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

States struggle with Medicaid dental care expansion

Feb 20, 2015

California and other states are struggling to meet the demand for dentists as they expand eligibility under the Affordable Care Act, according to this report from Kaiser Health News. The post States struggle with Medicaid dental care expansion appeared...

New Medi-Cal computer system at risk of delay

Feb 20, 2015

The state’s $1.7 billion project to build a new computerized claims management system for the Medi-Cal program is at risk of falling behind schedule this year, a state audit says. The project, managed by Xerox, has completed one of five planned phases, but the next phase, due in June, is far more complex and...

Death With Dignity: Living Funerals, Death Midwives and Conscious Dying

Feb 17, 2015

By Matt Perry

Every day in America, mourners gather for solemn events to remember the lives of dear, departed loved ones at a funeral or memorial service.

But for those exploring “conscious dying,” sometimes the loved one is still alive.

The nascent trend in “living funerals” is part of a growing movement in...

Lawmaker tries again on beverage labeling

Feb 11, 2015

State Senate Majority Leader Bill Monning is launching another try to require a warning label on sugar-sweetened drinks. Monning introduced a bill similar to one that passed the state Senate last year but died in the Assembly Health Committee after fac...

Fight the Power: A Medical School for Aging

Feb 2, 2015

By Matt Perry

Founding father John Adams has one thing in common with California elder Frank D. Vincent.

They both fought for their independence.

For seven years, Vincent has armed himself with the medical knowledge necessary to age with vigor by attending a progressive program offered annually at UC Davis – “Aging and...

San Diego tries housing first for homeless

Jan 20, 2015

By Marty Graham

San Diego, which in 2013 had the fourth largest homeless population in the U.S., has committed $30 million to an aggressive housing-first strategy that grew out of test projects putting the city’s most hard-core homeless indoors.

The new push is being heralded as a paradigm shift from a spectrum of temporary shelters, transient...

Not Crazy, Not Bad: The Aging Gurus of Mental Health

Jan 18, 2015

By Matt Perry

A visit to most long-term care facilities – a nursing home or assisted living facility – quickly reveals who wields the sword of control. Managers dispense orders to staff. Then able-bodied caregivers roam floors full of seniors compromised in either mind or body.

And frail residents dutifully follow the...

Program aims to ease encounters between mental health consumers and law enforcement

Jan 6, 2015


By Lynn Graebner
When law enforcement and people experiencing a mental health crisis intersect, it’s often not clear to either of them what they are dealing with or how to proceed. A new program in Butte County seeks to make those encounters safer for everyone.


The Butte County affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness...

Adding Insult to Injury: The Tale of the Blue Envelope

Jan 5, 2015

By Matt Perry

Imagine you are an older adult in your 60s or 70s, perhaps even your 80s. You’ve lived a long life of exquisite joy and sorrow. Today, you suffer from diabetes, heart disease, dementia, and a mental health problem like depression or anxiety.

Then, one day in the mail comes...

Claims denied

Dec 29, 2014

Dental Surgical Centers Reel As
Managed Care Provider Tightens Policies

By Pamela Johnson

A group of dental surgical centers that treat children and people with disabilities say that Health Plan of San Joaquin (HPSJ) has recently started to deny routine claims for services, and that if it continues they’ll likely be forced to close their doors.

The post...

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