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Huge Increase in Cases Handled by Medi-Cal Complaint Office This Year

Aug 7, 2014

By Hannah Guzik

The California office that handles complaints from people in the state’s low-income health program has seen its monthly caseload increase by 82 percent this year compared to 2013.

The Department of Health Care Services operates Medi-Cal, the state’s Medicaid program. The department’s Managed Care Ombudsman Office responds to complaints from Medi-Cal enrollees.

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Having More than One Chronic Condition Cuts Short Life Expectancy

Aug 7, 2014

By Fran Kritz

A new study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health finds that the more ailments a person has after retirement age, the shorter their life expectancy.

“Living with multiple chronic diseases such as diabetes, kidney disease and heart failure is now the norm and not the exception in the...

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Despite Regulations, Low-Income Californians With Learning Disabilities Often Fall Through the Cracks

Aug 6, 2014

By Claudia Boyd-Barrett

Shortly after she began participating in California’s Welfare-to-Work program, Michele Marino began to think she was going crazy.

The single mother had just enrolled in a government cash-assistance program to help support herself and her two young sons, while she searched for a job and took classes at a community college.

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Children with Incarcerated Family Members Suffer Health Problems Later in Life

Aug 6, 2014

By Fran Kritz A new study finds that people who grew up in a household where a member was incarcerated have an 18 percent greater risk of experiencing poor health quality later in life than adults who did not have a family member sent to prison. The fi...

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California Stem Cell Report
Another Perspective on the Trounson Flap: Columnist Lists It as Example of ‘Possible Corruption’

The $3 billion California stem cell agency was mixed up with some bad company this week – part of the fallout from last month’s Trounson Affair. 


The agency was lumped together with some ne’er-do-wells in a column in California newspapers that was headlined:

“California state government awash in corruption, conflict of interest”
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Many Young Men Now Have Insurance, But Will They See a Doctor?

Aug 4, 2014

By Amy DePaul

Twenty-one-year-old Albert is a self-described transient who picks up odd jobs whenever possible. On this day in mid-July, he’s waiting to be picked up for day labor in Santa Ana.

Albert has a black spot on his foot that he knows could signal diabetes, an illness that runs in his family and forced...

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Covered Ca sees 4.2% average rate hike in 2015

Aug 4, 2014

By Daniel Weintraub

In the first full year under the federal Affordable Care Act, California led the nation – embracing the new law eagerly, implementing it quickly, and providing relatively robust choice with low premiums through a web site that, most of the time, actually worked.

There was nothing in Thursday’s announcement about the early...

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Placer County Online
Rep. Tom McClintock announces August Town Hall Meetings

U.S. Rep. Tom McClintock (CA-04) will hold the following town hall meetings in Placer County in August: August 5 6:00 PM Loomis Town Hall Loomis Railroad Depot 5775 Horseshoe Bar Road, Loomis. August 13 6:00 PM Roseville Town Hall Timber Creek Ballroom, Sun City 7050 Del Webb Blvd., Roseville. August 25 6:00 PM Rocklin...

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Aging’s Staunch Ally in The City of Angels

Aug 4, 2014

By Matt Perry Inside a bureaucratic jungle, Laura Trejo always finds room to roar. When Trejo sat in the midst of a panel of experts during the recent launch of a new state senate committee on aging, she spoke plainly yet firmly. During her 10-minute lecture, simmering tension escalated into barely controlled fury.

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HealthyCal.org
California Health Report TV – episode 1

Aug 4, 2014

In this inaugural episode we bring you stories from around the state of people who are improving their own health and the health of their communities.

The implementation of the Affordable Care Act is dramatically changing our healthcare system. But research shows that where you live is more closely connected to your health than doctors...

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