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Affordable Care Act

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The tobacco industry has never been shy about flexing its financial muscle to influence policy. A report released this week looks at the tobacco lobby’s efforts to derail increased cigarette taxes and another sheds some not so flattering light on state and federal efforts to control tobacco use.

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The number of school-based health centers has been growing in California for more than a decade, and the Affordable Care Act has boosted their funding. Some students served by these clinics also enthusiastically support them.

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Community clinics, doctors and medical facilities are already struggling to provide appropriate, culturally competent medical translation to diverse populations, and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act could exacerbate the situation.

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More than a million California children who currently lack health insurance will qualify for coverage under the Affordable Care Act. But children’s advocates are concerned that some kids won’t get the best coverage.

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A journalist details his long and frustrating battle to get affordable health insurance, which has turned on the definition of the word "creditable."

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As health reform gets underway, will employers still provide health insurance for workers or leave them to fend for themselves in the new insurance exchanges? We sort out the issues and offer resources for your work.

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Although the number of Californians without health insurance fell in 2011, the good news is overshadowed by fewer people getting insurance through their jobs.

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Barack Obama's reelection means that health reform will remain a critical part of the health care beat. A veteran health journalist offers some tips for your coverage going forward.

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Sifting through the two major competing proposals for Medicare reform, one key question emerges: What will they really cost taxpayers and beneficiaries?...

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The federal Affordable Care Act will likely help many immigrants, but questions and hurdles remain. And minority populations start from a big deficit on health insurance.

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