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Health Law Clears Major Hurdle As Supreme Court Upholds Subsidies

Jun 25, 2015

By Hannah Guzik

The Supreme Court upheld a major element of President Obama’s health care law Thursday, ruling that the government should continue offer insurance subsidies nationwide.

The 6-3 decision preserves the Affordable Care Act, a law that has expanded insurance coverage across the U.S.

In the King v. Burwell case, the court considered a...

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Sleaze factor surfaces at arena subsidy trial

Jun 25, 2015

When I was growing up in Queens, one of the older guys who hung around Braddock Park got a job selling tires. He was a smart guy who always knew a quick way to make a buck. The store he … Continue reading

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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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Reflections on a complicated father-son relationship

Jun 22, 2015

While reading many touching tributes to fathers yesterday on Facebook, I wondered what it must be like to have a father who elicits such positive emotions. I don’t hold rosy remembrances of my father, although I do remember his large … Continue reading

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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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Good looks are part of the equation

Jun 17, 2015

Back in my dating days, I had many first meetings that started with a coffee date. The idea was to get a sense whether things might go anywhere without slogging through what might be an uncomfortable, expensive dinner date. In … Continue reading

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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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