New law will expand mental health services for low-income Californians

Legislation recently signed by Gov. Jerry Brown will allow about 1,000 clinics statewide to bill Medi-Cal for treatment by marriage and family counselors, deepening the pool of mental health providers.

California won’t extend parental leave rights to small businesses

Aiming to attract and keep top-notch talent, a growing number of companies are dangling family-friendly perks such as lengthy paid leave for new moms and dads, back-up child care and onsite infant vaccines. But the attention-grabbing headlines — such as ...

Ken Griffey Sr. tells his cancer story

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and the Prostate Cancer Research Institute (PCRI) will host one of the largest meetings for patients, where leading prostate cancer physicians and specialists share insights on the latest research and treatment.

Providence St. Joseph Health system merger creates $100 million mental health initiative

The newly merged Providence St. Joseph Health system announced this week a $100 million initiative to pay for mental health counseling and research in California and six other states.

Advance planning for your end-of-life care

Millions of Californians are newly eligible for a health care benefit that could determine the treatment they receive in their final days - and most don’t know it.

Congresswoman Waters urges U.S.P.S. to issue Alzheimer’s Stamp

Rep. Maxine Waters (CA-43), ranking member of the Financial Services Committee and co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease, sent a letter to Mary Anne Penner, director of stamp services at the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), urging ...

Cedars-Sinai critical in Ebola defense

Cedars-Sinai has been tapped to play a critical role in bolstering the country’s front line of defense against Ebola and other highly infectious diseases under a federal grant announced Tuesday.

Let Medicare help you stop smoking

It’s never too late to quit smoking. While it’s best to stop as early as possible, kicking the smoking habit at any age will enhance the length and quality of your life.

Health insurance for LAUSD students

The Los Angeles Unified School District was awarded nearly $1 million to inform eligible students about opportunities to sign up for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health announced this week.

Number of low-income kids receiving health coverage grows in California

Bolstered by the federal health care reform law, the number of low-income kids getting full health coverage in California continues to grow, as it does in the nation as a whole, a recent study found.

Mayor Garcetti launches ‘Welcome Home’ project

Angelenos can take meaningful, personal steps to address L.A.’s homelessness crisis through Mayor Eric Garcetti’s new Welcome Home Project. The effort aims to recruit 100 residents to host gatherings of friends, neighbors, and colleagues and collect household supplies for formerly ...

Medicare’s drug-pricing experiment stirs opposition

The federal government’s plan has drawn intense reaction and lobbying, and much of the debate centers on whether it gives too much power over drug prices to government regulators.

Mechanical tenderizing may cause contamination

A new label on some of the steaks in your grocery store highlights a production process you may have never heard of before: mechanically tenderized. This means the beef has been punctured with blades or needles to break down the ...

Ridley-Thomas places focus on community health, wellness

Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas has put a focus on making his community healthier, and he brought out many community organizations and elected officials to assist him at the Crenshaw Health Fest which was held this past Saturday at the Baldwin Hills ...

People with HIV are less likely to get cancer treatment

We’ve made great progress treating people who are infected with HIV, but if they get cancer they’re less likely to get the care they need, a recent study found.