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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.
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.