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Medical Debt In California On The Rise
2012-02-07 07:20:58

Hard hit by one of the worst recessions in nearly a century, hundreds of thousands of Californians lost insurance coverage across the state as employers shed jobs and the health plans that came with those jobs, according to a new report from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. Among the most alarming trends resulting from the so-called Great Recession: a significant jump in California's already high rate of residents with medical debt. In 2009, 2.6 million non-elderly...

2011-08-17 12:06:12

California's weak economy has voters cutting back on current expenses and largely unable to meet essential future ones, such as the cost of long-term care, according to a new poll from The SCAN Foundation and the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. The poll, in its second year, sought to better understand health and long-term care issues facing middle-aged voters, given the state's current economic crisis and the rising number of Californians older than 60, a figure that is projected to...

2010-09-14 23:28:49

Californians lead national trend to reassess seniors' economic needs; new data to be released today at state Capitol Data and research on what it really takes for seniors to make ends meet in each of California's 58 counties will be released today at the state Capitol in Sacramento. The release is the latest update of the Elder Economic Security Standard Index (Elder Index), a tool that measures the actual costs of basic necessities for older adults. The Elder Index is quickly replacing...

2010-05-14 11:58:46

Falling down is hazardous to a senior citizen's health, yet fewer than half of all seniors see a doctor after a fall. And those who don't seek medical attention are far less likely to engage in any of the six widely recommended activities "” such as a review of their medications or getting a cane or walker "” that might prevent repeated falls, according to a new policy brief from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. In the study, researchers, using data from the 2007...

2010-04-29 09:11:22

UCLA study find that lesbians, gays and bisexuals are at particularly high risk Nearly 4 million adults in California reported being a victim of physical or sexual violence at the hands of a spouse, companion or other intimate partner, according to a new policy brief from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. Of those victims, more than 1 million reported being forced to have sex by an intimate partner, the study found. Although reported incidences of intimate partner violence, or IPV,...

2010-04-21 10:00:00

LONG BEACH, Calif., April 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- California voters, regardless of their political party affiliation or income level, are worried about and feel unprepared for the costs of long-term care, according to a new poll from The SCAN Foundation and the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. Fifty-eight percent of registered California voters age 40 and older say they feel unprepared to pay for services if they could no longer care for themselves independently and needed...

2009-06-18 14:27:26

Costs are soaring even as state considers further cuts to care programs In Los Angeles County, being disabled can cost a year's income. That's because the annual cost of in-home care services for seniors living alone is now $319 more than this group's median income of $17,029. Combine long-term care expenses with other basic expenses, such as food and rent, and a Los Angeles senior living alone will need twice the median income to survive, according to new data released today by the UCLA...

2009-02-18 10:40:00

First state-level data show high acceptance rate of controversial vaccine Less than two years after the HPV vaccine was approved as a routine vaccination for girls aged 11 and older, one-quarter of California adolescent girls have started the series of shots that protect against human papillomavirus, which is strongly linked to cervical cancer. Additionally, a majority of teen girls, parents and young women in California say they would like to have the vaccine, according to a new policy brief...

2009-02-09 16:11:04

Research shows teens more likely to consume fast food, soda if parents do There may be a reason teenagers eat more burgers and fries than fruits and vegetables: their parents. In a new policy brief released today by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, researchers found that adolescents are more likely to eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day if their parents do. Contrarily, teens whose parents eat fast food or drink soda are more likely to do the same. Every day,...

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