Month: June 2013

Counties build bridge to Obamacare

By Callie Shanafelt

The Supreme Court decision that kept Obamacare intact made one major change to the legislation: the Medicaid expansion became optional. But California, one of the states leading on reforms, started the expansion of the state Medicaid program—known as Medi-Cal— three years ago. The early expansion in California and other states was intended to show the benefits and pitfalls of reforms before they were rolled out nationwide and to provide models for success.

Grandma Knows Best… For The Planet

Every child knows that when trouble strikes, when mom and dad just don’t understand, there’s always one person who will listen until everything is better. Grandma. Recent research, in fact, indicates that grandmothers who suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia may actually gain more empathy for the world around them. But can 13 grandmothers from around the globe help save the planet? Matt Perry’s latest column on aging with dignity.

Jerry Brown: Disciplinarian

By Daniel Weintraub Jerry Brown was the kid the first time he was governor, nearly 40 years ago. Now he is definitely providing adult supervision in Sacramento. Since retaking the executive suite, Brown has lectured Californians – and the Legislature – about the need to get real on the state budget. His stance is pretty simple: the state should not spend more than it takes

Slum housing still a health problem

By Chris Richard

Health activists call for a new push focusing on allergens such as black mold and cockroach waste that they hold partially to blame for high asthma rates among children in some of the city’s poorest neighborhoods.

Long term care: a scary abyss

The exploding number of older adults in the United States – over 8,000 people turn 65 each day according to the U.S. Census Bureau – means Baby Boomers are staring into a terrifying abyss as a faltering economy wreaks havoc with retirement funds and the ability to pay for long-term care.

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