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How the Affordable Care Act Has Helped Seniors in Chinatown

August 17, 2017
How the Affordable Care Act Has Helped Seniors in Chinatown By Jessica Portner The Chinatown Service Center is the largest community-based Chinese-American health and human service organization in Southern California, serving immigrants, refugees and others in need of assistance. The center, which largely serves those who have nowhere else to go, would not be a robust social or medical refuge if it were not for the Affordable Care Act. 

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Sextortion, a Newer Social Media Threat, is Difficult to Track

August 16, 2017
Sextortion, a Newer Social Media Threat, is Difficult to Track By Linda Childers Sextortion has a definition -- it's a form of online blackmail in which explicit images are used to extort either money, additional photos or sexual favors from victims -- but there is no specific law to prosecute the crime.   

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Environmentalists, Teachers Oppose Proposed State Pesticide Regulations

August 15, 2017
Environmentalists, Teachers Oppose Proposed State Pesticide Regulations By Jeff Mitchell The state has proposed protections for schools in rural areas for the first time. Yet the new regulations, slated to go into effect in January 2018, don't go far enough, according to teachers and environmental groups.

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California’s ERs Treat Large Number of Opioid Cases Involving Seniors

August 14, 2017
California’s ERs Treat Large Number of Opioid Cases Involving Seniors By Ron Shinkman Originally prescribed opioids for foot pain, 67-year-old veteran nurse George Ates eventually found himself on a fentanyl patch that would swiftly kill someone who hadn’t built up a high tolerance to opioids. On the surface, Ates appears to be another of the millions of Americans caught up in the nation’s epidemic of opioid drug use. While one may think of the phenomenon as on that has mostly swept up younger adults, Ates’ struggles are actually commonplace at California’s hospitals.

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California Legislature Considers—Again—Bill to Help Poor Families Afford their Babies’ Diapers

August 11, 2017
California Legislature Considers—Again—Bill to Help Poor Families Afford their Babies’ Diapers By Fran Kritz Add diapers to the list of needs low-income families hope the state legislature and Governor Jerry Brown will fund this year. For the third time since 2014, the legislature is considering a bill that would cover some of the monthly cost.

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Nowhere to Turn: California Children with Mental Illness Often End Up in ERs that Aren’t Equipped to Treat Them

August 10, 2017
Nowhere to Turn: California Children with Mental Illness Often End Up in ERs that Aren’t Equipped to Treat Them By Chris Anna Mink Emergency rooms are chaotic, noisy and not staffed to care for children with acute mental health needs. Yet, every year nearly 13% of ER visits are due to mental health disorders – more than any other type of illness. 

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Returning from a Midlife MS Diagnosis — On a Bike

August 7, 2017
After her Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis in 2007, Julie Williams decided to commute to work on a bike to improve her health. She quickly found it improved her physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

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Amidst Health Policy Turmoil, Covered California Announces 12.5% Rate Increase

August 2, 2017
Amidst Health Policy Turmoil, Covered California Announces 12.5% Rate Increase By Ron Shinkman Amidst great uncertainty about federal health policy, Covered California announced Tuesday that insurance premiums on the state-run exchange will rise on average 12.5 percent next year, an increase that is slightly lower than in 2017. The agency said it also has a containment plan should the Trump administration cease to provide cost-sharing subsidies for lower-income exchange enrollees.

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