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Medicare helps pay the costs of such things as hospitalization, surgery, chemotherapy, transplants, medications, pacemakers and other interventions, but not the "custodial care" that Alzheimer's patients need.

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More than 20,000 Californians were sterilized at state homes and hospitals from 1909 to 1979, most of them women, people with disabilities and immigrants. Now, a state lawmaker wants to provide reparations to the roughly 800 living survivors, many of whom never consented to the procedures or did so under pressure.

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A selection of opinions on health care developments from around the state.

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The hearing, scheduled for May 8, is being likened to when tobacco executives were called in front of Congress in the 1990s. Representatives from McKesson, Cardinal Health, AmerisourceBergen, Miami-Luken and H.D. Smith Wholesale Drug Company will testify.

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The Superfund site is set to become the location of more than 12,000 new housing units, but problems with the clean-up of the location may slow the plans down.

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