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.
Month: April 2015
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.
Will social networking and technology save the day for one of America’s most intractable social problems — caring for the country’s aging population?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
While statistics for hungry children typically grab the biggest headlines, the numbers for elder hunger are also surprisingly dire — Feeding America estimates that 9% of seniors live in food insecure households. Of California’s nearly 5 million older adults that translates to anywhere between 326,000 to half a million hungry older adults.
African-American women who live in rural areas report lower rates of depression than their urban counterparts, but the opposite is true for white women, according to a new study.