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Most Are Opting to Renew Covered California Insurance, Report Shows

July 30, 2015

By Hannah Guzik

The vast majority of Californians who purchased health insurance on the state’s exchange are opting to renew it, according to a new report.

About 1.1 million people who had insurance through Covered California were eligible to renew the coverage during the last quarter of 2014. Of those, 92 percent opted to keep the insurance.

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In-home care allows seniors to stay independent

July 27, 2015

By Veronica Moscoso

(Elizabeth Smigiel and Siti Erodogan sing together in Elizabeth’s home)
I’m the one who loves you.

Siti Erodogan
Yes, how about me? Do I?

Elizabeth Smigiel
We’ve been together so long now we’re blood sisters.

Elizabeth Smigiel
88-years-old
(Interview) I have a care provider that helps me with everything.

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Disabled Advocates Rally for Health

July 27, 2015
Disabled Advocates Rally for Health By Jessica Portner In every corner of California, in living rooms, community centers, and grassroots organizations, disabled activists are determined and organized to fight to preserve health programs and social services that help them and their communities.

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Need to Know

July 27, 2015

Check in every Monday for health and health care news you need to know.

By Hannah Guzik

A San Diego program shows the value of housing first. A new California law allows homeless people to get free IDs. Health care hurdles for people with disabilities: second in a series.

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Come Together: Bay Area Organizations Help Survivors of Human Trafficking

July 27, 2015
Come Together: Bay Area Organizations Help Survivors of Human Trafficking By Linda Childers As the volunteer director for the Bay Area Youth Dance Team, Vanessa Scott was shocked when one of her 15-year-old students became ensnared in the web of human trafficking and was forced into prostitution. Like many Bay Area residents, Scott was unaware that the San Francisco area ranks as one of the nation’s main hubs for human trafficking, a crime that includes sex trafficking, child labor, forced labor and domestic servitude.

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Uninsured Rate Remains Higher For Men

July 24, 2015

By Hannah Guzik

Men remain less likely than women to have health insurance in the U.S., despite drops in the overall number of uninsured since the Affordable Care Act, new research shows.

In October 2013, before the health reform expansion, 21.8 percent of men were uninsured. But by March of this year, only 15.2 percent were.

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Who Will Care For Me?

July 20, 2015

By Matt Perry

 

Nearly two-thirds of adults over 40 have no idea how they’ll pay for long-term care when they’ll need it.

That’s one of the dismal findings from a recent survey exploring the state of aging and caregiving.

More than half of those interviewed admitted they’d done virtually no planning for their long-term care needs.

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San Diego Program Shows Value of Housing First

July 20, 2015
San Diego Program Shows Value of Housing First

By Marty Graham

Advocates for the homeless have long argued that the “housing first” model for moving homeless people into shelter and services without demanding that they change their behavior was not only more humane but also more likely to help people rebuild their lives, with the potential to improve their health and save taxpayer dollars in the long run.

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Latino Elders and Mental Health: Talk to Me… in Spanish

July 20, 2015
Latino Elders and Mental Health: Talk to Me… in Spanish By Matt Perry A swelling Latino population in California has meant rising numbers of Latino elders and, with them, a growing movement to support their mental health needs. Yet the movement faces a huge obstacle: Latinos don’t typically seek out help for behavioral health concerns.

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California Health Report TV – Episode 7

July 20, 2015

In this episode we bring you stories from throughout San Joaquin Valley about people improving their lives and the conditions of their communities. First we go to Stockton where one program is working to improve the rate of breastfeeding in San Joaquin County – currently one of the lowest in the state.

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