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Hungry for Solutions: Aging and Food Insecurity

April 13, 2015
Hungry for Solutions: Aging and Food Insecurity

By Matt Perry

I’m starved. Ravenous.   I’m so hungry I can’t think straight. I certainly can’t work. What I want more than anything is to eat an entire stack of beef ribs.

Kevin Kemp knows exactly how I feel. At 54 — about my age — he’s been homeless and hungry in Long Beach for nearly a decade.

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Even With Subsidies, Some San Francisco Residents Can’t Afford Covered California Premiums

December 2, 2014
There are thousands of people in San Francisco whose income is too high for them to qualify for Medi-Cal, the state’s low-income health plan, but too low for them to afford Covered California premiums.

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Mixed-Status Families Fear Sign-Up Process for Health Coverage

November 3, 2014
Mixed-Status Families Fear Sign-Up Process for Health Coverage Families in which some members lack legal residency have been hesitant to enroll eligible members in the health insurance options available under the Affordable Care Act, according to enrollment specialists and civil rights organizations.  

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Naturopathic Doctors Fighting for Inclusion Under Health Reform Insurance Policies

November 3, 2014
Naturopathic Doctors Fighting for Inclusion Under Health Reform Insurance Policies As more people gained access to insurance and primary care under the Affordable Care Act this year, naturopathic doctors hoped that their role in medicine might become more mainstream as well.

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California Health Report TV – Episode 3

October 13, 2014

For this episode we gathered inspirational personal stories with broader community implications from around the state.

First we go to Concord, where Alex Chavez had gained so much weight that he felt helpless to do anything to improve his health. Then he learned about Cooking Matters– a cooking class that makes a healthy lifestyle affordable.

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Expanded Covered California Dental Coverage Could Pose Access Problems

October 2, 2014
Expanded Covered California Dental Coverage Could Pose Access Problems

While children’s advocates applaud expanding Covered California’s dental coverage, they caution that there already aren’t enough pediatric dentists in the state. Stock photo/Getty Images

By Fran Kritz

Beginning Jan. 1, all individual Covered California health plans will include dental coverage for children in the family 18 and younger, a move that state officials hope will result in tens of thousands of kids getting oral health care.

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In Counties Where Teen Pregnancy is High, a Sex Ed Program Offers Promise

September 28, 2014
In Counties Where Teen Pregnancy is High, a Sex Ed Program Offers Promise

Sex educator Stephanie Bentz talks to boys in the San Joaquin County Juvenile Detention Center. Photo: Lisa Renner.

By Lisa Renner

The teen boys in the San Joaquin County Juvenile Detention Center had a lot of questions for the two sex education instructors who paid them a visit.

Among them: Where are free local clinics that provide testing for sexually transmitted diseases?

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Homeless veterans clinic reduces ER visits by treating the whole person

August 25, 2014

By Robin Urevich and Pedro Avila

Dr. Rishi Manchanda believes the key to better health for homeless veterans is improving their lives. He’s developed a clinic at the VA hospital in Los Angeles where vets can find housing, mental health care and help with benefits and legal issues.

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Despite Errors, State Continues Enrolling Adults With Disabilities and the Elderly in New Health Program

August 22, 2014
Despite Errors, State Continues Enrolling Adults With Disabilities and the Elderly in New Health Program

Blane Beckwith, shown at his Berkeley home, is one of several independent living advocates suing the California Department of Health Care Services over the state’s Cal MediConnect program that merges Medi-Cal and Medicare services. Beckwith wants the state to make the choice to opt out of the program clear and rejects having a managed care plan handle his Medicare services.

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Hurdles Remain to Signing Up More Latinos for Health Coverage

August 20, 2014
Hurdles Remain to Signing Up More Latinos for Health Coverage

Susana Padilla, an insurance enrollment counselor with Alameda County Health Care Services gave two people information at the San Mateo County Fair in June. Latino advocates worry that the state’s outreach efforts may still be falling short. Photo: Covered California.

By Fran Kritz

As a college-prep consultant, Marina Grijalva heard about the Affordable Care Act and how it would enable her to sign up for health insurance.

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