Month: April 2015

Caregiver Crisis: Technology to the Rescue?

By Matt Perry Will social networking and technology save the day for one of America’s most intractable social problems — caring for the country’s aging population? The splashy launch of the San Francisco-based startup Honor — with high-profile backing from tech entrepreneur Mark Andreessen, politicians, and Hollywood celebrities alike — spotlights an issue that is devastating to families and finances. Honor plans to modernize today’s

Need to Know

Check in every Monday for health and health care news you need to know. By Hannah Guzik Navigating the barriers to care is a challenge for the newly insured. A state bill removing vaccine exemptions clears a key hurdle. Five counties have no providers who accept children with Denti-Cal. For undocumented immigrants, California is most inclusive. How counties stack up in providing health care for

The Vaccination Tipping Point

Doctors told Stockton mom Meghan Brenner that the benefits of vaccination far outweighed the risks of side effects. Still, she couldn’t shake the nagging fear that her child, now 2, could be sickened by the shots. The former teacher, now a stay-at-home mom, knew a study linking vaccines with autism had been debunked. And, in theory, she liked the idea of herd immunity and the protection it confers on everyone.

Report: California Most Inclusive of Undocumented Immigrants But Health Disparities Still Exist

By Hannah Guzik California has more policies that protect the health of undocumented immigrants than anywhere else in the nation, but disparities still exist, according to a new report. UCLA researchers assessed the policies each state has that affect the health and well-being of undocumented immigrants, giving California the top score. The report, released Thursday, also ranks Illinois, Washington, Colorado and Texas in the top

Need to Know

Check in every Monday for health and health care news you need to know. By Hannah Guzik Finding solutions for food insecure seniors. About 40 percent of Californians delayed medical care due to cost last year. Barriers to care persist, despite the expansion of Medi-Cal. Increasing income would improve health for low- and middle-income. Obama signed new legislation overhauling how Medicare pays doctors. Will state

Long-Term Care: The Approaching Storm Darkens

  By Matt Perry   California continues to be an expensive place to age when living in long-term care facilities. In its annual survey “The Cost of Care,” Genworth Financial – a life insurance company that also sells long-term care policies – reports that costs for skilled nursing facilities in California climbed 4% in the past year. Within the state there are huge cost variations

Increasing Income Would Improve Heath of Low- and Middle-Income Families

By Hannah Guzik The higher their income, the better health people report, so even slightly increasing income levels could have a significant effect on the wellbeing of the low- and middle-income families, according to a report released Monday. Researchers from Virginia Commonwealth University and the Urban Institute examined health data against income levels and found that low-income adults are almost five times as likely as

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