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Court upholds health law but limits power of Congress

June 28, 2012

By Daniel Weintraub

Today’s Supreme Court decision on President Obama’s health care law will help millions of Californians gain access to health insurance, and the decision could jump start Obama’s reelection campaign. But in an odd twist, even while upholding the law, Chief Justice John Roberts also gave a major legal victory to conservatives, ruling that Congress does not have the power under the Constitution’s Commerce Clause to require people to buy insurance.

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Santa Ana residents march for peace

June 28, 2012

Santa Ana residents march for peace

By Helen Afrasiabi

Santa Ana residents worry that their children will come to accept violence as normal in the wake of ongoing gang violence in the city.

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After six decades of fracking, regulation considered

June 27, 2012

By Hannah Guzik

Some 60 years after hydraulic fracturing began at Sespe field in Fillmore, state officials are trying to decide whether to tighten rules on the “fracking” operation, as it is known, and dozens of others like it in the state.

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‘Adventures with Vegetables’ sends message of healthy eating

June 26, 2012

‘Adventures with Vegetables’ sends message of healthy eating

By Melissa Flores

A series of short plays, created with Latino families in mind, aims to create fun and educational fare about healthy eating.

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Decision on health law expected Thursday

June 25, 2012

The US Supreme Court did not release its ruling Monday on the fate of President Obama’s health care law. It now appears that the decision will come down Thursday at 10 a.m. eastern time.

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Brave New Medicine

June 25, 2012

By Suzanne Potter

Claudia Lopez tries to comfort her 9-month-old son Brian as the doctor examines the baby to figure out why he’d been vomiting all night. She explains, in Spanish, why she relies on this low-cost clinic: “I need this place because I make so little at work and I don’t have insurance.” Lopez is 26 years old – a single mother of three – who had to quit school at 14 years old when her parents brought her to the U.S. from Mexico and sent her to work in the fields. Lopez is a typical patient at Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo, a network of low-cost clinics in Riverside and Imperial Counties; their name translates as “Community Health Clinic.”

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Program trains teens in violence prevention

June 24, 2012

By Marnette Federis

Long known as one of the most violent cities in California, Oakland is taking a novel step to try to reduce crime: empowering children to train one another in violence prevention.

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Preparations for reform may leave lasting changes

June 24, 2012

By Mary Flynn

The Affordable Care Act allows for about 32 million newly insured Americans by 2019, and three to four million eligible by 2014. Federal health care reform might not survive after a Supreme Court decision expected this week, but the preparations for an influx of new patients may have already changed the health care system.

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Foster the Children

June 22, 2012

By Robert Fulton

When doctors diagnosed Carla Vance with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma two years ago, the then 16-year-old had been in the Los Angeles County foster care system for seven years. Medi-Cal will help with her coverage until she is 21. But what happens after that? The answer to that question depends in part on the Supreme Court’s ruling on health care reform.

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Advocates angered by Healthy Families elimination

June 21, 2012

Advocates for California children were outraged Thursday when Democrats in the Legislature disclosed that they had accepted Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to eliminate the Healthy Families insurance program next year.

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