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High Heart-Failure Rate in San Bernardino County Prompts New Helpline

Feb 25, 2015

By Hannah Guzik

Nearly 20 percent of San Bernardino County residents enrolled in the state’s low-income insurance program are treated for heart failure — an alarmingly high rate.

In response, a nonprofit has created a helpline that will facilitate care, with referrals to doctors, exercise programs, nutrition advice and transportation to clinics.

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Need to Know

Feb 22, 2015

By Hannah Guzik Check in every Monday for health and health care news you need to know. Trauma is a public health crisis, but new research offers hope. California, for one, is trying to protect kids from trauma. Foster kids are prescribed antipsychotic...

No Room at Rehab?

Feb 20, 2015

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California’s broad response to fraud may limit access to addiction treatment

By Hannah Guzik

A 12-year-old girl is in foster care, but could be living with her father – if he could find a place in an outpatient drug treatment program.

The girl, her father, and the judge and the social service...

States struggle with Medicaid dental care expansion

Feb 20, 2015

California and other states are struggling to meet the demand for dentists as they expand eligibility under the Affordable Care Act, according to this report from Kaiser Health News. The post States struggle with Medicaid dental care expansion appeared...

New Medi-Cal computer system at risk of delay

Feb 20, 2015

The state’s $1.7 billion project to build a new computerized claims management system for the Medi-Cal program is at risk of falling behind schedule this year, a state audit says. The project, managed by Xerox, has completed one of five planned phases, but the next phase, due in June, is far more complex and...

New State Bureau Launched to Help Foster Kids

Feb 19, 2015

By Hannah Guzik

California officials have formed a new bureau designed to help some of the state’s most vulnerable children.

The Bureau of Children’s Justice aims to help kids who have experienced trauma, educational discrimination, human trafficking or problems in the foster care or juvenile justice system, state Atty. Gen. Kamala D.

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Hope in a Hidden Public Health Crisis

Feb 17, 2015

First in a series of three stories about violence as a public health crisis.

LaVerne Vaughn made a decision after she served prison time in her late 30s: She’d live the rest of her life a free woman. Vaughn, now in her early 40s, with a platinum pixie cut and a steady, empathetic gaze, kept...

Why Young People Kill

Feb 17, 2015

From Crime to Cure 

Second in a series of three stories about violence as a public health crisis.

Dwayne Taylor went to a party at the Ida B. Wells housing project one mid-May night as the Chicago weather was warming to the promise of spring. Once there, according to court documents, Taylor met up...

Stopping Homicides, One Shooter at a Time

Feb 17, 2015

Third in a series of three stories about violence as a public health crisis. 

Joe McCoy is intimately familiar with the violence epidemic in his hometown of Richmond, Calif. McCoy is one of six outreach workers employed by the Office of Neighborhood Safety (ONS), a city agency. They patrol the streets to tackle the problem...

Need to Know

Feb 17, 2015

By Hannah Guzik Check in every Monday for health and health care news you need to know. Will it work this time to get a warning label on sugary drinks? Mothers who smoke while pregnant are more likely to have daughters with diabetes, a study finds. The...

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