July 2, 2013
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By Alexia Underwood
California Health Report
As Californians gear up for the final phase of health-care reform in January, seniors around the state are still wondering what to expect.
At a recent Senior Awareness Day event in Modesto, several people wandered between booths in the basement of the city library, gathering information about fitness programs, hospice care and legal advocacy.
June 25, 2013
The Center for Disease Control study was the first comprehensive report to assemble data on specific mental health illnesses among children ages 3 to 17 in the United States.
June 24, 2013
By Callie Shanafelt
The Supreme Court decision that kept Obamacare intact made one major change to the legislation: the Medicaid expansion became optional. But California, one of the states leading on reforms, started the expansion of the state Medicaid program—known as Medi-Cal— three years ago. The early expansion in California and other states was intended to show the benefits and pitfalls of reforms before they were rolled out nationwide and to provide models for success.
June 23, 2013
Every child knows that when trouble strikes, when mom and dad just don’t understand, there’s always one person who will listen until everything is better. Grandma. Recent research, in fact, indicates that grandmothers who suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease
and other forms of dementia may actually gain more empathy for the world around them. But can 13 grandmothers from around the globe help save the planet? Matt Perry's latest column on aging with dignity.
June 23, 2013
By Daniel Weintraub
Jerry Brown was the kid the first time he was governor, nearly 40 years ago. Now he is definitely providing adult supervision in Sacramento.
Since retaking the executive suite, Brown has lectured Californians – and the Legislature – about the need to get real on the state budget.
June 21, 2013
By Lily Dayton
Even though the HPV vaccine is one of the only vaccines that prevents cancer, fewer than 50 percent of adolescent girls in California were fully vaccinated against HPV in 2011.
June 18, 2013
The exploding number of older adults in the United States – over 8,000 people turn 65 each day according to the U.S. Census Bureau – means Baby Boomers are staring into a terrifying abyss as a faltering economy wreaks havoc with retirement funds and the ability to pay for long-term care.
June 18, 2013
By Genevieve Bookwalter
Last fall, California listed acupuncture as an essential benefit that insurers must include in new plans when the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, known informally as Obamacare, takes effect Jan. 1. Like clinics and doctors offices, acupuncturists are preparing for a surge of patients taking advantage of their new benefits.
June 16, 2013
California’s most valuable company – Apple Inc. – has been taking flak lately from the halls of Congress to the capitals of Europe over reports that the consumer electronics giant manages its business to minimize the corporate income taxes it pays to the U.S. and foreign governments. But you’re not likely to hear too many complaints from California politicians about the company’s contribution to the state and local tax base – or the economy. The taxes Apple pays represent a huge chunk of the state budget, and new numbers show just how big a role it plays in the economic life of the Silicon Valley and especially the company’s home town of Cupertino. Daniel Weintraub's weekly essay.
June 13, 2013
Denial runs deep among Californians when they think about growing old: nearly four in ten told pollsters in a recent survey that aging is something they "would rather not think about." But for many, that better change, because most people are going to need some form of long-term care as they age, and few are prepared for it.