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Denti-Cal has more bite in 2018

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| The new year means the state will once again cover things like root canals and partial dentures for adults on Medi-Cal. The legislature limited coverage during the Great Recession.

Nursing homes pushing out more poor and disabled patients

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Many of those discharged end up with no permanent housing or regular medical care. Ombudsmen say even when the discharges are deemed legal, they often are unethical. "Absolutely, it's a growing problem," says one.

GOP tax plan expected to preserve medical expense deduction

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Lawmakers have agreed to keep the medical expense deduction, according to reports from NPR. The deduction provides tax relief to an estimated million California households.

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Deadline extended for January Covered California plans

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Dec. 22 is now the last day to sign up for Covered California health insurance policies that begin Jan. 1. Procrastinators will still have a little more time.

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California winces at Trump's return to 'bad old days' of interstate biz health plans

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"Association health plans" would allow firms in the same industry to band together to buy policies, operate across state lines and avoid Obamacare rules. The state says this approach was disastrous for consumers in the past.

California could lose $2.7 billion in kids' health funding

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There's no backup plan to address a potential $2.7 billion shortfall if Congress doesn't renew a health care program for lower-income children by the end of the year.

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California clinics face deep cuts if Congress doesn't act soon

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It’s been nearly two months since Congress missed its deadline to renew funding for community health centers. Without more money, clinic leaders warn of cutbacks.

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SoCal retiree says losing medical deduction would be 'huge hit'

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The House GOP tax plan would end the medical expense tax deduction. A Claremont man who's had heart issues says that would increase his tax bill by $7,000.

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