California Endowment Invests $2 Million in Healthcare Outreach to Black Californians

(CBM) – The California Endowment is investing $2 million in the Golden State’s Black communities. The private Los Angeles-based organization that focuses on health and health equity announced the donation at an event organized to increase healthcare awareness and insurance registration among African Americans across the state. Endowment President and CEO, Dr. Robert K. Ross […]

Health law reporting extension issued for employers

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department on Monday gave employers an extension of critical reporting requirements, as it seeks to manage some of the most complicated parts of the federal health care law. Employers had previously faced deadlines in February and March to report 2015 health insurance information to their employees, and also to the […]

Covered California Extends Enrollment Deadline for Jan 1 Coverage

  SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Due to very high demand for health insurance through Covered California, the deadline to enroll for coverage starting Jan. 1 will be extended until Dec. 17 to accommodate the surge in interest. The Service Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Dec. 16 and Dec. 17. “The […]

New HIV infections in gay Black men may be leveling off

NEW YORK (AP) — New HIV infections in gay Black men may finally be leveling off, health officials reported Sunday. Overall, new cases of HIV have been falling in the United States, while the number has been growing in gay and bisexual Black men. The AIDS virus is far more common in that group. But […]

Grocery chains leave food deserts barren

EATONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — As part of Michelle Obama’s healthy eating initiative, a group of major food retailers promised in 2011 to open or expand 1,500 grocery or convenience stores in and around neighborhoods with no supermarkets by 2016. By their own count, they’re far short. Moreover, an analysis of federal food stamp data by […]

Food Challenge Tests When Children Outgrow Food Allergy

(NNPA) – Starting kindergarten marked new beginnings for Joy Haire and her parents, Will and Lisa Haire. Just before the school year started, through a Food Challenge, Joy’s doctor determined she outgrew the serious and potentially life-threatening dairy allergy that surfaced a few weeks before her first birthday. Food allergy is an immune system response. The […]

California Targets African Americans And Latinos In New Round Of “Obamacare”

(CBM) – Covered California still faces major challenges in enrolling African Americans and Latinos as the state’s health insurance exchange launched its third open enrollment period Nov. 1. “We know we’ve come up short in who’s enrolled today,” Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee said at a recent media briefing on the exchange’s marketing and […]

Leader Sharing Mission Toward Health Equity

SACRAMENTO – He tweets under the name “#ebonygenius” and while he doesn’t claim to have all the answers, members of the community are taking notice of Jahmal Miller’s knowledge and efforts to address core issues impacting their health and well-being. Miller, who serves as Deputy Director of the Office of Health Equity (OHE) at the […]

Ancient Medicine May Offer a New Hope

(NNPA) – The Meridian System, a foundation principle of ancient and traditional Chinese medicine; and, the essence of Acupuncture therapy, seems to have earned its place as a credible and important concept in western medicine. Ancient Chinese believed the Meridian System runs throughout the human body carrying energy (QI). It is this system that Acupuncturists […]

Straight Black Men Sidelined in AIDS Fight

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Heterosexual Black men were largely invisible at the 2015 United States Conference on AIDS last week, a long-term absence that will continue to impact the future of the AIDS epidemic in the Black community. One in 16 Black men will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime, compared to 1 in 102 […]