Author: Genevieve Bookwalter

Covered California Turns to Facebook to Reach the Masses

Dan Butler spent “days and days and days” calling for health insurance at the beginning of October, when he first could enroll in the new Affordable Care Act. When online technical glitches delayed the 55-year old, retired San Diego school bus driver from getting through, he took his frustrations to Facebook.

Acupuncturists expect surge in patients under Obamacare

Last fall, California listed acupuncture as an essential benefit that insurers must include in new plans when the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, known informally as Obamacare, takes effect Jan. 1. Like clinics and doctors offices, acupuncturists are preparing for a surge of patients taking advantage of their new benefits.

Preventing another Steubenville

“Coaching Boys Into Men” works with athletic coaches nationwide who then talk with their players — on the bus, in the weight room or during practice, among other places — about respect and healthy relationships, especially with the opposite sex.

Millions will remain uninsured after health care reform

Up to 10 percent of California’s 40 million residents will not have health insurance after national health care reform begins in 2014, according to new numbers released from University of California, Berkeley last week. And, contrary to popular belief, they won’t all be undocumented immigrants.

A gauge on a Kerman water tank shows the tank is nearly full.

Pending Chromium 6 limits worry small water company

Ken Moore brags about the water quality in Kerman, a Fresno County city of nearly 14,000 surrounded by farmland. While other Central Valley towns report infamous water problems with nitrates and chromium 6 contamination — issues that include infant deaths, birth defects and cancer — Kerman’s water only needs chlorine added to kill bacteria before it flows through city pipes, said Moore, Kerman’s Public Works Director.

Organics go mainstream at Fresno State

Fresno State, located in the heart of industrial farming country, finally embraces organic farming. Their students need knowledge of organics to compete for jobs – but their introduction of these classes coincides with big cuts to state colleges’ budgets. Will organic training survive the budget crunch?

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