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After the state expanded Medicaid under the ACA, Washington state health officials noticed that people who were focused on survival were letting their health needs fall by the wayside.
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New research from RAND finds LA's program to get people off the street and into permanent, supportive housing led to fewer heath visits and a net savings for the county.
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 On Jan. 1, Californians in the state's Medicaid dental program will once again have full dental coverage. But the program's low rates mean many dentists won't see them.
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The stopgap bill approved by Congress this week will extend funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program for a few more months. That's far from what the program's supporters were hoping for.
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Earlier this week, Harvard researchers released a study that makes a downright gloomy prediction: Nearly six in 10 of today’s children will be obese by age 35, if current trends continue.
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Native organizations and advocates across the United States are seeking to get young Native people to switch from drinking sugary beverages, such as soda and energy drinks, to water.
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According to one recent report, Alabama ranks highest when in scores for American Indian children, while Maine is tops for Latinos. What’s going on here?
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The research suggests that less advertising tied to the Affordable Care Act will lead to less informed consumers, fewer online visitors to health exchanges and lower enrollments.
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“I think one of the things that’s changing is the desire to let people see themselves in the data,” ProPublica's Charlie Ornstein told fellow journalists at the 2017 California Data Fellowship on Saturday.
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“California is way better situated to handle a lot of the bumps that are happening right now than pretty much any other state,” AP's Meghan Hoyer told journalists this week.

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