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Coverage Lifeline

Impact of "Coverage Lifeline"

“Coverage Lifeline" was published June 11 and 12, 2010, in the Contra Costa Times, Oakland Tribune and other newspapers in MediaNews’ Bay Area News Group.

Small businesses grapple

Impact of "Small Businesses"

“Small Business Health Insurance Rates Soar.” Published June 7, 2010, in the Ventura County Star.  This story focused on rate increases, in some cases as high as 75 percent, to small business health insurance plans.

Houses of Blues

Impact of "Houses of Blues"

“Houses of Blues,” a two-part series running in the Merced Sun-Star Jan. 28 and 30, 2010, provided one of the first in-depth portrayals of the mental health effects of the California foreclosure crisis. The 12-story project delved into how homeowners fearful of losing their homes were suffering depression, anxiety and sleeplessness in a county ranked first in foreclosures in California and sixth nationwide.
Burning issue

Impact of "Burning Issue"

“A Burning Issue” was published over four days starting May 13, 2010, in the Chico Enterprise-Record and the Oroville Mercury Register, MediaNews dailies at the northern reach of the Central Valley.
Uninsured kids

Impact of "Uninsured Kids"

“Uninsured Kids: Wakeup Call” was a three-day series of 14 stories published in the Santa Cruz Sentinel on Jan.

Burning issue

Impact of "Burning Issue"

“A Burning Issue” was published over four days starting May 13, 2010, in the Chico Enterprise-Record and the Oroville Mercury Register, MediaNews dailies at the northern reach of the Central Valley.  The 29-story series scrutinize

Medicare

Impact of "Medicare"

“Medicare: Collision in Care,” published Feb. 20, 2009, in the Santa Cruz Sentinel, examined the extreme shortage of doctors willing to take on Medicare patients in Santa Cruz County. In the aftermath of the series, local Congressman Sam Farr persuaded House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to appoint a committee to look into Medicare reimbursement rates.
Sowing hope

Impact of "Sowing Hope"

“Sowing Hope,” the first project launched by the Center’s pilot project, ran Dec. 3, 5 and 6, 2008, in the Merced Sun-Star, a McClatchy daily newspaper in the San Joaquin Valley.

Fire

Impact of "Fire"

“Fire: A Way Forward,” published April 19, 2009, in the Redding Record Searchlight, examined the way the U.S. Forest Service battle forest fires, and concluded that new techniques could make an air quality difference for nearby communities.
Burning issue

Ozone the other pollution: Cars, trucks are culprits

The biggest contributors to air pollution in Butte County are cars and trucks. But they're minor players when it comes to the winter particulate pollution problem, according to air pollution officials.
Medicare testing ground

Medicare Contact Information

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Medicare testing ground

Area congressional delegation weighs in on Medicare plan

Medicare's attempt to control costs by choosing its medical equipment vendors through competitive bidding has come under criticism by some Inland Empire members of Congress.

Burning issue

The experts speak about wood smoke...

The Enterprise-Record asked physicians, research scientists and other experts in Chico and nationwide how tiny particles and other ingredients of wood smoke may affect people's health. Their responses:

Burning issue

Ordinance would limit use of non-EPA-certified stoves

The city of Chico's proposed wood-burning ordinance is based on the air pollution control rule that was rejected by the Butte County Air Quality Management District's board last September.

Burning issue

Chico hourly particulate levels for five days in December

During the period of Dec. 7-11, 2009, the device recorded spikes, shown on the chart above, that are one reason residential wood burning is assessed the bulk of the blame for Chico's particulate problem. If the pollution were caused by traffic or agricultural burns, levels would be higher during the day, when burns are conducted and there's more traffic.
Houses of Blues

Problems can start small and pile on quickly

Elizabeth Morrison, clinical director of behavioral health at Golden Valley Health Centers, sat down to answer a few questions about our community's foreclosure and mental health crises:

Houses of Blues

Where to find help

For health issues:

If you are in crisis, or worried about a relative or friend, please seek help immediately:

- Call 911

Houses of Blues

Know the signs

Someone who is depressed has feelings of sadness or anxiety that last for weeks at a time, according to the Centers for Disease Control. He or she may also experience:

- Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism

Uninsured kids

As we see it, keep children healthy

The economic uncertainty faced by many Americans is having a stark readout locally for many children.

Medicare

Nurse practitioners, physicians assistants help provide primary care

Doctors aren't alone in providing primary care to patients. Increasingly, nurse practitioners and physician assistants have been sharing the workload.

Medicare

Lower reimbursements force specialist to expand Santa Cruz practice to San Jose

SANTA CRUZ -- Dr. Nicholas Abidi moved west because his family wanted to be closer to his in-laws.

Medicare

ER doc: 'We're the safety net for everyone"

SANTA CRUZ -- When Dr. Tony Musielewicz walks through Dominican Hospital's emergency room, he muses that it often "looks like a nursing home."

Medicare

Choosing Medicare coverage can be tricky

You've turned 65 and you're going to enroll in Medicare. Not so fast. The questions seem unending; the answers sometimes unclear. Do you want original Medicare or the Medicare Advantage Plan? How about prescription coverage?

Diabetes in the Central Valley

Health programs try to slow progression of diabetes

At the Visalia Oak Health Center, doctors know all about diabetic patients even before examining them. A computer tracking system alerts doctors to a patient's health needs. They know if the patient is due for a foot exam to check for nerve damage, an eye test to look at blood vessels or laboratory work to measure blood-glucose levels.
Diabetes in the Central Valley

Central Valley hard-hit by diabetes epidemic

Every week in the San Joaquin Valley, at least 19 people die of diabetes - and the death toll is rising. The disease has reached epidemic proportions nationwide, but few places are as stricken as the Valley's eight counties, from San Joaquin to Kern. Nowhere in California are people more likely to die of diabetes than here.

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