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Every ER has patients like "Sam." The staff call them "frequent fliers" because they patch them up and discharge them, only to watch them return an hour or a day or a week later with another problem.  How much should the health care system spend to help someone who won't help himself? 

 

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Tulare County, a poor, semi-rural county in California's Central Valley, has a one-third of its population on Medi-Cal — California's version of Medicaid. This is more than any other county in the state, yet the resources to care for the Medi-Cal population are few.

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It takes a certain kind of stubbornness and stick-to-it-ness to develop a successful online news site or a popular blog, especially if you are writing about the civic life of your community — not fashion tidbits or celebrity gossip. We are working with these news innovators to expand their health reporting.

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“Tenemos los baños y los break rooms (cuartos de descanso de los empleados)”, respondió Perla Rodríguez, vocera de los supermercados Mi Pueblo, cuando se le preguntó si la compañía les ofrece a las empleadas que amamantan un lugar especial para extraerse la leche.

Al mencionársele que los baños no eran considerados higiénicos para tal uso y los cuartos de descanso de los trabajadores no brindaban la privacidad necesaria, sugirió que las empleadas podían entonces usar las oficinas donde se llevan a cabo las reuniones de los directivos de la empresa. Aunque aclaró que nunca se ha presentando el caso. Y dijo que todos los trabajadores reciben sus descansos.

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Who will be the winners and losers amid health reform's planned expansion of Medicaid? In her reporting, Danielle Ivory finds shifting power dynamics and unexpected financial risks for insurers. 

 

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In California’s largest cities, one senses that the number of homeless people continues to grow, whatever the interventions to prevent it. But some of the more commonly cited reasons for that growth don't explain the whole story.

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We all live in fear of that moment of diagnosis. You know it's bad, and your brain flees, backing away into a deep, silent corner. Only the words incurable and cancer slither into the darkness where your thoughts are hiding. So what happens that night if you're homeless?

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Why are TB cases declining so dramatically in California? Answers and more in our Daily Briefing.

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A new study suggests that the risks of Lap-Band surgery could outweigh the weight-loss benefits, plus more from our Daily Briefing.

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Do the competing bills put forward by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sens. Charles Grassley and Ron Wyden have a chance of becoming law? This webinar will give an overview of the proposals and weigh in on the future of the battle to curb soaring drug prices. Sign-up here!

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