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The Affordable Care Act establishes national standards for health insurance benefits. Should the standards be different for children than for adults? Here are the lessons that 2012 National Health Journalism Fellow Elaine Korry learned during her reporting for The California Report.

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It’s difficult to deal with any kind of illness when it hits. But when it affects your emotional and psychological health, it’s often impossible to even describe.

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HuffPo Health: Orac of the Respectful Insolence blog opines on the new Huffington Post health section, and it’s not pretty: “A soon-to-be one-stop shop for quackery.”

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We continue our 5-part series on the high cost of health care in America.

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We continue our 5-part series on the high cost of health care in America.

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When a major insurance company goes under in California's strained healthcare system, the reverberations run deep.

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Cindy Ehnes is director of the California Department of Managed Care. She also is an attorney with 25 years of legal experience, much in the area of health insurance and regulatory law. She served previously in the Department as the Deputy Director for Plan and Provider Relations, as a liaison to HMOs, doctors, hospitals and other providers. Her most recent position was as division manager of the self-funded health plans unit serving 300,000 members at the California Public Employees' Retirement System. Cindy brings a substantial patients' rights and health care background.

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The pandemic has thrown into brutal relief the extent to which the U.S. health care system produces worse outcomes for patients of color. And yet there has been scant focus on one of the biggest drivers of structural racism in health care: How doctors and hospitals are paid. In this webinar, we’ll highlight the ways in which the health care system’s focus on money and good grades is shortchanging the health of communities of color. Sign-up here!

U.S. children and teens have struggled with increasing rates of depression, anxiety and suicidal behavior for much of the past decade. Join us as we explore the systemic causes and policy failures that have accelerated the crisis and its inequitable impact, as well as promising community-driven approaches and evidence-based practices. The webinar will provide fresh ideas for reporting on the mental health of youth and investigating the systems and services. Sign-up here!

The USC Center for Health Journalism at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism is seeking two Engagement Editors and a social media consultant to join its team. Learn more about the positions and apply.

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