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[Los Angeles Times] Obamacare rebates headed to thousands of consumers, employers
Jul 24, 2014 | Article

[Los Angeles Times] Obamacare rebates headed to thousands of consumers, employers

California health insurers owe $11.9 million in refunds to thousands of consumers and businesses under requirements of the federal healthcare law. The rebates announced Thursday by the Obama administration are going out by Aug. 1, and they cover about 490,000 Californians who had individual and employer policies last year. Nationwide, the annual rebates total $332 million for 6.8 million consumers. The average rebate for a California family is $39, federal data show.
[Merced Sun-Star] Study: 10M have gained coverage through health law
Jul 24, 2014 | Article

[Merced Sun-Star] Study: 10M have gained coverage through health law

WASHINGTON — A new study estimates that more than 10 million adults gained health insurance by midyear as the coverage expansion under President Barack Obama's law took hold in much of the country. The study published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine found that the share of Americans ages 18 to 64 without insurance dropped by a little more than 5 percentage points. States that embraced the law's Medicaid expansion saw significant coverage gains among low-income uninsured people. About half the states have expanded. The law offers subsidized private insurance for middle-class people who don't have access through their jobs and expanded Medicaid for low-income adults. The latest study results are in line with findings by Gallup and with estimates from the Congressional Budget Office. Read more here: http://www.mercedsunstar.com/2014/07/23/3761659/study-10m-have-gained-coverage.html#storylink=cpy
[Time] President Obama Plans to Act as Mentor in ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ Initiative
Jul 24, 2014 | Article

[Time] President Obama Plans to Act as Mentor in ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ Initiative

President Barack Obama will be spreading himself awfully thin if he takes on a commitment he announced Monday at a town hall for his “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative. Instead of just taking on one mentee as a part of the effort to connect more young men of color with good role models, Obama said Monday he plans to connect with as many as he can. MORE White House Tightens Oil Train Safety Regulations What’s Next For NASA? Asteroids! Israeli Strike Hits U.N. School, Killing At Least 15 NBC News 'No Trace': Jet That Vanished Over Africa Presumed Crashed NBC News Golden States: What's Behind the Plan to Break Up California? NBC News “The problem with just taking one is all the other guys would be like, ‘Man, how’d you get the President?’” Obama said. After applauding a new round of private sector investments in “My Brother’s Keeper,” President Obama got his feet wet in offering advice to young men during a candid question and answer session during the event at the Walker Jones Education Center in Washington, DC.
[Fresno Bee] Fresno Unified signs on to minority student achievement plan
Jul 23, 2014 | Article

[Fresno Bee] Fresno Unified signs on to minority student achievement plan

Fresno Unified and six other large California school districts are making a commitment to young boys of color as part of a nationwide initiative promoted by President Barack Obama. Obama's "My Brother's Keeper" plan aims to improve academic achievement among low-income and minority young men by targeting them early for advanced programs and increasing high school graduation rates. Those efforts will begin as early as preschool, said a statement from the Council of the Great City Schools, the national group that's backing the plan. Reducing absences, suspensions and expulsions are also part of the group's goal. Fresno Unified and the other districts involved say they'll keep data to track student progress.
[Time] Michelle Obama’s Pro-Water (Soda Silent) Campaign Makes Waves
Jul 23, 2014 | Article

[Time] Michelle Obama’s Pro-Water (Soda Silent) Campaign Makes Waves

First Lady Michelle Obama devoted Tuesday afternoon to telling Americans to drink less sugary soda, without actually saying anything bad about sugary soda. MORE What’s Next For NASA? Asteroids! Obama to Sign Bill Improving Worker Training Flight Horror: Passenger Plane Crashes in Stormy Taiwan NBC News Bleak Homecoming: First Ukraine Crash Bodies Land in Netherlands NBC News Moving Moment: Wrecked Concordia Makes Final Voyage NBC News It’s been nearly a year since the First Lady launched the “Drink Up” campaign, a subset of the signature effort to promote healthy choices for kids that focuses on water. But instead of attacking the sugary, carbonated drinks and juices that contribute to the widening waistlines of our nation’s kids, “Drink Up” attempted to flood the market with positive, pro-water messaging.
[Reuters] Michelle Obama expands push to get Americans to drink more water
Jul 23, 2014 | Article

