Blacks Missing Out on ‘Obamacare’ Savings

According to the AJS report, more than 40 percent of Black enrollees and more than half of White enrollees didn’t know which services were covered under their health plans and which services they would pay for out-of-pocket. (Stock Image)

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Even as health care costs continue to cause concerns for the poor, nearly 40 percent African Americans and about half of Whites didn’t know that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) can help those that need it the most to cover some of those costs. According to the new report by the Alliance […]

CHET HEWITT & WENDY PETKO: Frightening Local Black Child Death Rate

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OPINION -In 2009, the Sacramento County Child Death Review Team found that in Sacramento County African American children die at twice the rate of other children. Appropriately, this news was cause for considerable alarm. Perhaps even more disturbing was the recognition that a significant disparity in African American child death rates has persisted in Sacramento […]

RUDOLPH LONCKE: Courts could do more to save our children

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OPINION – As an African American judge, now retired, I bring the perspective of a member of the judiciary to the Steering Committee on the Reduction of African American Child Deaths (RAACD). Working within a system that has been afflicted with bias against African Americans and other minorities, it has been my life’s work to […]

ALICE BANKS: Education is the key to saving lives

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OPINION – I am a single parent, raising five children here in Del Paso Heights. As a registered nurse, I have worked in various capacities in Sacramento. In all of the areas that I have worked, I have taken care of children. I see the situation of poor, uneducated, stressed out, homeless individuals, trying to […]

California Dental Association Foundation offers free dental care

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SACRAMENTO – The California Dental Association Foundation (CDA) is offering free dental care to those who need it on Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28. CDA Cares-Sacramento will be held at Cal Expo-Building D, 1600 Exposition Drive. Services offered include cleaning, fillings, extractions, temporary partial dentures, dentures, and health education. Participants can also get […]

What is Your Obesity Costing You?

From dollar amount to intangibles, M.D. says condition is a ubiquitous factor in life

(NNPA) – Sometimes celebrities or otherwise physically fit people will put on a fat suit and document their experience with a video camera, usually to be aired on a daytime talk show. The overall impression is universal: Being severely overweight is taxing on almost every level, says Dr. Eleazar Kadile, who specializes in treating patients […]

Susan G. Komen offers free mammograms

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SACRAMENTO – A free mammogram screening will be held on Saturday, April 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Planned Parenthood, located at 201 29th Street, Suite B, courtesy of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Participants must be uninsured or underinsured, age 40 or over, low income, and have not had a mammogram in […]

Black Women Endure Menopause Longest

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WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Sarah Finney, 57, said she gets hot flashes throughout her body at least once an hour. She even wakes up in the night with so much perspiration that she looks like she just left working out at a gym, she said. “Hot flashes are very annoying,” said Finney, a married mother of […]

California Offers April 30 Health Insurance Sign-up Extension for Uninsured

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SACRAMENTO (AP) – California will offer a special extension to buy health insurance through the state exchange for people who say they weren’t aware they would face a tax penalty for being uninsured. Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee announced the extension until April 30. He said Friday that as many as 600,000 residents may […]

California’s Medi-Cal program for poor grows to 12 million

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SACRAMENTO (AP) – Since California embraced the federal health care overhaul, the state’s Medicaid program for the poor has added more than 2.7 million people, a surprisingly high number that has left the state to grapple with making sure there are enough doctors to care for all of them. Medi-Cal, the $95 billion joint federal-state […]