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Aid-In-Dying: Not So Easy

In June, California will become the fifth state to allow terminally ill patients to end their lives with prescriptions from their doctors, but getting those prescriptions will require serious effort.

Large Business, Or Small? Under Obamacare, Maybe You’re Both

Obamacare challenges aren’t over for businesses. Starting in January, companies employing 50 to 100 workers face complicated and seemingly contradictory new rules that will affect what kind of insurance they offer and how much they and their workers will pay for it. Wouldn’t you know it, one rule defines them as large businesses and another […]

On Medicare? Time To Pay Attention

More than 5 million Californians get their health insurance from Medicare, the federal health insurance program for people 65 and over, and for people under 65 who have certain disabilities. There’s a lot going on with Medicare right now. Premiums will rise next year for about one-third of its Part B enrollees. (I’ll help you decipher […]

Different Due Process For 2 Million On Medi-Cal

Ben Fallstead, 28, was diagnosed several years ago with babesiosis, a tick-borne disease that left him exhausted, wracked with fevers and chronic joint pain and unable to hold a job. After going through several antibiotics, his specialist prescribed one that brought him some relief. “I was just getting to the point where I felt semi-normal,” he […]

Choose Health Plan With More Than Pocketbook In Mind

If you’re not already in the midst of picking your health coverage for next year, you soon may be. If at all possible, please don’t base your decision solely on the cost of monthly premiums. Let’s say you have asthma. Out of 10 major Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) recently ranked in California, three received a […]