FROM Jim Preis
New Disability Insurance Law A new California law takes effect today requiring disability insurance plans to cover severe mental illnesses, including anorexia, bipolar disorders, bulimia and schizophrenia. We look at how difficult it is for people suffering from mental illness to get coverage.
The Challenge of Mental Illness In 2004, voters passed Proposition 63 , a one percent tax on Californians who earn more than a million dollars a year. The so-called “Millionaire's Tax,” has now raised some $7 billion — all designated for mental healthcare. Since Governor Brown eliminated the State Department of Mental Health, prevention, treatment — and possible cure -- are now in the hands of California's 58 counties.
'American Gods' showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green The novel American Gods features countless mythological characters gearing up to fight an epic battle. The writer-producers of the new adaptation on Starz were determined to do justice to the book -- even if that meant constantly moving production and pushing the budget. Showrunners Michael Green and Bryan Fuller tell us why they're not worried about critics who say the show is confusing, and go into the thinking behind an especially memorable, explicit sex scene.
Comedian Vir Das offers 'Abroad Understanding' After selling out stadiums in India, comedian and actor Vir Das is looking to break through in the US with his new Netflix special, Vir Das: Abroad Understanding. He tells us about making the jump from Bollywood to Hollywood and how he hopes his pointed humor can redefine expectations in India and America.
Who will lead California's Democratic Party? It’s been a hectic week in politics. There’s been talk of impeachment, Watergate, and Mike Pence’s political action committee. Also, the California Democratic Party is having its convention in Sacramento this weekend, where they’ll talk strategy and pick a new leader.