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Robin Williams would still be alive if he had been homeless

Posted August 15, 2014 By Kevin Knauss
Why don't homeless men commit suicide like Robin Williams?

We see them across the United States. Homeless men and women, filthy, pushing shopping carts, diving in dumpsters, sleeping in tents and suffering from mental illness and substance abuse. Short of becoming a mercenary, they have sunk almost as low as any human being can and still be considered somewhat civilized. Yet, through all the […]

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Anthem Blue Cross allows California members to chat online with a doctor.

The Anthem Blue Cross of California provider network just got larger as of July 1st when Blue Cross members can enroll in LiveHealth Online to consult with a doctor through the Internet using a regular computer, tablet or smart phone. The cost for the doctor visit or online consultation, in lieu of actually visiting a […]

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Will Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision open door to female circumcision on religious grounds.

Did the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision render the Female Genital Mutilation Act of 1995 null and void? While the Supreme Court specifically mentioned that their decision only applied narrowly to contraception mandated by the ACA, the bulk of the opinion and reasoning centered on the fact that the Religious Freedom and Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA) […]

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What’s wrong with jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge?

Posted June 28, 2014 By Kevin Knauss
Physical Suicide Deterrent System

On Friday, June 27, the Golden Gate Transportation District (GGTD) voted to spend $76 million to install a “Physical Suicide Deterrent System”. The deterrent system will be comprised of a wire net extending approximately twenty feet on either side of the Golden Gate Bridge to catch people who jump. My question is, “What’s so bad […]

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Quiet Pride Parade for Sacramento Intactivists

Posted June 15, 2014 By Kevin Knauss
Kevin Knauss and local Sacramentan Alex at the Sacramento Pride Parade staging area.

In a moment of exuberant passion for the cause of educating people about the stupidity of routine infant circumcision, I signed up the nascent Sacramento Intactivist group to march in the Sacramento Pride Parade. I walked in last year’s San Francisco Pride Parade with over 50 committed Intactivists and figured we could muster at least […]

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California health plans cover newborn circumcision

Posted June 10, 2014 By Kevin Knauss
California health plans cover routine infant circumcision.

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act all individual and family plans now include coverage for maternity care. These new health services, many of which are provided at no cost to the patient, also extend to the new born. Prominent in many private health plans is coverage for routine infant circumcision. Routine male infant circumcision is a […]

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Estimated monthly premium revenue by health plans in Covered California.

With a peek at the enrollment statistics released by Covered California after the end of the ACA open enrollment we are able to visualize just how large the health insurance industry is in the state. While the enrollment data is only for individual and family plans (IFP) purchased through Covered California, the 1.3 million individuals […]

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Doctors are referring patients to out-of-network providers increasing costs to health plan members.

The first challenges individuals and families faced with the smaller provider networks offered in California was keeping their current physician or finding doctors that would accept the new health plans for health care treatment. The next hurdle has been doctors referring or using out of network physicians for patient care. Patients are now getting slapped […]

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Acupuncture for all, my trip to the acupuncturist

Posted April 22, 2014 By Kevin Knauss
Cupping at Dr. Pan acupuncture office Granite Bay, CA

All new ACA health plans include acupuncture as a covered health care service in California. So what is it like to receive acupuncture and can it potentially help relieve medical challenges that some of us face? I decided to try out this traditional Chinese medicine to see if it would alleviate the pain in my neck.

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Home brew citrus flavored water

Posted March 30, 2014 By Kevin Knauss
Powdered hibiscus give the citrus flavored water a cranberry color.

I’ll admit that I’m addicted to flavored water. For years I have been buying Aquafina Flavor Splash and recently started purchasing Mio Orange Tangerine Liquid Enhancer concentrate. When I looked at the ingredients of these two products I realized that I could make a similar concentrated to flavor water at home. While my home brew chemical mixture isn’t quite as perfect as the store bought products, it tastes good and it’s fun to tinker with the ingredients.

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