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This week, California officially begins enrolling eligible undocumented kids in the state's Medicaid program. Here are a few things to keep an eye out for as the enrollment effort gets going.

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Thoughtful comparisons can make all the difference for your audience. For example, the threat of Ebola in the U.S. seems scary until you compare it to drunk drivers, who killed 12,000 in the U.S. in 2014. Ebola killed two.

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What looks like a straightforward framework to protect California’s budget from escalating drug costs has policy experts perplexed, and potential allies on the sidelines.

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Despite recent cost-cutting measures, California’s spending on pharmaceuticals has gone up, and so has the number of pricey drugs it is covering. It’s not clear state agencies have the means to balance drug cost pressures with the best interests of patients, taxpayers and public health.

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Media coverage of unaccompanied minors has subsided in the past couple of months, although immigration hearings and deportations continue. Meanwhile, what do we know so far about the quality of health care provided to such minors?

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What happens when the only psychiatric hospital in California’s North Coast region shuts its doors? Where do people who are experiencing psychiatric emergencies find immediate help?

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In California, kids and young adults in need of mental health care are getting lost in the system. Advocates say many families are stuck on waiting lists, while other youths end up in the juvenile justice system after their families run out of options that don’t involve law enforcement.

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Nearly 4 million Californians lack health insurance coverage, and nearly three out of five uninsured residents are Latino or Hispanic. Is the state and its health exchange, Covered California, doing enough to get Latinos insured?

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Obamacare enabled a wave of residents in California’s Central San Joaquin Valley to get health insurance, but finding doctors has been a recurring challenge for many. Is there any relief on the horizon?

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“Dollars that were intended for a wide array of medical services started being gobbled up by just one drug,” said Charles Bacchi, president of an industry trade group.

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