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Seizing the chance to redefine aging

January 21, 2013
This week Matt Perry, who has been covering aging issues for Healthy Cal for more than a year, begins a twice-monthly column on aging with dignity. Matt's columns will explore the public policy and private innovations that make an independent life more accessible to older adults -- and issues that stand in the way of seniors living the way they'd like. His first piece takes a personal look at his mother's recent battle with Alzheimers, and what it taught him about the potential -- and lost opportunities -- of our aging generation. See his first column here.

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Using the Affordable Care Act to close the health gap

January 18, 2013
Using the Affordable Care Act to close the health gap By Leah Bartos Amid the turmoil of the nationwide financial woes, health-care advocates in California are urging their lawmakers not to lose sight of what they see as a rare opportunity to help close the gap on the state’s health disparities.

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Feds grant California $673 million for health marketplace

January 17, 2013
The US Department of Health and Human Services has awarded California a $673 million grant to build and run the online health insurance marketplace to be known as Covered California. The money -- nearly half the $1.5 billion awarded by the department nationwide Thursday -- will go toward refining, testing and bringing the system online, establishing a paralell system for small employers and their workers, marketing and public education to inform the public about the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, enrolling customers into the system and evaluating the the effectiveness of the program. The latest grant brings to nearly $1 billion the total amount from the federal government to California just to build and run the online marketplace -- not counting hundreds of millions of dollars that the state has received to expand coverage to low-income residents as a bridge to the full implementation of the federal reforms next year.

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Kids’ dental care at risk

January 17, 2013
California's Medi-Cal program will soon be responsible for the dental care of half the state's children. But advocates say the program is not prepared for the big increase in demand that will come with the closure of the Healthy Families insurance program and the implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act. This report from the Children's Partnership explains the problem and offers some recommendations for ensuring that kids get the care they need.

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Electronic health records improve care, but don’t save money

January 16, 2013
By Callie Shanafelt Four years later, providers say electronic health records aren’t the time and money saver they hoped for -- but, they added, electronic records do improve the quality of care.

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Losing Babies

January 14, 2013
Losing Babies By Heather Tirado Gilligan African-American babies are more than twice as likely to die before their first birthday as white babies. Are current prevention efforts enough to close the health gap?

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Fullerton Center a How-To Guide for Successful Aging

January 9, 2013
Fullerton Center a How-To Guide for Successful Aging A haven for aging enthusiasts, the Center for Successful Aging at California State University, Fullerton has adopted a holistic approach to growing old that embraces the full spectrum of human experience: mind, body and spirit.

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Taxing questions on the ballot

October 29, 2012
As Californians head to the polls, taxes will be the biggest issue on the state ballot—again. Here's a brief primer on state taxes and spending and what's at stake Nov. 6. Daniel Weintraub's weekly essay.

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Prison reform one year later

October 22, 2012
By Heather Tirado Gilligan Critics of prison realignment say that the law has caused a spike in crime. But experts caution that it is far too early to understand the effects of the law.

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California voters declaring their independence

October 21, 2012
It’s conventional wisdom in political circles that California, like the rest of the country, has become more polarized in recent years. Just watch any election campaign or session of the Legislature and it seems clear that we are a hopelessly divided people. But is that really true? It might not be. There is good reason to believe that our politics and government are far more sharply divided than our people, that our representatives are not a very good representation of ourselves. And, at least in California, there is a counter-intuitive reason for that trend. Daniel Weintraub's weekly essay.

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