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Postcard From Sacramento

Newsom: To Fix Homelessness, California Must Fix Mental Health

California Gov. Gavin Newsom dedicated nearly all of his State of the State address Wednesday to homelessness. To fix that problem, he said, the state must address another one: mental health care.

Listen: Missouri Efforts Show How Hard It Is To Treat Pain Without Opioids

KHN Midwest correspondent Lauren Weber was interviewed by KBIA’s Sebastián Martínez Valdivia to discuss the challenges Missouri faces in managing patients’ pain amid the opioid epidemic.

Podcast

KHN’s ‘What The Health?’: The Labor Pains Of ‘Medicare For All’

Organized labor is divided over whether to support “Medicare for All.” Meanwhile, many of the Democratic presidential candidates seem unable to use the health issue to their advantage. Rebecca Adams of CQ Roll Call, Jennifer Haberkorn of the Los Angeles Times and Alice Miranda Ollstein of Politico join KHN’s Julie Rovner to discuss this and more. Also, for extra credit, the panelists offer their favorite health policy stories of the week they think you should read, too.

KHN & PolitiFact HealthCheck

Scalpels Out: Democrats Make Slashing Attacks On Health Care Plans

Candidates’ tough health policy talk strayed far from hope for unity.

KHN & PolitiFact HealthCheck

Obamacare A Disgrace? Biden Highlights Bloomberg’s Negative Remarks About The ACA

There was a time when Bloomberg’s criticism was consistent.

In Tornado Alley, Storms Are Even More Dangerous For People With Disabilities

As climate change bears down, a haphazard web of weather safeguards is a particular blow to the disabled. In Oklahoma, no state laws require homeowners or landlords to install storm shelters. If a community wants to open a storm shelter for the public, that's up to local officials, But there's no database that Oklahomans can consult showing where public or wheelchair-accessible shelters are located.

Surge In Enrollment As Californians Avoid Penalty, Receive State Aid

Although a new state tax penalty and state financial aid motivated people to sign up for health insurance this year, Covered California is reopening enrollment for those who said they weren’t aware of them.

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Photo Essay

Finding Connections And Comfort At The Local Cafe

For Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers, social and emotional isolation is a threat. But hundreds of “Memory Cafes” around the country offer them a chance to be with others who understand, and to receive social and cognitive stimulation in the process.

‘The Caltrans Shuffle’

Homeless Californians adapt to camp sweeps.

Look Up Your California Hospital

Is it being penalized by Medicare?

In-Home Teeth-Straightening Business

But critics worry about what happens if the treatment goes wrong.

Virus Outbreak

When it comes to the new coronavirus, just who is a "close contact"?

Air Ambulance Bills

A new state law limits what consumers owe if they’re transported by an air ambulance that’s not part of their insurance network.

'Health Care For All'

Defining the debate on health care coverage.

Hospital Alarms Torment Patients

“I feel like I’m in jail."

Asking Never Hurts

Asking Never Hurts

Good rehab is hard to find.

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California Bike Fatalities Hit 25-Year High

More than 450 cyclists died in traffic accidents in California from 2016 through 2018, marking the highest three-year death rate in 25 years. Among the factors at play: more cars on roads, distracted driving and a pronounced consumer shift toward SUVs.

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