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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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California Has Seen a 34% Increase in Medi-Cal Enrollment Since ACA

Jun 15, 2015

By Hannah Guzik

California leads the nation in enrollment in Medicaid, the national health program for low-income people, and has seen a 34 percent increase in enrollment since the Affordable Care Act took effect, according to a new report.

As the most populous state, it’s no surprise that California has the largest number of Medicaid...

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Need to Know

Jun 15, 2015

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

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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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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