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Public Policy Institute of California

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The state is on the cusp of becoming the first to offer all residents health care coverage, regardless of their immigration status.
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Inmates who cycle in and out of jail can drive up incarceration and health care costs, says researcher Shannon McConville. Can Medicaid make a meaningful difference?

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Our Remaking Health Care blog talks with Shannon McConville of the Public Policy Institute of California about how the health care safety net has fared under Obamacare, as well as other developments reporters should keep tabs on.

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Facing a $55-million deficit during the Great Recession, Sacramento County officials made a choice: To save money, they would close their free health clinics to people who entered the country illegally. Six years later, they want to reverse that decision.

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For uninsured California immigrants, which side of a county line they live can significantly affect the care available when they're sick. And Obamacare reforms are complicating choices for local officials as they consider what, if any, healthcare should be provided for the remaining uninsured.

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Undocumented patients and mixed status families pose special challenges for health care providers.

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Why is the high school dropout rate in the San Joaquin Valley among the highest in the California? CapRadio will produce a documentary that tells stories of youth and adults touched by the dropout crisis with accuracy, depth, nuance and respect.

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After several years on the health beat, I've learned that covering health more comprehensively means paying more attention to how people’s health is affected by where they live.

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During the month of April, Vida en el Valle ran a four-part series - called Latinos Protecting La Tierra – about environmental advocates from across the state. Why did we focus on the people fighting the environmental battles, rather than the issue itself?

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