Month: April 2016

Mental Health Care Lacking for California Veterans

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. The study, released Wednesday, found that 90,000 California veterans

A Key to Health Equity in California is Diverse Physicians

  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. African American

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. Since then, Kern Medical in Bakersfield has made great strides after

End of Life Scare

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

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

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. “We are limiting too many

Cost Deters Many Uninsured Californians

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

Feds Give Public Hospitals Financial Incentives to Care for the Uninsured

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. But despite many trips to the emergency room to treat her symptoms, she

For employers, investments in caregivers pay for themselves

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. Sandwichers got some good news with the release of a report claiming that employers

Do Central Valley Hospitals Earn Their Nonprofit Tax Breaks?

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

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