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'A Persistent Puzzle': Californians Embrace Medicaid — But Food Stamps? Not So Much.

Millions of low-income Californians eligible for food stamps are not receiving the benefit, earning the state one of the lowest rankings in the nation for its participation in the program. 1,033 more words

Medi-Cal

‘Rapid Autopsy’ Programs Seek Clues To Cancer Within Hours Of Death

After Keith Beck died of bile duct cancer last year, family members said more than 900 people showed up to pay respects to the popular athletic director at the University of Findlay in northwestern Ohio. 933 more words

Public Health

Hospitals Lure Diabetes Patients With Self-Care Courses, But Costs Weigh Heavily

When a routine physical revealed mildly elevated blood-sugar levels, Michael Phillips was strongly encouraged to sign up for a diabetes self-management class.

Phillips never asked about the cost of the two half-day sessions he attended in a conference room at St. 1,149 more words

Public Health

Charlottesville’s High Health Plan Premiums Give Rise To Activism — And Unconventional Solutions

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — When Garnett and Dave Mellen sent their 19-year-old daughter, Gita, off to college an hour away at Virginia Commonwealth University last fall, they didn’t expect to follow her. 1,533 more words

Insurance

4 New Ways You Can Avoid Fines For Not Having Health Insurance

There are already more than a dozen reasons people can use to avoid paying the penalty for not having health insurance. Now the federal government has… 977 more words

Insurance

Texas Disability Groups Want A Voice At The Table In Gun Debate

A disability rights group in Texas sent out a survey last month, trying to figure out how many of its members became disabled due to gun violence. 694 more words

Public Health

Study: Nearly Three-Quarters Of Commonly Used Medical Scopes Tainted By Bacteria

In an ominous sign for patient safety, 71 percent of reusable medical scopes deemed ready for use on patients tested positive for bacteria at three major U.S. 1,140 more words

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