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Nearly 6 million Californians lack access to jobs-based health coverage

November 30, 2010

Living in a household with someone who has a job is no guarantee that a Californian will have access to job-based health insurance, according to a report from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

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Arizona-style immigration law proposed for California ballot

November 23, 2010

A ballot measure that would make it state crimes to hire an illegal immigrant and for illegal immigrants to seek work under false pretenses will soon be circulating on the streets of California. The measure’s sponsors have been given the go-ahead by the secretary of state to begin collecting signatures to place their proposal on the ballot.

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Online community helps clinics collaborate

November 22, 2010

Community clinics are facing increased caseloads due to the recession and the coming expansion of access under the federal health reform law. But many operate on a shoestring, struggling to serve clients in a stressful environment. One way they can cope is through collaboration, and many do as part of an online community known as the Community Clinic Voice. The public can listen in, too. Sue Dormanen contributed this article about the community.

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Employment gains but unemployment remains flat at 12.4 percent

November 22, 2010

California employers added a net of 39,000 jobs in October, but the state’s unemployment rate remained unchanged at 12.4 percent, according to the latest numbers from the Employment Development Department.

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Communities in need of doctors should promote a partnership

November 19, 2010

Many rural and inner city communities in California have a shortage of primary care doctors. But the state’s programs to incentivize doctors to work in underserved communities have fallen short, even with an attractive offer of student debt forgiveness. Why? One reason is that new doctors are offered jobs with big medical groups where they can practice medicine and not have to worry about running a business as they would if they were on their own. In this piece, Dr. Ronald Fong sketches out a vision where people in the community with business skills work with new doctors to create a partnership that will benefit both.

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The Rise of the Contingent Workforce in California

November 18, 2010

By most recent count, the Great Recession has resulted in a loss of more than 1.4 million payroll jobs in California. Beyond the job losses, though, the Great Recession also has brought changes in the structure of work in California. It will be some time before we recognize the full extent of these changes. But one is likely to be the continued weakening of the employer-employee structure that characterized work in California for more than four decades after World War II.

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Parents expect kids to go to college but they don’t know how they are going to pay for it

November 18, 2010

Nearly 9 out of 10 California parents expect their youngest child to graduate from college or even graduate school, but many are concerned about how they — and the state — are going to pay for that education, according to a new poll from the Public Policy Institute of California.

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Illegal tobacco sales to minors hit all-time low

November 17, 2010

Illegal tobacco sales to minors in California reached an all-time low in the most recent survey of retailers by the California Department of Public Health. Sales to customers under age 18 were completed in just 7.7 percent of 742 transactions attempted, the department said. That’s down from 8.6 percent last year and 37 percent when the surveys began in 1995.

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California last among states in caring for children with special health care needs

November 17, 2010

California ranked worst in the nation on an index that measures whether children with special health needs have insurance and medical care, according to a study released today.

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School water fountains a problem for kids trying to ‘Rethink their drink’

November 16, 2010

It isn’t always easy to find a drink of water at school.

Unfortunately, this is a comment we hear a lot when we talk to children about the health benefits of drinking water instead of sugary, high-calorie drinks. Such a refrain is obviously a concern for a network of nutrition professionals, so this year we set out to learn more about the water situation in schools, how it shapes children’s drinking habits and water’s role in the fight against obesity.

We found that water sources on North Coast campuses are sometimes limited to dirty or poorly functioning drinking fountains or water that sells for as much as $1 a bottle. Kids told us the scarcity of appealing or free drinking water at school makes it difficult to follow a key message of our “ReThink Your Drink” lessons, which is to choose water over sugar-sweetened drinks.

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