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A review of internal records and interviews with a dozen current and former health department staff show what expertise it possesses has long been muzzled or ignored.
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Homelessness divides Olympia and forces people to re-examine their politics. Emotions converge on an encampment under the Fourth Avenue Bridge.
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Flanked by a large mural of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., on the anniversary of his assassination, officials on Thursday said they intend to roll out a series of poverty-fighting legislative proposals in the coming month.
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A San Diego Business Journal examination, which included multiple public records requests, revealed the extent of the patient backlog.
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On health care, the talk from presidential candidates has been way too sketchy and uninformative, argues contributing editor Trudy Lieberman. Policy details remain vague, and no one has gotten to the heart of what ails the system.

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Even after Obamacare, millions of people still don't have health coverage in California. How are these remaining uninsured going to be taken care of? That question has yet to be answered, but the debate around the issue -- which is tricky politically and financially -- is bound to be contentious.

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As the nation prepares for the Affordable Care Act, some undocumented parents have found themselves in an immigration and health care bind: how do they enroll their child in a health care exchange without disclosing their immigration status?

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With 20 days to go before people can buy health insurance to comply with the Affordable Care Act mandate, insurance agents have qualms and one predicted chaos. A Covered California spokesman is confident in their readiness.

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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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The Affordable Care Act was crafted with an ambitious goal of expanding health care coverage to millions of uninsured Americans. But they won’t enroll if they don’t know about available policies or if it’s too cumbersome or confusing to sign up for coverage.

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