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

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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!

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

Acute confusion as Covered California begins open enrollment

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After months of efforts by the GOP and President Trump to repeal or at least weaken Obamacare, you probably have a lot of questions about open enrollment.

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

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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?

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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

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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

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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.