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Critics fear a two-tier health system where the rich take priority over the rest. They argue concierge care will rob the system of needed physicians and hurt access to care for poorer patients.
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A new study shows the gains made in getting kids to the doctor since the turn of the millennium, and clarifies what’s at stake should public coverage programs undergo significant cutbacks.
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In the largely rural Central San Joaquin Valley, a reporter tracking efforts to expand access to health care in the wake of Obamacare finds that "many of the most effective outreach tools at play involve very little technology."
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A complaint filed this week alleges that California is engaging in unlawful discrimination by paying some of the lowest reimbursement rates in the country to the state’s Medicaid providers. As some coverage pointed out, the notion that low rates are limiting access to doctors is “not unfounded."

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By Na Li

As the number of California Medicaid enrollees signing up for coverage has grown, the number of doctors hasn't always been able to meet the demand for care. The problem has been especially acute among Chinese-Americans, many of whom struggle to find physicians willing to see them.

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Cansada por el peso de la edad, y con un deterioro progresivo de su cuerpo debido a la diabetes, Juana está pendiente de las noticias, desde que supo que hay una propuesta de ley en California para brindar seguro médico a las personas que, como ella, no tienen documentos.

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Exhausted from the burden of her age and diabetes, Juana now pays more attention to the news. She recently learned of a California proposal to offer health insurance to people who are undocumented.

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Figuring out how to couch health policy stories in broader narratives can be a challenge, but trotting out different storytelling approaches becomes increasingly important when it comes to policy topics such as Obamacare that are in the news every day.

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What happens when the profit incentive takes over dental care for underserved schoolkids?

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With the right data and good s to point you to personal stories, you can find where people are having trouble receiving medical care and tell an important story.

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