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California Advocates Seek Information on Children’s Exchange Plans

Apr 30, 2015

By Kellie Schmitt

Pediatric coverage benefits offered through the Affordable Care Act’s exchange plans vary widely across the country – and so far, there is little data to show whether or not these variations are creating gaps in the children’s care here.

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Even When Medically Necessary, Children Face Barriers to Epileptic Surgery, Study Finds

Apr 30, 2015

By Hannah Guzik 

When anti-seizure drugs no longer help, children with epilepsy often need surgery, but a new study has found that they face barriers to treatment and often wait more than a year for the surgery.

The UCLA study found that, on average, children had had seizures for more than five years before they...

Caregiver Crisis: Technology to the Rescue?

Apr 26, 2015

By Matt Perry

Will social networking and technology save the day for one of America’s most intractable social problems — caring for the country’s aging population?

The splashy launch of the San Francisco-based startup Honor — with high-profile backing from tech entrepreneur Mark Andreessen, politicians, and Hollywood celebrities alike — spotlights an issue that is devastating...

Need to Know

Apr 25, 2015

Check in every Monday for health and health care news you need to know. By Hannah Guzik Navigating the barriers to care is a challenge for the newly insured. A state bill removing vaccine exemptions clears a key hurdle. Five counties have no providers ...

The Vaccination Tipping Point

Apr 24, 2015

By Kellie Schmitt

Doctors told Stockton mom Meghan Brenner that the benefits of vaccination far outweighed the risks of side effects. Still, she couldn’t shake the nagging fear that her child, now 2, could be sickened by the shots. The former teacher, now a stay-at-home mom, knew a study linking vaccines with autism had been debunked....

Report: California Most Inclusive of Undocumented Immigrants But Health Disparities Still Exist

Apr 22, 2015

By Hannah Guzik California has more policies that protect the health of undocumented immigrants than anywhere else in the nation, but disparities still exist, according to a new report. UCLA researchers assessed the policies each state has that affect ...

Need to Know

Apr 19, 2015

Check in every Monday for health and health care news you need to know. By Hannah Guzik Finding solutions for food insecure seniors. About 40 percent of Californians delayed medical care due to cost last year. Barriers to care persist, despite the expa...

Long-Term Care: The Approaching Storm Darkens

Apr 17, 2015


By Matt Perry


California continues to be an expensive place to age when living in long-term care facilities.

In its annual survey “The Cost of Care,” Genworth Financial – a life insurance company that also sells long-term care policies – reports that costs for skilled nursing facilities in California climbed 4% in the past year.


Increasing Income Would Improve Heath of Low- and Middle-Income Families

Apr 16, 2015

By Hannah Guzik The higher their income, the better health people report, so even slightly increasing income levels could have a significant effect on the wellbeing of the low- and middle-income families, according to a report released Monday. Researc...

Disparities persist in tooth decay, preventive care

Apr 14, 2015

By Pamela K. Johnson Nearly a quarter of American children age 5 and under suffer from tooth decay, and minority children have untreated cavities at twice the rate of non-Hispanic white children, according to new data from the US Centers for Disease C...

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