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How Covered California’s Outreach to Latinos Is Falling Short

For starters, Spanish-speaking counselors are hard to come by. More of them are needed to address concerns of Latinos, who are wary of the health insurance system. Some are hesitant to sign up because they’re afraid undocumented family members will be discovered and then deported. Others aren’t sure it’s worth the money.

People like Larissa Bobadilla are trying to convince them that it’s okay.

Meditation Can Help Manage Anxiety, Depression and Pain

People are increasingly turning to mindfulness mediation to manage health issues, and meditation classes are being offered through schools and hospitals.

But doctors have questioned whether this ancient Eastern practice really offers measurable health benefits. A fresh review of the evidence should help sort that out.

Sonoma County Man Learns to Control Anger and Violence

Editor’s Note: Jon Wheeler used to have a difficult time controlling his anger in romantic relationships. As part of our occasional series, “What’s Your Story?” Wheeler shares how a group in Santa Rosa called Men Evolving Non-Violently, or M.E.N., helped him change his abusive behaviors. Now, he leads those same groups, helping other men who …

Living With Grace in a Nursing Home

I was very active. I did yoga. I did yoga for 40 years. I was in an exercise class that met every morning at quarter to 8. I drove the car for friends to go to the symphony in the city. I was the one who took someone’s walker and put it in the trunk. So when I fell it was unbelievable. I didn’t dream I would wind up in a wheelchair.

How California’s Mentally Ill Children Suffer — Few Hospital Beds Statewide

CORRECTION: Due to a reporting error, the original version of this story incorrectly identified John Muir Medical Center, Concord as the facility where Maria Ramirez’s granddaughter was taken. We regret that error.  The post has been edited so that it no longer contains the incorrect information. By Elaine Korry Maria Ramirez began caring for her …

Some With Canceled Insurance Happy About New Plans, Price

Barbara Neff of Santa Monica is one of the roughly 1 million Californians who recently got word that their health insurance coverage would be expiring soon. The canceled plans sparked a political firestorm as people realized President Barack Obama’s promise – “If you like your plan, you can keep it” — didn’t apply to everyone.

But Neff, a 46-year-old self-employed writer, isn’t outraged. She’s relieved. Even though she makes too much money to receive a subsidy to buy insurance under the Affordable Care Act, the policy cancellation was good news for her.

New ACA Fracas: Did the White House Know People Would Face Insurance Cancellations?

“if you like your health plan, you will be able to keep your health plan.”

That’s been President Obama’s talking point since 2009, before the Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010.

But millions of Americans are receiving notices of policies being cancelled, NBC reported on Monday night and — citing four unnamed sources “deeply involved in the Affordable Care Act” — further argued that the administration has known this would happen for the last three years.

A Daughter Struggles to Make Sense of PTSD

My dad suffered really badly from PTSD -– post-traumatic stress disorder. And that was due to the traumatic things that he had seen in the war and he never really sought proper treatment.

He just never seemed comfortable. He never seemed at peace. He always seemed like he was trying to relax and he could never fully relax.

San Francisco Breast Cancer Advocates Jubilant Over Supreme Court Human Genes Ruling

In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday morning that human genes are not patentable.

The case centered around Myriad Genetics, the holder of patents on two genes, BRCA 1 and BRCA 2. Some mutations of these genes are associated with an increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer. For women with a strong family history of these cancers, the only place they could be tested was Myriad Genetics, which sometimes charged more than $3,000 for the test.

Breast Cancer Action, an advocacy group based in San Francisco, was a plaintiff in the case and executive director Karuna Jagger sounded jubilant in a phone call Thursday morning.