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California Advocates Seek Information on Children’s Exchange Plans

April 30, 2015
California Advocates Seek Information on Children’s Exchange Plans By Kellie Schmitt Pediatric coverage benefits offered through the Affordable Care Act’s exchange plans vary widely across the country – and so far, there is little data to show whether or not these variations are creating gaps in the children’s care here.

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Even When Medically Necessary, Children Face Barriers to Epileptic Surgery, Study Finds

April 30, 2015

By Hannah Guzik 

When anti-seizure drugs no longer help, children with epilepsy often need surgery, but a new study has found that they face barriers to treatment and often wait more than a year for the surgery.

The UCLA study found that, on average, children had had seizures for more than five years before they had surgery.

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Caregiver Crisis: Technology to the Rescue?

April 26, 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.

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Need to Know

April 26, 2015

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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.

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The Vaccination Tipping Point

April 24, 2015
The Vaccination Tipping Point By Kellie Schmitt 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.

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

April 22, 2015

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.

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Need to Know

April 20, 2015

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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.

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Long-Term Care: The Approaching Storm Darkens

April 17, 2015

 

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.

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

April 16, 2015

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 those with incomes above $100,000 to report being in fair or poor health.

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Disparities persist in tooth decay, preventive care

April 14, 2015
Disparities persist in tooth decay, preventive care

By Pamela K. Johnson

Nearly a quarter of American children age 5 and under suffer from tooth decay, and minority children have untreated cavities at twice the rate of non-Hispanic white children, according to new data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The study comes at a time when many states are ramping up efforts to combat tooth decay among youngsters.

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