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Brown proposes deep cuts in health, social service programs

January 10, 2011
Gov. Jerry Brown's budget proposal calls for deep cuts in health and social service programs that form California's safety net. Brown wants to cut $1.7 billion from Medi-Cal, 1.5 billion from CalWorks, and $750 million from the Department of Developmental Services. Brown would limit access to Medi-Cal services, including prescription drugs and place stricter time limits on welfare. He also proposes to limit reimbursements for home care for people who need help with daily living so they can remain in their homes and not in an institution.

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Older Americans less healthy than British but live longer, study finds

November 4, 2010
Older Americans live as long or longer than their English counterparts even though Americans suffer from much higher rates of chronic disease, according to a new study by researchers from the RAND Corporation and the Institute for Fiscal Studies in London. The study suggests that medical care in the United States, at least for older Americans, is better than it is in England, but Americans' lifestyles, behavior and perhaps their living conditions contribute to a greater rate of illness. Things like occupation, marital status, education, obesity and smoking influence health and the onset of disease more than medical care, the authors said.

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Medi-Cal agreement to bring $10 billion from feds to expand, improve care

November 2, 2010
The Obama Administration has approved an agreement with California that will bring $10 billion to the state over the next five years to improve care for low-income people and the disabled and broaden access to care for people who have not been eligible for the state's Medi-Cal program. The initiative is designed to transition California toward the 2014 full implementation of the federal health reform law, when all adults with incomes of 133 percent of the federal poverty level or less will be eligible for Medi-Cal.

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