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ACA repeal could be big blow to working poor

December 19, 2016

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.

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Why Alameda County Fails to “Get” Old

December 19, 2016
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 he has, and he’s been ineffective in his role.

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What’s in Your Shopping Cart?

December 18, 2016
What’s in Your Shopping Cart?

Luis Gregorio Ruiz and Dr. Maureen Villasenor discuss his purchases in an Anaheim grocery store. Photo: Jazley Faith Sendjaja

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.

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Adding Dental Services to Health Clinics Could Expand Access, Report Says

December 13, 2016
Only a quarter of young children enrolled in California’s low-income health program receive preventative dental care — a statistic that state officials and advocates are urgently trying to change. 

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L.A. Metro Moving Bar on Health

December 12, 2016
L.A. Metro Moving Bar on Health

By Jessica Portner

On the Sunday after Thanksgiving, a mass of people were bunched up together on an L.A. Metro Rail red line train that rumbled underground towards Downtown L.A. from Hollywood. Kids wriggled in strollers, an elderly man played the Los Angeles Times crossword, a couple held hands while clutching their coffee cups, and a sleepy passenger woke up and scurried out of the train car after the conductor announced the station stop.

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Marked Racial Disparities in Money Spent to Help Disabled

December 12, 2016
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.

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Worried by Concussions, Parents and Doctors Push for Safety in Children’s Sports

December 8, 2016
Worried by Concussions, Parents and Doctors Push for Safety in Children’s Sports As professional sports teams assess concussion rates, pediatricians are calling on parents and coaches to take a closer look at children’s participation in sports that frequently cause contact injuries.

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Teen Bullying Associated with Serious Psychological Distress, Study Finds

December 6, 2016

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.

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Why transit advocates are optimistic about the Trump era

December 5, 2016

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.

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

December 5, 2016
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.

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