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Half of Kids and a Quarter of Adults in California Are Enrolled in Medi-Cal

Aug 24, 2015

By Hannah Guzik

Half of children and a quarter of adults in California are enrolled in the state’s low-income health plan, according to numbers released Wednesday.

There are 5.2 million children and 7.4 million adults enrolled in Medi-Cal, according to the figures provided by the Department of Health Care Services. That’s about 57 percent of the...

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Need to Know

Aug 24, 2015

Check in every Monday for health and health care news you need to know. By Hannah Guzik To fight obesity, we need healthier communities. Positive moods can spread throughout friend groups, warding off depression. Attitudes toward hospice care can vary ...

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Chronic Pain Patients Caught in the Middle as Feds Restrict Painkillers

Aug 23, 2015

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By Lynn Graebner

New federal  restrictions on prescription painkillers are having an unintended consequence: many chronic pain patients can’t get the relief they need, and some are even resorting to illegal drugs to help them cope.

Over five years 7,400 people have died in California alone due to prescription opioid overuse and overdose, according...

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Probation Officer’s Love of Soccer Saves at Risk Kids

Aug 23, 2015

 

Probation officer Gina Castañeda in action, coaching the young men of the Aztecs in Watsonville, Calif. Photo: Lily Dayton/CHR

 

By Lily Dayton

Coach Gina Castañeda stands in a player box at the edge of the indoor soccer arena, yelling above the cheers of the crowd to the teenage boys in purple jerseys darting across the...

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To fight obesity, we need healthier communities

Aug 18, 2015

By Daniel Weintraub

 

At first glance the conclusions from a recent study on obesity by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research seem obvious: people who are overweight or obese tend to have a less healthy diet and exercise less often than people whose weight is normal.

 

But behind those findings is another, more compelling story:

 

Minorities...

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From Investments to Individuals: Finance Firm Prepares for Aging

Aug 16, 2015

 

By Matt Perry

A common view of investment advisers is that they place you into funds with the highest advisor fees. Then move your money around – churn, churn, churn – to reap even more cash for themselves. Your cash.

“Show me the money.”

This view is especially vexing for older adults heading towards retirement.

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Need to Know

Aug 16, 2015

Check in every Monday for health and health care news you need to know. By Hannah Guzik Advocates urge the state to gather more data on children in Medi-Cal. One county will move at least 1,000 mentally ill inmates out of jail and into treatment. Cali...

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State Seeking Innovative Community Health Ideas

Aug 13, 2015

By Hannah Guzik In the hopes of improving health across the state, California officials are asking community members to share any innovative programs that have yielded results. The California Health and Human Services Agency and Department of Public He...

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Advocates Urge the State to Gather More Data on Children in Medi-Cal

Aug 13, 2015

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By Hannah Guzik

Although more than half of California’s children are enrolled in the state’s low-income health program, the state does not report how many of them are born at a low birth weight, receive a developmental screening in their first three years of life or have a suicide-risk assessment if they have...

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Need to Know

Aug 9, 2015

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

By Hannah Guzik

Is California ready for the doubling population of seniors?

A highway to skilled nursing? Not so fast.

Getting people insured doesn’t save money overall, but improves health.

Pre-Super Bowl event sheds light on human trafficking.

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