Month: October 2015

Domestic Violence Victims Face a Greater Risk of HIV

  By Hannah Guzik  Women who are victims of domestic violence have an increased risk of contracting HIV and a more difficult time keeping up with treatments, according to women’s health advocates. Citing statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a group of women’s health organizations are trying to raise awareness this month of the link between HIV and domestic violence. One

Need to know

By Hannah Guzik Are workplace issues the missing link between education and health? Shopping around instead of renewing a health plan can save money. High-deductible plans can cause some people to avoid getting treatment. A new “census” documents the plight of the working poor in Coastal California. Will California’s sweeping new social policies set a trend? A new “census” documents the plight of the working

Disparities Persist When Finding and Seeing a Doctor

  By Hannah Guzik Although everyone ends up spending about the same amount of time with a doctor during an appointment, those who are from certain racial groups and who are low-income spend more time and resources getting care, according to a new study. The results of the study, published this month in JAMA Internal Medicine and on the California HealthCare Foundation’s website, show that

Positive Aging: Talk to the Animals

It’s not often a zoo features human cage-dancing, a cross-dressing fortune teller, sake bombs at the top of a slide, and a zookeeper who doubles as a DJ from the famed Coachella Music Festival. Yet behind this concept at San Jose’s Happy Hollow Park and Zoo is an excitable woman with a singular and highly original vernacular.

New Law Will Require State to Keep Provider Directories Updated

  By Hannah Guzik Responding to reports that provider directories often contain numerous errors, Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill that will require insurers to update their lists of doctors weekly. The bill, SB 137, will help people who are shopping for health plans as well as those who already have insurance but need to find a doctor. A California Health Report investigation in

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By Hannah Guzik   A nurse has an idea for bringing health care to people who need it most. Brown signed the assisted death bill, which goes into effect in 2016. With a new complaint phone system, will Medi-Cal enrollees be able to get help? San Francisco’s effective response to AIDS can serve as a model. Children in need of mental health care often wait

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