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Public News Service - CA: Health

A new report recommends tripling the number of slots for infants and toddlers in state-subsidized child care. (Greg Gayne/Para Los Ninos)

OAKLAND, Calif. -- California may be a leader in many areas, but overall child well-being is not one of them, according to a new report. The latest Children's Report Card from the nonprofit Children Now gives California a grade of "C-minus" overall. The only "A" grade in the 16th semiannual analysi

California is the first state to extend health care benefits to income-eligible undocumented adults younger than age 26. (Cathy Yeulet/iStockphoto)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Starting tomorrow, all low-income Californians younger than age 26 who meet the income requirements will be able to sign up for health insurance under the Medi-Cal program, regardless of immigration status. The state estimates 138,000 young people will sign up - a small but si

New state subsidies are available on CoveredCA this year to make health insurance more affordable for 90% of families. (Pamela Moore/iStockphoto)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – This Sunday is the deadline for people to sign up for Covered California health insurance and have the coverage begin on Jan. 1. Starting in 2020, the state will require everyone to get coverage or pay a penalty. Rachel Linn Gish, director of communications for the adv

A new report warns the U.S. will continue to see a shortage of caregivers as the population ages and families are smaller. It says by 2030, there will be only four potential family caregivers for every person over age 80, compared to seven in 2010. (AARP)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Unpaid family caregivers in California volunteer 4 billion hours of their time, and perform work valued at $63 billion each year, according to a recent report from AARP. The Golden State, with almost 40 million residents, has 4.7 million caregivers who help adult friends

Legal aid groups say migrant parents of low-income U.S. citizen children should not be afraid to enroll them in programs such as Medi-Cal and CalFresh, as this will not affect green-card applications. (Kathy Yeulet/iStockphoto)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Immigrants' rights groups are working to calm fears in the migrant community – after a judge blocked President Donald Trump's changes to the public charge rules earlier this month. Those rules would have made it harder for people to get a green card or visa if they

Legislation passed in Sacramento this session includes bills to change the income threshold to allow more lower-income seniors to qualify for Medi-Cal. (liljoel/Morguefile)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – This has been a banner year for making health care more accessible and affordable in California, according to consumer and health advocacy groups. The open enrollment period for CoveredCA, which started this week, was expanded significantly – so people can now sign

The State of California is working toward a more livable, walkable, age-friendly future. (AARP California)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – By 2030, California’s over-65 population will grow by four million – and a bill just signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom should help the state plan for this demographic shift. Assembly Bill 1118, from Assemblymember Blanca Rubio, instructs the state to sign onto AARP

The Federal Trade Commission estimates Americans pay at least $3.5 billion more per year for brand-name drugs because generic companies take money to hold back their inventions. (AARP)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Groups that advocate for seniors are urging Gov. Gavin Newsom to sign a bill that is designed to lower the cost of prescription drugs. Assembly Bill 824 would deter drug companies from making so-called pay for delay deals in which generic companies agree to keep their pr

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