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Nearly a Quarter of Californians Are Obese, Study Finds

Jul 1, 2015

By Hannah Guzik

Nearly a quarter of Californians are obese, and the disease disproportionately affects low-income people and certain racial and ethnic groups, a new study reports.

The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research found that 24.8 percent of adults were obese in 2011–2012, compared to 19.3 percent a decade earlier.

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Money in the Bank: Aging and the “Longevity Economy”

Jun 29, 2015

 

By Matt Perry

A popular view of older adults — that they are an unproductive drag on the American economy  – is under challenge by a new brief commissioned by AARP called “The Longevity Economy.”

Authored by U.K.-based Oxford Economics, the brief refutes standard conventions of older adults and their economic impact, claiming that...

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San Joaquin County improves breastfeeding rate

Jun 29, 2015

By Sara Washington

In this story we go to Stockton where one program is working to improve San Joaquin County’s breastfeeding rate — currently it has one of the lowest in the state.

In California low-income mothers are the least likely to breastfeed. San Joaquin County ranks 38 out of 50 for the lowest county breastfeeding rates.

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Need to Know

Jun 28, 2015

Check in every Monday for health and health care news you need to know.

By Hannah Guzik

The truth about HIV prevention drug

Living in an unsafe neighborhood may affect DNA.

Health law clears major hurdle as Supreme Court upholds subsidies.

What comes next after the Supreme Court’s ruling that gay marriage is a constitutional...

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Health Law Clears Major Hurdle As Supreme Court Upholds Subsidies

Jun 25, 2015

By Hannah Guzik

The Supreme Court upheld a major element of President Obama’s health care law Thursday, ruling that the government should continue offer insurance subsidies nationwide.

The 6-3 decision preserves the Affordable Care Act, a law that has expanded insurance coverage across the U.S.

In the King v. Burwell case, the court considered a...

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Health Plan in Three Counties Still Below State Minimum Performance Level

Jun 24, 2015

By Hannah Guzik

A health plan operating in three California counties remains below the state’s minimum performance level, data released this month shows.

The Anthem Blue Cross Medi-Cal plan in Alameda, Contra Costa and Kings counties has consistently failed the state’s performance review since at least February 2014.

Medi-Cal is California’s low-income health plan.

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The Truth About HIV Prevention Drug Truvada

Jun 22, 2015

By Linda Childers In the 1980s, a diagnosis of HIV used to mean AIDS or even early death. Today, thanks to advances in medicine, Truvada could potentially eliminate the 50,000 new cases of HIV infections diagnosed each year, yet the medication continue...

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Assisted Dying: California’s Tipping Point Arrives

Jun 22, 2015

By Matt Perry

“Science progresses one funeral at a time.” – German physicist Max Planck

No other death has so profoundly changed the way we perceive the dying process as that of Brittany Maynard, the young California woman who insisted on the right to die on her own terms by moving to Oregon, where she could...

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Need to Know

Jun 22, 2015

Check in every Monday for health and health care news you need to know. By Hannah Guzik The state has failed to ensure Medi-Cal patients have access to doctors, audit finds. Medi-Cal docs who fail site reviews are more likely to face board discipline. ...

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State Has Failed to Ensure Medi-Cal Patients Have Adequate Access to Doctors, Audit Finds

Jun 18, 2015

By Hannah Guzik

The state agency that oversees Medi-Cal has failed to ensure that patients have adequate access to doctors, the California State Auditor has found.

The audit, released Tuesday, found that provider directories for people enrolled in the low-income health plan were peppered with errors that the Department of Health Care Services didn’t catch.

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