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Mental Health Care Lacking for California Veterans

April 28, 2016

By Hannah Guzik

More than three quarters of male California veterans who needed mental health care between 2011 and 2013 didn’t get adequate treatment, a new study reports.

Researchers from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research also found that, contrary to popular belief, veterans didn’t report having more mental health problems than the general population.

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A Key to Health Equity in California is Diverse Physicians

April 26, 2016

 

By Dr. David M. Carlisle

In California and across the nation, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) brought historic increases in coverage to people that have long been left out of the health care system, namely communities of color. Nearly 2 million African Americans and 4.2 million Latinos gained health insurance.

With this expanded population able to get preventive care, they need access to health care professionals.

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Seeing the Light: Caring for Elder Patients

April 25, 2016
Seeing the Light: Caring for Elder Patients

By Matt Perry

Travis Eckard readily admits he had little understanding of how older adults were cared for at his very own medical center.

“You know the biggest surprise?” asks Eckard, a physical therapist. “The lack of attention they got. Our capacity to serve this population was very small.”

That was five years ago.

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End of Life Scare

April 20, 2016

by Matt Perry

Hoping to spur dialogue about end of life care with patients, the federal government this year began reimbursing doctors for starting – and continuing – conversations about dying.

But there’s just one problem. Many doctors are afraid to talk about death.

In January, the national Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services – which oversees regulations and payment for older adults, the disabled and poor – began reimbursing doctors and other healthcare professionals for discussing advanced directives and end of life care with all elderly patients – not just those close to death.

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California Schools Don’t Provide Mental Health Services to 580,000 Kids in Need, Report Finds

April 20, 2016

By Hannah Guzik 

California’s public schools receive more than $400 million each year to provide mental health services to students, but at least 580,000 kids in the state have been left without help, a new report finds.

The report, from three children’s advocacy organizations, found that many school districts haven’t even adequately identified the students who need mental health services.

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Cost Deters Many Uninsured Californians

April 19, 2016

By Hannah Guzik 

The perceived steep cost of health insurance deterred nearly half of Californians who went without coverage in 2014, a new study reports.

Roughly two-thirds of the state’s uninsured in 2014 were actually eligible for coverage, but many did not enroll because they believed it would cost too much, according to researchers from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education.

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Feds Give Public Hospitals Financial Incentives to Care for the Uninsured

April 18, 2016
Feds Give Public Hospitals Financial Incentives to Care for the Uninsured

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By Lynn Graebner

Eva, an undocumented immigrant and single mother in Bakersfield who harvests grapes to support her three children, suffered from daily hemorrhaging for eight months after delivering her third child. A physician at a federally-funded community clinic sent her to the hospital to get a biopsy for a uterine growth.

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For employers, investments in caregivers pay for themselves

April 17, 2016

by Matt Perry

The “Sandwich Generation” has it tough. Not only are these Baby Boom parents raising kids, they’re also caring for aging relatives who demand more of their time: dressing, feeding or transporting them to doctor’s appointments.

All of this while trying to work in an office – often full-time.

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Do Central Valley Hospitals Earn Their Nonprofit Tax Breaks?

April 11, 2016

By Hannah Guzik

Major Central Valley hospitals don’t report enough data to determine whether they earn the extensive tax breaks they get for operating as nonprofits, according to a study released Monday.

“These hospitals get a whopping tax break because they’re supposed to benefit the community as not-for-profits, but the data they report is so sketchy that we truly don’t know if they earn those tax breaks,” said lead author Kerry Sakimoto, health policy fellow at The Greenlining Institute, which conducted the study.

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Exposure to Trauma & Chronic Adversity Can Be Life-Threatening for Our Children

April 11, 2016

By Alex M. Johnson

California is facing a public health crisis – children’s exposure to trauma and chronic adversity.

A growing body of research shows that exposure to trauma harms children’s developing brains so much that the effects show up decades later in the form of poor health and the perpetuation of violence and poverty.

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