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Sen Bernie Sanders (I-VT) recently announced he will be introducing a proposal to expand Medicare to all Americans as a solution to healthcare reform, according to US News. Sanders said that the proposal will likely not pass in the GOP-controlled Congress; however, he indicated that change takes time and this would be the biggest change since Social Security was created in 1930, according to the article.
Dialysis has become increasingly common among Californians, despite incidence rates of kidney disease remaining relatively the same. The number of individuals receiving dialysis has spiked due to patients living longer with end-stage renal disease, according to California Healthline. The uptick in dialysis treatments is also the result of improved care for comorbidities, including heart disease and infections, the article concluded.
In Tulare County, CA, mobile mental health units serve isolated adults in rural areas, according to California Healthline. Each year, these mobile units treat 250 patients and have treated more than 3500 patients since the program was created in 2007. The mobile units are funded by Proposition 63, which expands mental health services through a 1% tax on personal income more than $1 million.