When the reforms called for by the Affordable Care Act go into effect January 2014, in addition to enrolling thousands of people who were previously uninsured, a number of Baby Boomers will also enroll in Medi-Cal and Medicare. For Alameda County health care experts, the challenge will be to explain the differences in the two similar-sounding programs and to help recipients understand the complex rules of each.

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As the era of a storied Oakland Chinatown restaurant comes to an end, a new stage will be ushered in for the community’s access to healthcare. Silver Dragon, the banquet hall and restaurant at 9th and Webster Streets, is set to close in the coming months. The iconic building will become home to a brand new, state-of-the-art medical clinic run by community organization Asian Health Services.

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The health reform bill the House of Representatives approved last month prints out at 2,014 pages, Oakland North asked a health policy expert to haul the whole pile to her office recently and examine it to see what practical impact its provisions might have on four local residents who face different health insurance situations.

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More than forty people gathered in a conference room this morning to listen to physicians– from La Clinica de la Raza, Asian Health Services from Oakland’s Chinatown, and LifeLong Medical Care from Berkeley–talk about the need for health care reform. “They made a choice to pay college for their daughter, rather than health insurance,” one physician said of his own aunt and uncle. “So they’re making a gamble on their life.”

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