[Reuters] Michelle Obama expands push to get Americans to drink more water

WASHINGTON, July 22 (Reuters) - First lady Michelle Obama took to the White House lawn on Tuesday along with children from a local YMCA and summer camp to expand the country's "Drink Up" campaign aimed at getting Americans to drink more water. In the face of criticism that the 2013 campaign encouraged children to drink more bottled water rather than cheaper tap water, Obama announced new partnerships on Tuesday with water filtration, drinking fountain and water bottle companies to emphasize increased access to water rather than bottled water consumption. The companies, including Brita, Nalgene and S'well Bottle, will give schools grants to purchase more water filling stations, install hydration stations in underserved communities and brand hundreds of thousands of reusable water bottles with the program's logo.
[Daily Democrat] Obamacare ruling doesn't affect Californians' health plans
Jul 23, 2014 | Article

[Daily Democrat] Obamacare ruling doesn't affect Californians' health plans

A federal appeals court ruling Tuesday that could threaten billions of dollars in subsidies for many low- and middle-income people who bought health policies on the federal exchange, will not affect Californians, state officials said. "We are aware of today's ruling, but it does not apply to the state exchanges," a Covered California spokeswoman said. California was the first state to establish its own market exchange. The exchange received $1.5 billion in federal funding to expand its Medi-Cal program for the first enrollment period that began last October. Of the roughly 1.3 million that enrolled through Covered California between October and April, 88 percent qualified for a tax subsidy. But the ripple effects of the federal court's ruling on the future of state exchanges remain unknown. The decision is expected to get further review.
[KFBK Radio] Sac International Airport Could End Up in Court Over Billboard
Jul 23, 2014 | Article

[KFBK Radio] Sac International Airport Could End Up in Court Over Billboard

Sacramento International Airport could end up in court over advertising you're not seeing. It's a billboard, or lack of the same, that has the ACLU upset with Sacramento airport officials. The billboard is paid for by the health nonprofit California Endowment and promotes health coverage for undocumented people living in California. However, airport officials say it violates their policy forbidding ads of a political nature, so the Sacramento Bee reports they've put a sign which reads, #Health4All. An ACLU lawyer reportedly says refusal to put up the contested billboard amounts to a violation of California Endowment's free speech rights. Read more: http://www.kfbk.com/articles/kfbk-news-461777/sac-international-airport-could-end-up-in-court-over-billboard-12586555/#ixzz38JpeKISL
[Desert Sun] Foundation to set up sites for clean drinking water
Jul 23, 2014 | Article

[Desert Sun] Foundation to set up sites for clean drinking water

The California Endowment, a statewide health foundation that runs a community initiative in the desert, announced Tuesday plans to install dozens of water stations for filling reusable water bottles in the eastern Coachella Valley. The water stations will be dispersed in the fall in the east valley and southern Kern County, the first pilot locations for a project throughout California promoting access to free, clean drinking water. "We want to change the culture of water consumption among the students," said Sergio Carranza, executive director of Pueblo Unido CDC.
Sisterhood Rising!
Jul 23, 2014 | Blog

Sisterhood Rising!

For me, summer was a time to goof off, but the youth in our 14 Building Healthy Communities (BHC) sites have something else on their mind, in addition to having some fun. They are on a quest to be better leaders to improve their communities.  I am so ...
[Youth Media for BHC] Campaign begins in Coachella to step up Latino voters
Jul 21, 2014 | Article

[Youth Media for BHC] Campaign begins in Coachella to step up Latino voters

Mi Familia Vota, a national nonprofit working to generate political involvement in Latino communities, is spreading a campaign in Coachella to prepare for the November elections. The organization focuses on youth, recruiting volunteers from local high schools. “This election, though not a presidential election, has a huge impact on the families in the Coachella Valley. We are going to need as many people as possible to participate leading into the November election.”
Jul 17, 2014 | Article

[Youth Media for BHC] Richmond’s immigration stories

Luis Cubas carries memories of harrowing violence from his last months in El Salvador. Now living in Richmond, Luis tells the story of a peer awaiting a deportation proceeding. Manuel Martinez talks about his growing ambition to attend college, and applying for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in order to graduate without the constant fear of deportation. “Throughout my life, I’ve felt disadvantaged because I wasn’t born here. The fear of deportation set in after watching an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid on television — and that fear, I’ve come to realize, kept me from dreaming that life could be whatever I wanted it to be.”
[Investing in What Works for America's Communities] Building Healthy Communities: Interview with Tony Iton (Part 2)
Jul 21, 2014 | Blog

