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

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 […]

California lawmakers aim to limit vaccine exemptions

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California lawmakers proposed legislation Wednesday that would require parents to vaccinate all school children unless a child’s health is in danger, joining only two other states with such stringent restrictions. Parents could no longer cite personal beliefs or religious reasons to send unvaccinated children to private and public schools under a proposal […]

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: Reducing HIV Among African American Communities

OPINION – Like so many Americans, I have seen the tragedy first hand, of friends lost to HIV/AIDS. I’ve also seen the hope of those living with HIV as we continue to work toward an AIDS free generation. Each February 7, we mark National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD). It’s an opportunity for all of […]

California declares electronic cigarettes a health threat

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California health officials say electronic cigarettes are a health threat, especially to children, and should be strictly regulated like tobacco products. A report released Wednesday by the California Department of Public Health says e-cigarettes emit cancer-causing chemicals and get users hooked on nicotine. California Health Officer Ron Chapman says new generations of […]

Lawmakers pursue right-to-die for terminally ill California patients after high-profile death

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California lawmakers are pursuing right-to-die legislation after the highly publicized death of a young woman with brain cancer who moved to Oregon to legally end her life. The proposal would allow doctors to prescribe life-ending medication nearly a decade after similar legislation failed. Terminally ill patients can legally take their lives in […]

Sagging Pants of Today Could Hurry Hip Replacements of Tomorrow

ST. LOUIS (NNPA) – Some of the same activities and behaviors that can cause disease can cause health problems in your bones, joints and your neuromuscular system. “For every one pound of weight that you gain, you put three pounds of pressure on your knees; so the opposite of that is, for every pound that […]

Health Enrollment Numbers Up For 2015

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The first detailed analysis of enrollment into the Affordable Care Act – or Obamacare – has yielded good news, particularly for those who may require financial assistance. Officials at the Department of Health and Human Services in Southwest said 87 percent of those who selected 2015 plans through HealthCare.gov in the first […]

Mental Illness Concerns Arrive with Holidays

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The holiday season often arrives with high expectations for many who anticipate visits from family and friends and the precious gifts they’ll remember and cherish at least until next Christmas. But, for the approximately 28,000 District adults and children living with serious mental illness and the millions of others around the country, […]

Sacramento Hunger Coalition Invites You to Take on the 2014 CalFresh Challenge

SACRAMENTO – In an effort to raise community awareness and ignite action to combat the growing reality of wide-spread hunger in the Sacramento region, the Sacramento Hunger Coalition is encouraging everyone take the 2014 CalFresh Challenge this week, November 17-21, 2014. “Do you think you can eat nutritiously for under $5 per day? This week, […]

California Targets 1.7 million for Health Sign-ups

SACRAMENTO (AP) — After initial missteps caused a choppy start, California health care officials are betting that an upgraded website, more help and better Spanish-language outreach will result in a smoother and bigger second open enrollment season under the Affordable Care Act this year. Starting Saturday, Californians who don’t have access to health plans through […]