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Jun 15, 2015

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By Hannah Guzik

People of color and LGTBQ people face unequal access to mental health treatment.

For California’s undocumented people, health services vary greatly by county.

Medi-Cal autism care may be lagging, despite the fact that it’s covered.

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Medi-Cal Docs Who Fail Site Reviews More Likely to Face Board Discipline

Jun 15, 2015

By Robin Urevich

Many Los Angeles County doctors who treat the poor in California’s Medi-Cal managed care program have earned poor grades on safety, cleanliness and other measures the state uses to monitor health care delivery for some of the state’s most vulnerable patients.

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Letting go of the past isn’t so easy

Jun 15, 2015
Letting go of the past isn’t so easy

    In a 1960 column from my high school newspaper, I’m tabbed as a future star of the varsity basketball team at Martin Van Buren High School in Queens. A few paragraphs later, Robert Savio is mentioned as the … Continue reading

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Journalism and self-help book on collision course

Jun 10, 2015

Here’s yet another thing I don’t get: Why would people with seemingly good professional credentials promote themselves as life coaches and then publicly write things so nonsensical or utterly simplistic that they undermine their own credibility? I mean, why not … Continue reading

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Pressure builds to boost reimbursements to dentists in Medi-Cal

Jun 10, 2015

By Daniel Weintraub

 

Jim Wood tells a story about teeth that makes him smile.

Wood — a dentist and a state assemblyman from Sonoma County — remembers the time a patient of his who was an elementary school teacher told him about a student suffering from serious dental problems. The little girl’s family was poor and...

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Patient Advocates: Divine Guidance

Jun 8, 2015

By Matt Perry

The mind-boggling frustration of a simple visit to the doctor’s office is legendary. Clinicians interrupt patients offering medical histories within an average of 15 seconds. The typical length of a visit to a primary care physician is just 15 minutes. And after leaving, patients retain only a fraction of what a doctor...

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Medi-Cal Health Plan in 3 Counties Has Been Below State’s Minimum Performance Level for Over a Year

Jun 8, 2015

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By Hannah Guzik

The health plan that serves low-income people in three California counties has been below the state’s minimum performance level for more than a year, according to quarterly assessments from the state agency that oversees the health plan.

The Anthem Blue Cross Medi-Cal program in Alameda, Contra Costa and Kings counties...

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Sacramento politicians tell voters to get lost

Jun 8, 2015
Sacramento politicians tell voters to get lost

  If you get the feeling Sacramento city politicians are telling the majority of local voters to go to hell, you’re definitely not imagining things. Last November, wary voters wanted no part of Mayor Kevin Johnson’s strong-mayor proposal. They rejected … Continue reading

Breast Cancer? But Doctor....I hate pink!
Full Circle, Squished Breasts

Unbelievably, at my last oncology appointment, my doctor ordered a mammogram - for me.   He said, "I think we've been neglecting your routine care."Routine care?   Me and routine care? Does not compute.In 2009, when I was diagnosed, I only had my diseased breast removed, keeping my other one as a souvenir. With...

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Kings star DeMarcus Cousins won’t buy Ranadive’s basketball theory designed for girls

Jun 3, 2015
Kings star DeMarcus Cousins won’t buy Ranadive’s basketball theory designed for girls

When you think about the story of David and Goliath, you don’t automatically think about Sacramento Kings majority owner Vivek Ranadive and his star center DeMarcus Cousins. But there is a link to be drawn, and it doesn’t bode well … Continue reading

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