Month: December 2013

Historic prison reform raises fundamental questions

California is two years into an historic reform of its criminal justice policy, shifting low-level offenders from state prison to county custody. The change has resulted in 18,000 inmates going free who, in past years, would have been behind bars. Now a new study suggests that this change has led to a significant increase in auto theft. How should the state respond?

This Green House Grows Humans

California’s innovative concept in skilled nursing care, The Green House Project, is intended to foster an environment for older adults to thrive. As described by Green House founder Dr. Bill Thomas, the difference in these new facilities is simple: “Love matters.”

Report: Many Uninsured African-Americans May be Eligible for Health Insurance Financial Assistance

A new report finds that  six out of ten (4.2 million) uninsured African Americans who may be eligible for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace might qualify for Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), or tax credits to help with the cost of premiums.  According to the report, if all states took advantage of new opportunities to expand Medicaid many more African-Americans would be covered.

Town Hall Audience Learns About ACA Options

Ben Hall, a self-employed musician and music teacher living in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, pays for his own health insurance — $185 a month to Anthem. He’s also one of the millions of Americans who recently received a letter in the mail from his insurance provider canceling his plan at the end of the year because it doesn’t meet the minimum requirements for coverage set forth by the Affordable Care Act.

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