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The Young Invincibles: A Key to Obamacare Success

Now that Obamacare is underway, what happened with the much-discussed demographic group known as the “young invincibles”? You might be surprised.

At last, the legislature funds a state dental director

Dentists in California, and their patients, are on the cusp of a major breakthrough. The legislature has included money in the state budget for a state dental director, a top priority of the California Dental Association.

Can 3 million newly insured fit into current system?

California’s resounding success in enrolling residents in Obamacare health insurance policies and expanded Medi-Cal coverage—a total of nearly 3 million people—is bumping up against the next Big Question: can these new enrollees use their insurance...

From the real "Silicon Valley," crowdsourcing a medical diagnosis

My new guilty pleasure is “Silicon Valley,” the HBO series in which everyone from a billionaire mogul, to an ER doctor, to a BevMo clerk, is hawking a tech pro

A garden in Pasadena's "food desert" may help battle diabetes

The deck is stacked against many young Californians when it comes to diabetes.

A singer's Obamacare lament

When we last spoke with leukemia patient Carol Kroger, she had resolved to apply for the state-run health reform exchange Covered California, hoping to escape the rising premiums of her private plan.

Is another epidemic coming?

Is another infectious disease about to run rampant in California?

A "Dreamers" chance at Obamacare

Despite persistent claims that Obamacare provides health insurance to undocumented immigrants, an estimated 1 million of them in California and

California Assembly favors better dental care for poor children -- and something else

The California Assembly last month voted overwhelmingly to support the Virtual Dental Home. The bill is now in Senate committee. What kind of program gets such strong support from both sides of the aisle?  

Journalism steps up

It’s not often that I yearn to see our state Legislature in action, but I was drawn to tune in to cable Tuesday morning to watch the Human Services Committee Joint Legislative Hearing.
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Other Articles

Big bills lurk in specialty drug category

It used to be that your health plan’s annual out-of-pocket maximum was more like the safety net under a high wire: You sure were glad it was...

Medi-Cal renewals: Another backlog on horizon?

Let’s start with some good news (because everything is relative): The backlog of Medi-Cal applications that I called “monumental”...

For diabetics, the best doctor may be a pharmacist

This article first appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle BAKERSFIELD --Elba Santos, 63, rolled up her black trousers so Ryan Gates could examine...
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