Month: October 2010

Fulfilling the Promise of the Medi-Cal Expansion

Federal health reform will add as many as two million more people to California’s seven million person Medi-Cal program. What will it take to guarantee this expansion exists not only on paper but results in meaningful access to quality healthcare for new enrollees? The first thing to understand is that this may require a substantial commitment of state resources. The California Budget Project estimates that the cost of the expansion to California will be approximately $5 billion dollars over the next ten years. California has to pick up only a small share of the cost of those newly eligible for the program. But the state will continue to split evenly with the feds the cost of those people who were eligible before the law was passed but will be newly enrolled.

Affordable housing and one community's future

For more than a year, a debate has been brewing in Sacramento’s Oak Park neighborhood around affordable housing. The debate centers on one intersection but represents a much larger issue: is there such a thing as too much affordable housing in one community? Paul S. Towers explores the issue.

Stockton market helps close the fresh food gap

The city of Stockton boasts what organizers call the largest Asian farmers market on the west coast. The certified market serves a wide variety of customers from different ethnic groups and across the income strata, from low-income inner city residents to affluent suburban families. The market helps provide fresh food to people who find it hard to get at their neighborhood market. Tony Wilson offers this five-minute video profile.

Breast cancer screening program will reopen soon

Low-income women over age 40 will soon be able to receive mammograms again through the state-run Every Woman Counts cancer detection program. The Schwarzenegger Administration shut down enrollment in the program in January and limited screenings to those already enrolled to woman over age 50. But the Legislature, as part of the budget, restored funding for the program to return to its former status. Correspondent Megan Baier has the story.

Study finds more fructose than expected in soda sweetened with corn syrup

By Daniel Weintraub An intriguing study of the sugar content of popular soft drinks to be published Wednesday suggests that soda often contains more fructose than commonly believed, and fountain drinks at fast food restaurants have more sugar than advertised on nutrition content disclosures. The study, published in the journal Obesity, was done by three University of Southern California researchers led by Dr. Michael Goran,

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