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Single payer plan advances in Assembly

June 30, 2010

The California Legislature is moving on two fronts when it comes to health care reform. On a bipartisan basis, lawmakers have passed a bill to create a high-risk pool to expand access to health insurance for people who have been denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions. At the same time, though, the Democrats who control the Legislature are pushing forward with doomed legislation that would create a Canadian-style single payer health plan.

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South Sacramento games to unite community

June 30, 2010

On Saturday, July 17, South Sacramento residents and organizations will celebrate a year’s worth of planning efforts towards building a healthier region through the “South Sacramento Games.” The South Sacramento region faces many challenges, from unhealthy food and lack of health care to inadequate transportation and violence. Residents have banded together to build a healthier community over the next decade.

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SF kicks off Gas-Free Fridays

June 30, 2010

Furlough Fridays may be history, but Gas-Free Fridays have only just begun. The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is urging city residents and commuters to avoid internal combustion engines on Fridays in July by cycling to work, shop and play. Half of all trips in the city are under two miles, the coalition says, and most of those can be easily done by bike.

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Report shows health disparties between white and minority boys and young men

June 30, 2010

Boys and men of color are more than twice as likely as white boys and men to suffer from poor health and the effects of violence and other trauma, according to a report released today by the California Endowment, a nonprofit foundation focused on the connections between place and health.

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Senate passes bills to create high-risk pool

June 28, 2010

The state Senate has passed legislation to create a high-risk insurance pool for people who have been denied private coverage because of previous medical conditions. The pool, to be financed with $760 million in federal money, is the first tangible impact from the passage of federal health reform earlier this year.

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Will Hiring Ever Return in California?

June 28, 2010

In almost every recession, experts and laypeople alike begin to think that California is undergoing a fundamental structural shift that will mean a permanent loss of jobs. It looks as if employment growth will never come again. Until it does.

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Potential parking reduction boxes in San Diego

June 26, 2010

San Diego is stuck in a tight spot when it comes to parking. As the city gears up to change its parking requirements for new construction, debate has centered on whether to house people or to house cars. Megan Burks has the story.

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Basic costs in California: $75,000 for a family of four

June 25, 2010

It costs about $75,000 to support a family of four for a year in California on a basic budget — without money for savings, vacations or emergencies, according to the latest study of living costs from the California Budget Project.

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Anthem admits privacy breach, offers customers credit monitoring

June 24, 2010

Anthem Blue Cross has notified 230,000 California customers that personal data they submitted to the insurance company via the Internet may have been improperly viewed by others. The data breach occurred when the firm was upgrading the software that customers use to track their online applications for insurance coverage.

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Whooping cough is epidemic, Public Health director says

June 23, 2010

California is on pace to suffer the most illness and death due to pertussis, or “whooping cough,” in 50 years, Public Health Director Mark Horton said Wednesday.

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