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Ask people who sell health insurance for a living if they are prepared to explain the Affordable Care Act policies coming into the market on Oct. 1, and you will get an earful. Agents must be certified to explain and compare options for customers but so far, none in California is certified.

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In Michigan, companies have begun to recover, businesses are hiring and the economy is humming again. But recovery has remained elusive for many families whose struggles have been exacerbated by severe cuts to social safety nets, education and social programs.

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Outreach workers from health clinics have spent the last three years in search of 390,000 Los Angeles County residents who are uninsured and can qualify for free health insurance.

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Since the auto is becoming a luxury item in terms of cost and fuel, and because environmentally speaking, using a personal auto is becoming a less desirable option, it's important for Southern California urban planners to come up with transportation options.

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Even as much of California’s housing market has begun to recover, foreclosures and vacant homes continue to plague the South Los Angeles community of Watts.

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A reprieve for federal long-term care legislation, a possible FBI investigation of a hospital chain, and woes for Lap-Band marketers, plus more in our Daily Briefing.

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At the first meeting of my fellow fellows, we were asked a simple question, "do you consider yourself a journalist?" My answer at the time was, "no." My answer today would be different.

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The embattled U.N. World Food Program reports that 13 million people have been affected by drought and famine in the Horn of Africa. It's a huge health story, but how can journalists report on it well?

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William Heisel interviews Delaware journalist Jonathan Starkey about how he uncovered life-threatening denials of diagnostic tests by an insurer.

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Journalist Yesenia Amaro examines how some small businesses will cope with health reform as their health costs for workers continue to soar.

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