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For Medi-Cal Patients Who Need Specialists or Mental Health Treatment, Where You Live Will Determine Your Access

July 26, 2017
For Medi-Cal Patients Who Need Specialists or Mental Health Treatment, Where You Live Will Determine Your Access

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By Hannah Guzik

 The California department that runs the state’s low-income health program released updated rules last week that spell out how far patients may need to travel to see a doctor.

Medi-Cal managed-care health plans, which cover more than a quarter of Californians, will be required to have primary-care doctors within 10 miles or 30 minutes from patients’ homes.

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Medi-Cal Discriminates Against Latinos, Harms Seniors Especially, Lawsuit Alleges

July 25, 2017
Medi-Cal Discriminates Against Latinos, Harms Seniors Especially, Lawsuit Alleges By Claudia Boyd-Barrett People who rely on Medi-Cal for their health insurance are finding it difficult to get critical care because the state’s reimbursement rates to doctors are unreasonably low, a new lawsuit alleges. While the problem affects all age groups, older Californians find it especially difficult to meet their specialized medical needs, attorneys involved in the lawsuit said.

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After the Hospital, New Center Offers Shelter to the Homeless

July 24, 2017
After the Hospital, New Center Offers Shelter to the Homeless Claudia Boyd-Barrett “You and I, when we leave the hospital if we were to be there for surgery or an ailment, we would go home and one of our loved ones would take care of us and we’d be able to recuperate and watch television,” said Kelly Bruno, Chief Executive Officer of the National Health Foundation. The homeless go back to the street.

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How Covered California Stood Up to Trump

July 19, 2017
How Covered California Stood Up to Trump By Ron Shinkman One of California’s most substantial voices to weigh in on the consequences of repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act wasn’t a consumer activist, politician or economist. It was the state’s health insurance exchange.

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For Those Who can Afford Them, Swimming Lessons Can Save the Lives of Children with Autism

July 18, 2017
For Those Who can Afford Them, Swimming Lessons Can Save the Lives of Children with Autism By Fran Kritz Children on the autism spectrum are at far higher risk of drowning than other children, but both the cost of swimming lessons and the fact that there are too few specialized swim instructors make it difficult for many children with autism to learn to swim.

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Revised Senate Health Care Proposal Still Slashes Funds to Medicaid

July 14, 2017
Revised Senate Health Care Proposal Still Slashes Funds to Medicaid By Lisa Renner Though the Senate Republicans’ revised health bill includes additional funding compared to the previous version, health advocates say it would still have a devastating effect on low-income Californians.

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Study: Preparing for Affordable Care Act Meant Better Care for Patients in California

July 13, 2017
Study: Preparing for Affordable Care Act Meant Better Care for Patients in California By Ron Shinkman California is one of several states that prepared for health care reform for years before the Affordable Care Act rolled out in 2014. A new study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research suggest that the early rollout has had some striking results.

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Proposed Medi-Cal Rules Offer Rural Residents Less Access to Specialists and Mental Health Care

July 13, 2017
Proposed Medi-Cal Rules Offer Rural Residents Less Access to Specialists and Mental Health Care By Hannah Guzik Should patients in rural California have to drive four times as far to see a neurologist as someone who lives in Los Angeles? Should your access to health care depend on your zip code?

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Rising Temperatures Will Put Seniors at Risk, Experts Predict

July 11, 2017
Rising Temperatures Will Put Seniors at Risk, Experts Predict By Claudia Boyd-Barrett The future is hot, and seniors, who are more prone to heat stress than younger adults, will be among those most affected by rising temperatures. With the over-65 population projected to expand rapidly in the coming decades, the accompanying hotter weather could place an enormous burden on emergency and health care infrastructure.

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Bullying is Prevalent in Senior Living Facilities, Contributing to Depression

July 10, 2017
Bullying is Prevalent in Senior Living Facilities, Contributing to Depression By Kellie Schmitt Research has found that about 20 percent of people in senior care facilities have experienced antagonistic behaviors nationwide. As older adults face aging—and the mental and physical losses it brings—bullies try to assert control, just like their middle-school counterparts.

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