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Community mental health centers have long suffered from inadequate funding.

Children are falling through the cracks of Texas' broken mental health system

The pandemic has increased strain on child welfare programs already plagued with problems.
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Is Medicaid estate recovery deepening inequities in Minnesota?

Strain from the program may fall unevenly on people of color, who make up more than half of Medicaid recipients.
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Medicare offers universal health insurance to seniors. Why would Manchin change that?

Why Medicare advocates worry deeply about any moves that erode the program’s universal reach among seniors.
Christie Bilikam, right, poses with her husband, Ed, left, and his twin brother, Bob

COVID forced Bay Area families to make agonizing elder-care decisions. Is there a fix?

Four families share how the pandemic changed their care plans during an "emotionally horrifying" year.
Flames rise in a burn-off of toxic gases at an oil refinery in Wilmington in 2005.

In the shadow of refineries, a Southern California community endures a long history of pollution

The Los Angeles Times calls it “an island in a sea of petroleum,” but since I was 6 years old, I’ve just called it home.
(Courtesy photo via Jade Martinez-Pogue)

Do Santa Barbara County residents have adequate access to mental health beds?

With only 16 acute care mental health beds in Santa Barbara County, residents are transported as far as San Diego to get access to life-or-death care.
(Photo by Christopher Michel via Flickr/Creative Commons)

San Francisco touted itself as a model city on COVID-19, overlooking a stark disparity

Two reporters dig beneath the feel-good stories that led SF health officials to pat themselves on the back.
Kirsten Gaddas holds her daughter Oakley Shuman's hand as her other daughter, Sophia Shuman, right, dances to the music

Maine has been hit hard by the opioid epidemic. What does that mean for its children?

The state's child welfare system is still recovering from funding cuts, compounding the crisis.


This year saw a scorcher of a summer, the hottest on record. Worse, it could be the coldest summer we’ll see in our lifetimes. In this webinar, we’ll glean lessons and insights from a yearlong Los Angeles Times investigation into extreme heat. We’ll also identify gaps in state and federal tracking efforts, and outline policy changes that could help. Sign-up here!

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