Ask Emily: Your health care questions answered |

Ask Emily: The first step to fighting opioid addiction is staying alive

| More than 42,200 Americans died from opioid overdoses in 2016. That means the first step to overcoming an addiction may very well having a supply of naloxone, a medication that can reverse an overdose, on hand.

Ask Emily: Family crisis or new baby? Get paid time off for it


Californians can get six weeks of paid leave at up to 70 percent of their salary to care for a sick family member or a new baby. But the paperwork can be onerous.

Ask Emily: Problems with your hospital care? Speak up!


Practical tips for making sure you or a loved one get proper care in the hospital.

Ask Emily: On Medi-Cal and shut out of nursing homes? Here's how to claim your bed.


It can be extremely difficult for people on Medi-Cal to snag a spot in a nursing home, especially if they’re transferring from home or an assisted living facility.

Ask Emily: Will health care ministries cover your costs?


Christian health ministries are not insurance. Members' dues cover others' medical care. There are lifestyle rules, and not everything is covered.

Caring for a loved one? Care for yourself, too


Caregiving is hard, it may get harder, and it often leads to emotional, physical and financial hardship. Here are resources offering free help.

Ask Emily: How to ease the pain of high-deductible plans


Take advantage of free benefits, use in-network providers, call the nurse advice line, use generics and over-the-counter drugs when possible. And shop around.

Ask Emily: How to handle Obamacare on your taxes


Amidst the uncertainty over the future of the Affordable Care Act, here are answers to your questions about how to handle Obamacare-related tax requirements.