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. Covered California and the state’s Department of Health
Month: July 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. And she’s from the Fiji Islands. Well, we get along great and I
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.
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. “Talk to me in Spanish,” say Latino elders seeking mental health treatment. Nearly two-thirds of adults
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.
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. Comparatively, 18.9 percent of women were uninsured two years
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. The poll was conducted as a joint effort
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. Now there’s new data to back up that claim.
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.
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. We will stay in Stockton where we’ll meet midwives who are struggling to