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Across the country, politicians, reform advocates and the bail industry are waiting to see what happens next.
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An investigation into a Sacramento gun range ultimately spurred new legislation to better protect workers from lead poisoning.
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Even as valley fever cases are sharply increasing in Central California, Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed legislation that would have created programs to inform the public about the little-known respiratory disease.
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This week, California officially begins enrolling eligible undocumented kids in the state's Medicaid program. Here are a few things to keep an eye out for as the enrollment effort gets going.

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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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When LA Times reporter Soumya Karlamangla started looking into health care policies affecting immigrants, she had no idea how fast the California policy landscape was about to change. Reflecting on her reporting journey over the past year, Karlamangla offers key tips for staying ahead of the story.

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A confluence of more Californian's becoming Medicaid eligible under the Affordable Care Act and a battle over provider reimbursements rates - some of the lowest in the nation - make for interesting times in the Golden State.

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As we have seen with air pollution, tobacco use, and other public health concerns, when California starts setting policy on a topic, it can have a powerful effect nationally.

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Just three years after California Attorney General Jerry Brown – now the governor – announced a newly improved prescription drug tracking system while standing beside a dad who lost his children as a result of prescription drug abuse, that system is all but useless.

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After his two children were killed by a driver high on painkillers, Bob Pack worked with California's existing database of prescriptions to create what he called "a built-in red flag system" to help identify prescription drug abuse.

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