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Action Against Merger Tied to Affordability, Quality of Health Care

Sep 13, 2016
Action Against Merger Tied to Affordability, Quality of Health Care

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By Robin Urevich

The biggest merger in the history of the health insurance industry is on shaky ground. In June, the U.S. Department of Justice filed suit to block the $54 billion Anthem-Cigna merger, as well as a similar bid by Aetna to acquire Humana.

Nationally, the two mergers would shrink the nation’s...

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Gov. Brown Signs Bill Granting Farmworkers Overtime Pay

Sep 13, 2016

By Hannah Guzik

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Monday that will grant California farmworkers overtime pay, making them the first such agricultural workers in the nation to receive standard overtime wages.

The new law will be phased in over four years and will eventually give farmworkers overtime pay after working an 8-hour shift or...

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911 Delays Are A Statewide Problem

Sep 12, 2016
911 Delays Are A Statewide Problem

By Padma Nagappan

When 911 was designated the universal emergency services number in the 1960s by the FCC, there were only landlines and one telephone company. Since then, more telephone companies have entered the fray – and in the past 20 years the vast majority of calls are placed using cell phones.

The post

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Low-Income Transgender Patients in Southern California Don’t Have Access to Life-Changing Surgeries

Sep 12, 2016
Low-Income Transgender Patients in Southern California Don’t Have Access to Life-Changing Surgeries

By Hannah Guzik

Kina D’Angelo was 5 years old when she first remembers feeling like she was in the wrong body.

Now, at 27, after years of living in hiding, she has decided to change that.

But she and about 50 other transgender patients in Los Angeles County have been forced to wait for life-altering surgeries because...

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When Experience is a Liability

Sep 12, 2016

By Matt Perry

When the New York Times sought a powerful voice to illuminate the dark scourge of ageism in America, they asked Ashton Applewhite, author of March’s This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism, who was profiled earlier this year by the California Health Report.

In her recent piece for the Times,...

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Touch Me In The Morning: Aging, Surrogate Partners and Erotic Healing

Sep 12, 2016
Touch Me In The Morning: Aging, Surrogate Partners and Erotic Healing

Linda Poelzl

 

By Matt Perry

Carol Finkelstein’s elderly father Ted was causing trouble. His sexual desires and encroaching dementia collided with restrictions at a long-term care facility, making him even more combative. He pulled fire alarms, stole floor keys and once touched a female resident’s breast. He was kicked out.

He was then welcomed into a...

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Why I’m fighting the state on behalf of my son

Why I’m fighting the state on behalf of my son

Yuki Baba and Nate Kyle. Photo from Yuki Baba.

By Yuki Baba

Nate Kyle is 8 years old and diagnosed with a brain malformation characterized by lack of proper wrinkles on the brain. Since he cannot sit up on his own, he spends a lot of time on his blanket on the floor.

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Most Health Care Costs in California Are Paid With Public Funds

Sep 6, 2016

By Hannah Guzik

The majority of health care expenses in California are paid for with public funds, a new study released Wednesday reports.

The research counters the popular belief that corporations and individuals bear the brunt of health care costs.

Researchers from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research found that taxpayer dollars will pay...

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Dignity Health Trains Providers to Recognize Trafficking Victims

Sep 5, 2016
Dignity Health Trains Providers to Recognize Trafficking Victims

By Linda Childers

Human trafficking is a growing problem in the United States, and according to the Center for Public Policy Studies, California is considered one of the top four destinations in the country for human trafficking, a practice that uses men, women and children for forced labor or sexual exploitation. While there is a...

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Nation’s First Firearm Violence Research Center Will Be At UC Davis

Aug 30, 2016

By Hannah Guzik

The nation’s first firearm violence research center will be located at UC Davis’ Sacramento campus, University of California President Janet Napolitano announced Monday.

Garen Wintemute, an ER doctor and experienced gun violence researcher, will lead the University of California Firearm Violence Research Center.

Wintemute’s existing gun-violence research program is the only one...

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