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Healing Minds in Cambodia Town

April 2, 2014
Healing Minds in Cambodia Town

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.

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Charitable Program Helps to Fill the Dental Care Gap

April 1, 2014
Charitable Program Helps to Fill the Dental Care Gap

By Lily Dayton

When the first storm of the season hit California’s Central Coast, the rain was no deterrent to the more than 300 people who showed up at Blanco Circle Dental Care in Salinas, seeking free treatment. They starting arriving the night before—some sleeping in cars, some sleeping in tents—waiting out the frigid February downpour in hopes of getting their teeth fixed.

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Activism: A Complete Workout for the Aging Body and Brain

March 31, 2014
Activism:  A Complete Workout for the Aging Body and Brain

By Matt Perry

Activism among the aging can help the brain and the body stay young.

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Medi-Cal Doctors Have Yet to See Pay Boost Required by Obamacare

March 31, 2014
Medi-Cal Doctors Have Yet to See Pay Boost Required by Obamacare

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.

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Woman’s Hospital Part of a Trend Toward Improving Women’s Medical Care

March 28, 2014
Woman’s Hospital Part of a Trend Toward Improving Women’s Medical Care

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.

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Insurers continue to charge patients after out-of-pocket maximums reached, advocates say

March 27, 2014
Insurers continue to charge patients after out-of-pocket maximums reached, advocates say

By Claudia Boyd-Barrett

With three part-time jobs, a 14-month-old son with Down syndrome and two other children with autism, Lisa Carey has plenty to keep her busy.

So when the Los Angeles mother began receiving bills last year from her health insurance company asking her to pay more than she believed the policy called for, it was a hassle she could do without.

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Virtual Dentistry Could Bring Better Care to Underserved

March 27, 2014
Virtual Dentistry Could Bring Better Care to Underserved

By Callie Shanafelt

Doctor Paul Glassman has spent his 40-year dentistry career looking for ways to make going to the dentist more affordable and accessible.  As technology has evolved, so have his strategies. Glassman and his team at the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry think they’ve found a way to serve millions more clients through virtual dentistry. The only problem is that current laws don’t allow it.

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Medicare Extends Mental Health Benefits; Patients Find Doctor Shortage

March 26, 2014
Medicare Extends Mental Health Benefits; Patients Find Doctor Shortage

By Alisha Wyman

Medicare coverage for outpatient mental health care is now in line with medical coverage, thanks to a law that closed the gap as of Jan. 1.

Experts say it’s a step in dispelling long-standing disparities between the two, but the change addresses only one of many hurdles in providing seniors with adequate mental health care.

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Giant Billboards Put Sex Trafficking in Front of Oakland Commuters

March 21, 2014
Giant Billboards Put Sex Trafficking in Front of Oakland Commuters

By Genevieve Bookwalter

The billboards are impossible to miss along the freeways running through Oakland. “Being a prostituted teen isn’t a choice. It’s slavery,” reads one. They are the most visible part of the new Protect Oakland Kids campaign.

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Californians Turn to Crowdfunding To Pay Out-of-Pocket Medical Expenses

March 18, 2014
Californians Turn to Crowdfunding To Pay Out-of-Pocket Medical Expenses

By Linda Childers

When Sara Wysuph of Santa Cruz learned that her brother-in-law Jason Jones had been diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, she was determined to help him and his family get the financial and emotional support they needed.

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