Under health reform, millions of Californians will have new insurance options. Those looking to buy individual plans — and those looking to get a little help from the federal government to pay for those plans — will be able to use the state’s online marketplace, Covered California. More low-income residents will quality for the safety-net plan Medi-Cal. But shut out altogether are the state’s undocumented immigrants.
We all know air pollution is not great for your health, but two new studies this week stressed just how bad it can be for children, infants and the developing fetus. Exposure to air pollution at a young age, these studies showed, can lead to an array of long-lasting health problems, including asthma and autism. It’s not just that polluted air can, say, trigger asthma attacks. Now, researchers are finding that exposure to air pollution may actually cause some diseases. âWeâre discovering some of the long-term effects of this air pollution: things like lung development in kids,â said Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association. Continue reading
If you don’t have a child with autism, you might not know about Applied Behavioral Analysis. ABA is widely regarded as a necessary and effective treatment. Now many poor children will lose access to this therapy under deals reached in Sacramento last week. Meanwhile, other kids — including those who become insured under the state’s new Obamacare marketplace — may well continue to have access to this therapy. Here’s the background: under the Affordable Care Act, states can expand Medicaid, called Medi-Cal in California. People will incomes up to 138 percent of poverty will be eligible. Last week, as the legislature and the administration were wrapping up the state’s budget, the legislature was simultaneously moving forward on final bills to implement the Medi-Cal expansion. Continue reading