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In the 2013 legislative session, lawmakers sought to mitigate the impact of 2011 budget cuts with the largest financial package for women’s health services in state history. Yet, women’s health advocates have raised concerns that the financing does not go far enough and about abortion restrictions.

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Startup companies bet locally sourced fish, produced in self-sustaining habitats, can win over city-dwellers

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Journalist Yesenia Amaro examines how some small businesses will cope with health reform as their health costs for workers continue to soar.

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Records show that the financial troubles that forced the closure of Mee Memorial Hospital began as early as a year prior. Despite ambitions to deliver adequate patient care, the hospital's money problems continued to worsen.

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The Rev. Clyde W. Oden is senior pastor of Bryant Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church. He was first appointed to the church by Bishop John R. Bryant in November 2002. One of the fastest growing A.M.E. churches in Southern California, Bryant Temple has developed a number of new ministries under the pastoral leadership of the Rev. Dr. Oden and his wife, Velma, including a heath ministry with a focus on diabetes, mental health, HIV/AIDS and bone marrow and blood donations, and a Free N One Ministry directed at people dealing with drug and alcohol addiction. The Rev. Dr.

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Dr. Steven A. Schroeder is distinguished professor of health and health care in the division of general internal medicine in the department of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, where he also heads the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center. Between 1990 and 2002, he was president and chief executive officer of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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Grace Caliendo is president and chief executive officer of the John Muir Community Health Fund, a philanthropy program that awards $1 million annually in grants to community-based programs and strategic initiatives that aim to make an impact on challenges and circumstances that adversely affect the health of uninsured and underserved families, children and youth, seniors and other adults.

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Francisco Carrillo is founder, president and chief executive officer of the SIMNSA Health Plan, a licensed California health care service plan. In 2000, SIMNSA became the first Mexican organization to attain regulatory approval in the state of California, with the issuance of its Knox-Keene license. To this day, it is the only Mexican company to be licensed as such in the United States. In 1998, Carrillo played an instrumental role in the development and passage of legislation that amended California law and created opportunities for true cross-border health plans in California.

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Castulo de la Rocha, J.D., is president and chief executive officer of AltaMed Health Services Corp. in Los Angeles. He has been a community health leader for more than two decades. He is a member of the executive committee of the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California; the Latino Issues Forum; AIDS ACTION; the "I Have a Dream Foundation," and the National Association of Community Health Centers, Inc.

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