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Medi-Cal Computer Glitches Still Causing Problems

January 29, 2015
Medi-Cal Computer Glitches Still Causing Problems By Hannah Guzik Although the Medi-Cal enrollment system is operating significantly better than it did a year ago, the county workers expect it may take several years for it to become a truly smooth process.

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Need to Know

January 26, 2015

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By Hannah Guzik

The state must process Medi-Cal applications within the required 45 days, a judge rules. An assisted-living network in San Francisco sees seniors as gurus of mental health. Patient suicides can make psychiatrists less likely to take similar cases in the future.

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Five Northern California Areas Have Higher Proportion of Unvaccinated Kids, Study Finds

January 21, 2015

By Hannah Guzik

As an outbreak of measles linked to Disneyland sweeps across the state, researchers have identified five Northern California areas that have higher proportions of unvaccinated children than the general population.

The study, published online Monday in the journal Pediatrics, found five statistically significant clusters where 18 to 23 percent of kids were under-immunized.

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Contra Costa Aims to Stop Domestic Violence Homicides Before They Happen

January 21, 2015
Contra Costa Aims to Stop Domestic Violence Homicides Before They Happen

By Leah Bartos

On September 20, 2011, Rafael Zarate slipped an eight-inch kitchen knife into his boot and walked into the restaurant where his ex-girlfriend was just beginning her shift.

The troubles between Zarate and Jensy Romero had already gone on for months, according to court documents. Just a few weeks earlier, Romero tried to break it off for good.

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Need to Know

January 20, 2015

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By Hannah Guzik

Brown’s budget doesn’t include money for health coverage for undocumented immigrants. There’s also no additional money to address the state’s dental coverage woes. Funding for health and social services will remain largely the same under the new plan.

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San Diego tries housing first for homeless

January 20, 2015
San Diego tries housing first for homeless

By Marty Graham

San Diego, which in 2013 had the fourth largest homeless population in the U.S., has committed $30 million to an aggressive housing-first strategy that grew out of test projects putting the city’s most hard-core homeless indoors.

The new push is being heralded as a paradigm shift from a spectrum of temporary shelters, transient housing and services spread across agencies and nonprofits to a focus on getting people into homes while working on the problems and issues that left them homeless.

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Not Crazy, Not Bad: The Aging Gurus of Mental Health

January 18, 2015
Not Crazy, Not Bad:  The Aging Gurus of Mental Health

By Matt Perry

A visit to most long-term care facilities – a nursing home or assisted living facility – quickly reveals who wields the sword of control. Managers dispense orders to staff. Then able-bodied caregivers roam floors full of seniors compromised in either mind or body.

And frail residents dutifully follow the house rules.

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Left Behind by the Affordable Care Act

January 15, 2015
Left Behind by the Affordable Care Act By Lily Dayton Dominga Sarabia is one of the estimated 
2.6 million undocumented California residents who are explicitly barred by law from the benefits of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The legislation has been a huge boon for many Californians. More than 3 million previously uninsured Californians gained health insurance since the start of the ACA’s first enrollment period, according to a July study from the Kaiser Family Foundation. Almost 30 percent of the remaining uninsured, however, are undocumented immigrants who are ineligible for both Medi-Cal and assistance through Covered California.

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A Return to Roots

January 15, 2015
A Return to Roots By Hannah Guzik The women here at the Mixteco/Indigena Organizing Project in downtown Oxnard are part of a new support group and are learning how to manage stress and deal with difficulties in their lives, sometimes including domestic violence and mental illness. As indigenous people, they’ve felt their “outsider status” in both Mexico and the United States. They face other troubles every day as members of an often invisible minority group in California.

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Study: Schedule Recess before Lunch to Get Kids to Eat their Fruits and Vegetables

January 14, 2015

By Fran Kritz

A study by researchers at Brigham Young and Cornell University offers a recommendation for getting kids at school to eat more fruits and vegetables: schedule recess before lunch.

Students who participate in the National School Lunch Program are required to select a fruit and a vegetable side dish with their meal, with the goal of getting kids to eat more fruits and vegetables.

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