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While the facilities can offer aging Americans peace of mind as they navigate the challenges of medical care and the need for help, but some residents say the contracts that come with the places and the lack of freedom make them feel helpless.
Between now and 2026, the number of Californians 65 and older is expected to climb by 2.1 million, and the number of Californians younger than 25 will grow by a mere 2,500.
All businesses in San Francisco with more than 20 employees are required to set aside money for their workers’ health care to help pay for the city’s program that provides coverage for low-income residents.
Although the specific disorder the researchers are looking at is an orphan disease, researchers will be able to start to learn more about cell growth, cell degeneration, cancers, plaques, proteins and healthy aging by studying it.
The improvement in access to palliative care may in part be attributed to a new law, which took effect in January, making California the first state in the nation to make palliative care part of the services provided under a Medicaid managed care plan.
The state’s law allowing medical aid-in-dying for terminal patients is on hold for at least another month. A judge refused a stay on his ruling that the measure was illegally passed during a special session of the Legislature. With appeals underway, the uncertainty leaves many questions for the medical community.
Media outlets also report on California STD rates, the changing zeitgeist about the dangers of mothers sleeping with their infants and how barbershops may offer a teaching opportunity regarding heart disease, among other topics.
A court overturned California’s two-year-old physician-assisted suicide law, though a stay is in place. In other news, a loosely linked movement questions how, why and when we die, as well what constitutes a “good death.”
The nursing homes, they know the system and they really game it to where they maximize their advantage,” said Tony Chicotel, a lawyer at California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform, a nonprofit group. Federal regulators are seeking ways to step up enforcement on discharge laws.
States are supposed to keep track of cases involving the abuse, neglect, exploitation or unexplained death of Medicaid beneficiaries in assisted living facilities. But a report from the Government Accountability Office said more than half of the states were unable to provide information on the number or nature of such cases.