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As 18- to 25-year-olds try to find their footing, they face the least access to health care, have the highest uninsured rate, and struggle with greater behavioral and non-behavioral health risks than either adolescents aged 12-17 or young adults aged 26-34.

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Does rural healthcare have a future? And how can we ensure that rural California residents have access to decent healthcare, as doctors are becoming scarce?

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Michael R. Cousineau is a associate professor of family medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at USC. Cousineau's work focuses on policy issues that impact access to primary care, health care financing, and health insurance coverage. He has conducted many funded research projects, most recently "The effects of privatization on health services for the poor in Los Angeles," funded by the Randolph and Doris Haynes Foundation. He is currently funded by The California Endowment to evaluate health programs for the poor.

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Lucien Wulsin is an attorney in Los Angeles specializing in health law and health policy. He is director of the Santa Monica-based Insure the Uninsured Project, where he is working on approaches to expand coverage for uninsured working Californians under grants from The California Wellness Foundation, The Blue Shield of California Foundation and The California Endowment.

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