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Judging income, and tax credits, can get messy

One year into Obamacare, many Californians are still confused about how their income will affect their coverage costs. As Emily Bazar recently reported, some consumers have had their plans canceled after reporting income changes to Covered...

Health Provider Survival Strategy: Get Bigger

Lots of federal money fuels the Affordable Care Act. But along with it comes new imperatives that effectively put local health plans and providers in a Darwinian struggle for solvency. And like many such struggles, getting bigger may be the fastest...

More Californians complain of plan cancellations

As Emily Bazar reported in a recent Ask Emily column, an untold number of people have been dropped from their Covered California health plans

Sponsors Withdraw Support of Bill Raising Fines on Assisted Living Homes

The two sponsors of a bill to increase fines imposed on assisted living homes in California withdrew their support Tuesday, following a behind-the-scenes revision of the legislation.

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.
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Stress case: What’s behind the increased demand for mental health counseling from SoCal college students?

On February 7, author Claudia Boyd-Barrett appeared on Southern California Public Radio's Air Talk with Larry Mantle to discuss her project about...

At some schools, mental health battle includes the Bible

This article originally appeared in the Orange County Register. All kinds of colleges are dealing with unprecedented student demand for mental health...

California colleges, like USC, are in the midst of a mental health care crisis. Can help come fast enough?

This article originally appeared in the Los Angeles Daily News. “Are you actually going to kill yourself?” Sociology Professor...
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