Many Eligible For Prop. 47 Relief Still Need to Apply

New America Media, News Report, Viji Sundaram, Posted: Jun 22, 2016

California’s Prop. 47 allows many individuals to change certain felonies into misdemeanors on their criminal records – but less than a quarter of those eligible have submitted their requests, and the window of opportunity is set to expire next year.




California Set to Be First State to Allow Undocumented Residents to Buy Health Coverage on Online Marketplace

New America Media, News Report, Viji Sundaram, Posted: Jun 02, 2016

As early as next year, undocumented immigrants will be able to buy health insurance on Covered California, the state’s online marketplace. That is, if Uncle Sam gives the state a federal waiver to do so.




Poverty, Stress Put Blacks at Higher Risk for Dementia: Study

New America Media, News Report, Viji Sundaram, Posted: Jun 01, 2016

Poverty, low educational attainment and other socioeconomic factors put blacks at a much higher risk than whites of developing dementia and other cognitive impairments later in life, says a national study out this week.




35 Calif. Counties Expand Health Care to Undocumented Residents

New America Media, News Report, Viji Sundaram, Posted: May 24, 2016

Starting this week, thousands of low-income residents in California’s rural areas, including undocumented children and adults, will be able to access health care.




CA Sen. Lara Urges Undocumented Parents to Sign Kids Up For Health Care

New America Media, News Report, Viji Sundaram, Posted: May 13, 2016

Undocumented parents should set their fears aside and enroll their children in the Health For All Kids program set to launch May 16, urges Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens.




Doctors Agree With Sanders on Universal Health Care

New America Media, Question & Answer, Viji Sundaram, Posted: May 07, 2016

Physicians warn that the risks of continuing the ACA will leave millions uninsured indefinitely.




Moms Say Dental Care Tops List for Medi-Cal Kids-- Dentists Are MIA

New America Media, News Report, Viji Sundaram, Posted: Apr 27, 2016

For undocumented parents getting dental care for their children is top priority. They say that will be the main reason they will enroll their children in full-scope Medi-Cal next month.




SF Dist. Attorney: Police Union Messaging on Prop. 47 'Disingenuous'

New America Media, News Report, Viji Sundaram, Posted: Apr 24, 2016

San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon said that the recent spike in property crimes in the city has little to do with Prop. 47.




New State Tax Credit Helps California’s Working Poor

New America Media, News Report, Viji Sundaram, Posted: Apr 05, 2016

Starting this year, California's working poor can potentially qualify for a tax credit under a new law.




Many Californians Say Health Insurance Cost Too High

New America Media, News Report, Viji Sundaram, Posted: Mar 31, 2016

Two-thirds of Californians who did not have health insurance in 2014 were actually eligible for coverage, but many did not enroll because of the high cost.