[Investing in What Works for America's Communities] Building Healthy Communities: Interview with Tony Iton (Part 2)

Building Healthy Communities (BHC) is a 10-year, $1 billion program of The California Endowment (TCE) to help 14 low income communities across the state take action to improve health in the places they live. The following interview explores the initiative’s inception, progress, and lessons for the field with Tony Iton, Senior Vice President of Healthy Communities at TCE.
Jul 22, 2014 | Press Release

Statement from The California Endowment on The Latest Partnership Announcement From The First Lady’s Drink Up Campaign

Washington, DC (July 22, 2014)— First Lady Michelle Obama and the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) announced commitments today from Brita, Haws Corporation and Nalgene to help Americans access water wherever they are, whenever they want. As ...
[Fox News Latino] Low-Income Teens Who Attend Top High Schools Also See Health Benefits
Jul 22, 2014 | Article

[Fox News Latino] Low-Income Teens Who Attend Top High Schools Also See Health Benefits

A study involving mostly Latino students who applied to one of three top-performing Los Angeles public charter schools from 2007 to 2010 shows that disadvantaged teens may get more than an academic boost by attending good high schools — their health may also benefit, a study suggests. Risky health behavior including binge-drinking, unsafe sex and use of hard drugs was less common among these kids, compared with peers who went to mostly worse schools. The teens were otherwise similar, all from low-income Los Angeles neighborhoods who applied to top public charter schools that admit students based on a lottery system.
FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA JOINS PARTNERSHIP FOR A HEALTHIER AMERICA AND SEVEN ORGANIZATIONS TO HELP ENSURE EVERYONE EVERYWHERE CAN DRINK MORE WATER
Jul 22, 2014 | Press Release

FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA JOINS PARTNERSHIP FOR A HEALTHIER AMERICA AND SEVEN ORGANIZATIONS TO HELP ENSURE EVERYONE EVERYWHERE CAN DRINK MORE WATER

Washington, D.C. (July 22, 2014) – First Lady Michelle Obama today joined the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), of which Mrs. Obama is honorary chair, to announce that seven new supporters have joined the Drink Up effort, which encourages ...
What We're Learning: Three New Reports Tell Us How We're Doing
Jul 22, 2014 | Blog

What We're Learning: Three New Reports Tell Us How We're Doing

We are pleased to share with you three recent independent evaluations of our efforts here at The California Endowment. The first is a Strategic Review by FSG. For several months FSG carried out an initiative-wide review of our work, gathering input ...
[KCET] WELA YMCA Youth Present Plans to Improve Their Community
Jul 21, 2014 | Article

[KCET] WELA YMCA Youth Present Plans to Improve Their Community

Students in the WELA YMCA Youth Institute Youth Voices program culminated their learning experience with presentations detailing their visions for community improvement. Three teams of students each prepared a final slideshow of their community improvement plan to share with the summer participants of the WELA YMCA program, in an effort to demonstrate and promote civic engagement and advocacy.
[Los Angeles Times] Obamacare: California details plan to cut Medi-Cal backlog to 350,000
Jul 15, 2014 | Article

[Los Angeles Times] Obamacare: California details plan to cut Medi-Cal backlog to 350,000

California will reduce the number of Medi-Cal applications it has pending under Obamacare by nearly half within six weeks, state officials pledged Monday.In a letter to the federal government's Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the director of California's Department of Health Care Services, Toby Douglas, noted that the number of pending applications for the healthcare program for the poor had declined from 900,000 in March to 600,000 by the end of June -- and said that the state's continued efforts to push through the backlog would reduce the number to "approximately 350,000 within six weeks."
[Los Angeles Times] Private summer schools prompt debate on education inequality
Jul 12, 2014 | Article

[Los Angeles Times] Private summer schools prompt debate on education inequality

While summer programs in many California public school districts have been scaled back or eliminated, scores of students in predominantly affluent areas can pay for courses, bolstering their transcripts to be more attractive to colleges. The classes, which have gained popularity in recent years, are offered by nonprofit foundations on leased high school campuses. They often are taught by district instructors and run by administrators hired by these groups. Critics say the foundations, though well-intentioned, privatize public school, undercut California's guarantee of a free public education for all and contribute to an already wide inequity in educational opportunity by offering public school credit at a cost only some can afford.
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