like the previous world’s oldest person, who died last year at 116, is of Japanese descent.

The island of Okinawa, Japan, is home to world’s largest population of healthy older adults.

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Teachers Make House Calls for Seriously Ill Students

April 3, 2014
Teachers Make House Calls for Seriously Ill Students

By Pamela K. Johnson

At Kendall Hollinger’s school, the classroom and cafeteria are adjacent, and there are no students slamming locker doors and yelling “Wait up!” to a group of friends. That’s because the 17-year-old has been home-hospital schooled since kindergarten, owing to severe and potentially deadly allergies.

The trouble started when she was only two days old, after a toxic reaction to her mother’s milk caused her to stop breathing.

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Future Uncertain for California’s Uninsured Kids

April 2, 2014
Future Uncertain for California’s Uninsured Kids

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.

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