Healthcare

Panther medicine

An original member of the Black Panther connects the dots between marijuana access and justice

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caitlin@sfbg.com

HERBWISE The night before our interview, Elder Freeman spoke alongside Peace and Freedom Party presidential candidate (and beloved sitcom sassmouth) Roseanne Barr, 2008 Green Party candidate Cynthia McKinney, and others about the political possibilities of marijuana at a panel discussion held inside Oaksterdam University.Read more »

Still soaring

The Icarus Project celebrates a decade of redefining mental health

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yael@sfbg.com

"I was 18 years old the first time they locked me up in a psych ward."

So begins "The Bipolar World," an article published in the Bay Guardian's literature section 10 years ago, on September 18, 2002. The writer, Sascha Altman DuBrul, tells the story of his life. He'd been arrested walking on New York subway tracks after the year he first experienced what would later be diagnosed as bipolar disorder.Read more »

Other options for St. Luke's

The hospital means too much to the city to lose it

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EDITORIAL California Pacific Medical Center wants to build a fancy new hospital in San Francisco without meeting the city's demands for housing, transportation, and health-care mitigations. And the arrogant leadership at the private nonprofit thinks it can hold the city hostage: If the mayor and the supervisors don't approve the new medical complex on Van Ness Avenue, CPMC has threatened to close St. Luke's — threatening a critical part of the local health infrastructure.Read more »

Healthy transitions

Trans people are struggling to find decent health care -- but hope is in sight

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yael@sfbg.com

When the Human Rights Campaign, the national LGBT rights group, released its latest scorecard, rating companies by their support for LGBT issues, the healthcare giant Kaiser scored 100 percent. In June, the company's float in the San Francisco Pride Parade was packed with happy employees.

But as the float passed through the streets, it was met by a group of protesters. Pride at Work complained, loudly, that Kaiser — for all its efforts to work with the community — excludes transgender care from its standard policies.Read more »

Reports, rally, and hearing call for more public benefits from nonprofit hospital chains

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A rally and legislative hearing in Sacramento tomorrow (Wed/15) will highlight how little community benefits and charity care large nonprofit healthcare corporations offer despite their tax-exempt status. At the center of that critical spotlight is Sutter Health, the healthcare behemoth that owns California Pacific Medical Center and is locked in a high-stakes standoff with the city over whether to rebuild St. Read more »

Will Mayor Lee finally get tough with CPMC?

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It's gut check time for Mayor Ed Lee, and time for him to show whether he works for the people of San Francisco or the corporate interests that he's spent most of his time in office catering to.Read more »

Is the Obamacare ruling good news?

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Chief Justice John Robert’s atypical alignment with the left of the bench today led the Supreme Court to uphold most of the Affordable Care Act—a move generally lauded by liberals. But we spoke with a number of progressives who see Obamacare’s victory as solely a victory for the corrupt health insurance industry, and just another step off the path to a successful single-payer solution.Read more »

The problem with Laura's Law

When it comes to embracing laws such as AB 1421, California voters know better

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OPINION Mental health conditions and mental illness are issues that bring passionate people to the table from all sides of the spectrum. Individuals who have lived with the experience of mental-health conditions, clinicians, family members, researchers, and advocates all have a lot to say.Read more »

End the healthcare scam

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OPINION Last year, after receiving data from San Francisco, the Wall Street Journal reported on an investigation into the use of health reimbursement accounts by several local restaurants. It showed a group of employers evading the city's health care law while charging their customers a "Healthy San Francisco" surcharge that is never actually spent on employees' health care.

Rather than providing health coverage to their workers, as customers are led to believe, the restaurants are allocating funds for HRAs — and taking back the funds before they can be used.Read more »

Campaign to regulate health insurance premiums launched in SF

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Representatives from Consumer Watchdog and other groups today launched a ballot measure campaign to regulate health insurance rates in California with an event outside the San Francisco headquarters of Blue Shield of California, which is in the process of substantially increasing health premiums for a second consecutive year despite sitting on billions of dollars in cash reserves.Read more »