Month: December 2016

ACA repeal could be big blow to working poor

By Daniel Weintraub California probably gained more than any other state from the Affordable Care Act, the federal health reform better known as Obamacare. Now, with the program facing almost certain demise, the state and its low-income residents have the most to lose. President-elect Donald Trump and his Republican allies in Congress have pledged to repeal Obamacare and then replace it with something better. No

Why Alameda County Fails to “Get” Old

By Matt Perry Aging services in California are often hamstrung by dysfunction and uninspired leadership. To understand the problem, look no further than Alameda County’s top aging official. Just as Alameda County begins to dive head first into the true challenges of aging, Randy Morris recently spoke aloud what public officials rarely admit, certainly not to an audience of peers: He never wanted the job

What’s in Your Shopping Cart?

Turning Around Orange County’s Persistent Disparities By Amy DePaul Having just bought a dozen or so quart-bottles of sports drinks – a riot of reds, yellows and blues wedged in the front of his shopping cart — Luis Gregorio Ruiz almost made it out of an Anaheim grocery store on a recent morning. But not quite. Maureen Villasenor, a physician in a white coat with

L.A. Metro Moving Bar on Health

L.A. is on the road toward a transportation revolution. It’s been a slow start but with a new, well-utilized Expo Rail line extension stretching from Downtown L.A. to the beach and more lines under construction, many of L.A.’s famously car-loving citizens are navigating in new ways.

Marked Racial Disparities in Money Spent to Help Disabled

  By Chris Richard Four years after California legislators vowed to eliminate racially and ethnically-linked disparities in spending on services to the developmentally disabled, funding gaps persist, records show. The state’s 21 “regional centers,” nonprofit organizations tasked with providing services for people with developmental disabilities, consistently spend less on Latinos than on whites, African-Americans or Asians. Although there are exceptions, whites regularly receive the highest

Teen Bullying Associated with Serious Psychological Distress, Study Finds

By Hannah Guzik Nearly a third of California teens who were bullied later report serious psychological distress, a new study has found. About 30 percent of California teens who were victims of bullying reported that they were depressed, anxious or had other serious psychological distress in the months after, according to the report, published in the peer-reviewed California Journal of Health Promotion in October. Researchers

Why transit advocates are optimistic about the Trump era

By Daniel Weintraub In the days following Donald Trump’s election as president, progressive activists on a number of issues – from health care to education and the environment – said they were preparing to fight against an expected attempt to roll back everything they’d worked so hard to achieve during the Obama Administration. But at a post-election gathering in Sacramento of transportation policy experts from

Man Out of Time: Ron Robinson and San Mateo’s Senior Care Center

By Matt Perry Ron Robinson was ahead of his time. As California struggles to implement the Coordinated Care Initiative to improve the health of some of its most expensive patients – “dual eligibles” who qualify for both Medicare and Medi-Cal — Robinson recalls similar efforts in San Mateo County two decades ago. “We were trying to do that back in the 90’s,” says Robinson, a

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