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The Challenges Of Keeping Young Adults Safe During The Pandemic

A series of columns addressing the challenges consumers face in California’s health care landscape. Send questions to bwolfson@kff.org. Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). Last month, after California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered most of the state’s residents to stay home, I found myself under virtual house …

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Lawmaker Pushing Mental Health Reform: It’s ‘More Needed Than Ever’

Samantha Young SACRAMENTO — During the first week of school closures in San Jose, state Sen. Jim Beall’s office received more than a dozen phone calls from distressed parents and caregivers. The problem: They couldn’t get free lunches because school district rules required children be present to receive a meal. …

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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.(Heidi de Marco/KHN) LOS ANGELES — Doug and Connie Moore …

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5 Things To Know As California Starts Screening Children For Toxic Stress

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). Starting this year, routine pediatric visits for millions of California children could involve questions about touchy family topics, such as divorce, unstable housing or a parent who struggles with alcoholism. California now will pay doctors to screen patients for …

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California Attempts To Revive Compassionate Cannabis Programs

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). For years, Richard Manning knew what he needed to cope with his physical pain, rage and PTSD — much of which he traced to a career-ending knee injury he suffered while on a domestic security detail with the Marines. …

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Despite Quick Fixes, Kaiser Permanente Mental Health Care Still Lags

Editor’s note: Kaiser Health News is an editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation that is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente. OAKLAND, Calif. — After years of state sanctions and fines, Kaiser Permanente claims it has gone a long way toward improving its mental health care. The national managed-care …

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