State’s Spurning of $6 million Could Hurt Medi-Cal Renewals

New America Media, News Report, Viji Sundaram, Posted: Aug 24, 2014

California turned down a $6 million grant to keep those previously enrolled, as well as those newly enrolled poor people, on the state's Medicaid program.




Helen Prejean: The ‘Whole Death Penalty System is Botched’

New America Media, Question & Answer, Viji Sundaram, Posted: Aug 01, 2014

Longtime anti-death penalty crusader Sister Helen Prejean says the latest botched executions highlight the moral and legal flaws in the "whole system."




No Guidelines from State About DACA Medi-Cal Eligibility

New America Media, News Report, Viji Sundaram, Posted: Jul 30, 2014

The California Department of Health Care Services’ failure to issue the guidelines has resulted in hundreds of young immigrants being turned away.




Mental Health Issues in California Kids Go Largely Untreated

New America Media, News Report, Viji Sundaram, Posted: Jul 29, 2014

A new study shows more than 8.5 percent of California children have mental health needs, yet only a quarter receive timely mental health treatment.




Setting Data Free, In the Name of Better Health

New America Media, News Report, Viji Sundaram, Posted: Jun 19, 2014

In the U.S., health data is often inaccessible to those who could best use it to improve lives.




DACA Students' Right to Medi-Cal Routinely Rejected

New America Media, News Report, Viji Sundaram, Posted: Jun 16, 2014

A slew of challenges -- including onerous paperwork and ignorance among healthcare workers -- has kept numerous DACA students from getting a Medi-Cal card.




Casteism, Lack of Toilets & Poor Policing Claim Lives of Two Girls

New America Media, Op-ed, Viji Sundaram, Posted: Jun 04, 2014

No one can deny that lack of sanitation, lack of good policing and a caste system that is alive and well in India snuffed out the lives of two young women.




California’s Undocumented Use Fewer Health Services Than U.S.-Born Residents

New America Media, News Report, Viji Sundaram, Posted: May 07, 2014

Far from being a drain on the system, undocumented Californians are using emergency rooms at only half the rate of U.S. citizens.




California’s 'Health For All' Bill Moves Forward

New America Media, News Report, Viji Sundaram, Posted: May 01, 2014

SB 1005, called the Health for All Act, moved out of the state Senate Health Committee Wednesday and is now headed to the appropriations committee.




No Room for Autism Treatment in Self-Funded Health Plans

New America Media, News Report, Viji Sundaram, Posted: Apr 30, 2014

A number of large corporations with self funded health plans are excluding autism therapy, putting hundreds of their employees under a great deal of stress.