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Keishan Ross sits through a hearing before Judge Michael Orlando on Feb.17, 2017, to determine where he will end up next.

Disabled Florida teen stuck in jail purgatory may get treatment

The intellectually disabled teen has spent most of his adolescence bouncing between juvenile jail and a mental health program that cannot help him get better.
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Future of the Affordable Care Act: Is Affordable Health Care Possible?

The Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. the Obamacare or ACA) was introduced in March 2010 and ever since day one - it has been labeled as a well-intentioned attempt to make healthcare accessible to the widest number of people, with a specific target on households with low incomes. The idea was good on paper as it aimed to assimilate the health care...
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What does health reform’s uncertain future mean for Latinos left out of the health care system?

How will the Republicans’ pledge to repeal and replace the ACA change the plight of Latinos who already struggle to afford and access health care?
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Rise in Texas maternal deaths absent from legislative agenda

Every Texas legislator should know by now that more mothers are dying less than a year after giving birth. At least that’s what Lisa Hollier believes.
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A Public Death: Bill Paxton’s surgery-related death should raise tough questions

Paxton’s death should prompt reporters to seek out expert opinions and remind readers of the very real risks that come with medical interventions.
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State health agencies face new question: How to ask if someone is gay or transgender?

Soon Californians will find themselves being asked to divulge their sexual orientation and gender identity to state health officials. But will people be willing to divulge such personal information?
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Why are white men in Kern County dying so young?

An invisible disease has been killing middle-aged white people in the San Joaquin Valley at higher rates than ever before. One doctor calls them "deaths of despair."
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Should the cost of having a baby be shared, or is it an unfair burden on those with no such plans?

Conservatives have long taken issue with Obamacare’s requirement that plans cover maternity care, and now they're in a position to do something about it.

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