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Covered California's Historic First Open Enrollment Finishes With Projections Exceeded

Agents, Counselors, Community Organizations and County Workers Credited as Reason for High Enrollment in California
Covered California, Department of Health Care Services and Other Partners Help More Than 3 Million Californians Get Coverage

Sacramento, CA — With a final surge over the past two weeks, more than 3 million California consumers enrolled in health insurance plans or in Medi-Cal by April 15, Covered California™ and the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) announced today.

"Bringing health insurance and health care to so many Californians is a big achievement that was accomplished in no small measure by the work of our employees, our partners at DHCS, insurance agents, Certified Enrollment Counselors, county partners and community organizations who spread the word about this historic initiative," Covered California Executive Director Peter V. Lee said. "We are proud of what California has achieved, but recognize this is only the beginning of a long road of expanding affordable coverage to all Californians."

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Choosing a Hospital That’s Best for You

Have you ever read a restaurant guide before picking a place for a special dinner? Or a consumer-advice magazine before buying a new car?

Wouldn't it be great if there was a similar guide for looking up the quality of care at hospitals in your area?

Well, there is. It's called Hospital Compare and you can find it on the Medicare website, at www.medicare.gov.

Hospital Compare contains a wealth of information on how well hospitals perform certain surgeries and treat certain medical conditions. The data varies from hospital to hospital since some hospitals do a better job of caring for patients than others.

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Leave A Legacy

Black news from Pasadena - Lifestyle - Leaving a legacyAnyone who attended The Pasadena Journal's Women of Achievement Awards Breakfast earlier this month would tell you that it was very inspiring and special. Eight Women of God from our local churches were honored for their service to God, to their church and to the community. The guest speaker, Jewel Diamond Taylor, wowed the crowd with her enthusiasm and pearls of wisdom. One of the things she shared was that all women should make sure they "live, love, learn and leave a legacy."

At Friendship Baptist we are often reminded that "we are blessed to be a blessing." Leaving a legacy can bless others for generations. Webster's dictionary defines the word "legacy" as "a gift by will, especially of money or other personal property." It is further defined as "something transmitted by or received from an ancestor . . . ".  Legacy refers to an inheritance that can come in many forms. It can be an inheritance of financial assets, of success, of a good reputation, etc.

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Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center Recognizes Alcohol Awareness Month

Kaiser Permanente Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Offers Tips for Parents of Teens

Black news from Pasadena - Health - Kaiser recognizes Alcohol Awareness MonthLos Angeles, CA, April 18, 2014 — For Alcohol Awareness Month, Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center's Department of Addiction Medicine is encouraging parents of teens to discuss the negative effects of alcohol with their children. The message coincides with the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) theme "Help for Today. Hope for Tomorrow".

"The literature supports not only early intervention with teens, but also parental education to mitigate teen substance use and abuse," said Stephanie Shaner, MD, Chief of Addiction Medicine at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center.

According to the NCADD, alcohol is the most commonly used and abused drug among youth in the United States. Although drinking by persons under the age of 21 is illegal, people aged 12 to 20 drink 11 percent of all alcohol consumed in this country. Approximately 5,000 people under the age of 21 die annually due to intoxication.

"Open and honest dialogue by parents about the negative effects of alcohol, as well as about their expectations regarding underage drinking, has been found to significantly decrease teenage alcohol consumption," said Robert Morrison, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center. "Research shows that teens who try alcohol before age 15 are four times more likely to become alcohol dependent when they are older. This is why prevention is so important to reduce alcohol-related problems and alcoholism."

What can you do to help your child avoid using alcohol to cope? Morrison provides the following recommendations:

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