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Kern County, with similar geography and population to Fresno, decided to enter the new health insurance program called Bridge to Reform. On the way, Kern has stumbled upon many challenges, but for some patients, the program has changed their lives.

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Currently, more than 4,000 people of Asian descent are living with HIV/AIDS in California. But some healthcare workers say cultural values and pressures in the community often complicate dealing with the disease.

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Could socioeconomic factors explain why some kids are more physically fit -- and therefore healthier -- than others? Katharine Mieszkowski examines kids' physical fitness and health in one California community.

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Pascale Fusshoeller examines how people living in wildfire-prone areas are taking steps to protect not only their homes, but their health.

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Four years ago, San Francisco launched a grand experiment, becoming the first city in the nation to offer comprehensive health care to its growing ranks of uninsured.

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The San Francisco Department of Public Health says it is ahead of the curve in rolling out databases that keep tabs on tens of thousands of patients across a citywide network of clinics and hospitals.

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Most participants in Healthy San Francisco, the city’s 2007 initiative to expand care to more than 50,000 uninsured patients, appreciate the overall access to preventative care and treatment for chronic health conditions.

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A San Francisco requirement that businesses pay for their employees’ health needs has led to more workers having some form of health care. But after businesses initially stepped up to buy private health insurance for more of their workers, there has been a steady retreat.

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Cindy McCallum said the two nights she spent on the grass opposite the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission were the scariest she’s lived through.

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Nonprofit hospitals receive millions of dollars in tax breaks each year to care for the poor and uninsured. But do they do enough to justify their lucrative, tax-exempt status? Crunch the numbers to find out.

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