Dan Weintraub

Daniel Weintraub, editor of HealthyCal.org, is a veteran California journalist who has covered policy and politics for the Los Angeles Times, the Orange County Register, the Sacramento Bee and the New York Times. He is a native Californian who has lived in the south and the north and now resides in Sacramento.

Web Site: http://www.healthycal.org

Surfing the Wave of Aging Latinos

Sep 15, 2014

By Matt Perry

March marked a turning point in California’s ethnic breakdown: Latinos officially outnumbered the state’s white population.

Meanwhile, the aging Latino population is one of the fastest-growing demographics nationally, thanks to “a very high life expectancy among Hispanics,” according to noted aging researcher S. Jay Olshansky of the University of Illinois...

Connecting the young and old in geriatric psychiatry

Sep 10, 2014

By Pamela K. Johnson
Bella Schwartzbord, who turned 100 in August, recently added jewelry making to her busy schedule of playing Bingo, practicing yoga and taking walks. While she’s aging successfully, her daughter, Sarah Gelberd, M.D., knows that many older adults across California aren’t faring as well.

Gelberd sees the problem up close as medical director...

The Future of Aging: Travel, Treatment, Retirement

Sep 2, 2014

By Matt Perry

These days, everything seems to be outsourced abroad. Jobs. Customer service. Even executive assistants.

And today, so is aging – which is fast becoming very big business.

With stressed savings accounts, Americans who are both healthy or needing assistance are looking to stretch their retirement dollars as far...

Percentage of Newborns Breastfed in Hospital on the Rise

Aug 27, 2014

By Lorena Anderson

More infants are exclusively consuming breast milk immediately after being born in California hospitals than before, according to a new report from the California Women, Infants, Children Association and the UC Davis Human Lactation Center.

Exclusive breastfeeding numbers rose 8 percent since 2010, a significant step in the right direction, said Karen Farley,...

Proposition 45 would allow state to regulate insurance rates

Aug 27, 2014

By Alisha Wyman

A proposed ballot measure facing voters this fall would give the state the authority to deny health insurance rate increases, a change some consumer groups say is long overdue but that opponents warn could impede Californians’ access to insurance coverage.

Proposition 45, slated for the Nov. 4 ballot, appears simple.

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LA County struggles with mentally ill inmates

Aug 24, 2014

By Chris Richard

The inmate had stripped off his suicide-prevention gown.

Such garments are of heavy fabric, like moving blankets, so that inmates in the Los Angeles County Jail’s “high observation” wing can’t tear them up to make ropes and hang themselves.

This man had rolled his gown into a club.

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Poll: More Californians back ACA

Aug 20, 2014

After years of steady but stable support for the federal health reform known as the Affordable Care Act, California voters strengthened their embrace of the new law after it was implemented this year, according to a poll released this week by the Field...

Santa Barbara Joins Forces to Train Dementia Caregivers

Aug 18, 2014

By Matt Perry

Call it “disaster planning.”

With rates of dementia expected to reach epidemic proportions as an aging American populous lives longer, a Southern California city has formed an impressive coalition of business leaders, educators, foundations and long-term care settings to help train the next generation of caregivers.

Santa Barbara City College is launching...

Peer respites for mental health consumers prevent hospitalizations

Aug 12, 2014

By Lynn Graebner

As people with mental health crises overwhelm California’s hospitals, jails and homeless shelters, counties across the state are gradually embracing residential respite houses located in neighborhoods and staffed by peers — people who have been consumers of the mental health system.

For people on the verge of a crisis, staying at a peer-run...

Covered Ca sees 4.2% average rate hike in 2015

Aug 4, 2014

By Daniel Weintraub

In the first full year under the federal Affordable Care Act, California led the nation – embracing the new law eagerly, implementing it quickly, and providing relatively robust choice with low premiums through a web site that, most of the time, actually worked.

There was nothing in Thursday’s announcement about the early...

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