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Task Force Outlines Strategy To Address California’s Shortfall Of Health Workers

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A new report by a coalition of health, education and labor leaders concludes that the state must build a larger and more culturally diverse pool of medical, mental health and home care professionals to meet the needs of a growing population. The findings point to a big challenge for Gov. Gavin Newsom as he seeks to extend health insurance to many of California’s nearly 3 million uninsured residents.

Call The Midwife! (If The Doctor Doesn’t Object)

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Hospitals and medical practices are battling outdated stereotypes and sometimes their own doctors to hire certified nurse midwives. Research shows that women cared for by certified nurse midwives have fewer cesarean sections, which can produce significant cost savings for hospitals.

Buyers Of Short-Term Health Plans: Wise Or Shortsighted?

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Policyholders reason that their health is good — for now — and they don’t see the need for costly comprehensive coverage. Detractors say the plans undermine the Affordable Care Act, and agents advise reading the fine print. “You basically have to be in perfect health,” says one.

First Edition: October 5, 2018

KHN Morning Briefing

THE CANCER DIVIDE: Tune in to our next Facebook Live on Friday, Oct. 5 at 11 a.m. PST/2 p.m. EST, as we discuss disparities in cancer care and outcomes. Kaiser Health News senior correspondent Anna Gorman and UC Davis professor Kenneth Kizer will explain that people overall are living longer with cancer, but some communities are faring better than others. Join the discussion here, and please bring your questions.