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Lawmakers try to restore cancer screening for uninsured women

July 12, 2010

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger last year restricted eligibility and froze enrollment in a program that provides breast and cervical exams for uninsured women. Now Democrats in the Legislature are trying to restore the service. HealthyCal correspondent Megan Baier has the story.

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Private health plans push back against governor’s proposal

July 12, 2010

The managed health care industry is pushing back against Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s proposal for more transparency and state oversight — but not regulation — of the premiums insurance companies charge their customers.

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Schwarzenegger proposes insurance rate review, but not regulation

July 7, 2010

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has opposed regulating the rates charged by health insurance companies, has submitted a proposal to the federal government for a state program to review and publicize rate increases before they go into effect.

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Brown, Whitman in dead heat for governor

July 7, 2010

Democrat Jerry Brown and Republican Meg Whitman are in a virtual tie in their race for governor, according to the latest Field Poll released today. Brown leads 44-43, which is within the survey’s margin of error. Here are some of the most interesting nuggets from the poll:

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ARB moves to limit greenhouse gas from development, transportation

July 6, 2010

The California Air Resources Board is taking the first steps to implement a new state law that will eventually require local governments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by better coordinating land-use planning, development and transportation. The board is considering targets for each region that would require the four largest metropolitan areas in the state to reduce their per-capita emissions in 2020 to 5 percent to 10 percent below the levels that existed in 2005.

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Santa Clara proposes new tax for Healthy Kids program

July 6, 2010

Santa Clara County leaders are proposing a $29 parcel tax to save a model program that has helped the county provide insurance to nearly every child who was without coverage.

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Fiorina on health reform: repeal, then replace

July 1, 2010

The Republican nominee for the US Senate says she favors importation of drugs from Canada, a government-run high-risk pool for the uninsured, and more funding for community clinics to serve the poor. She would also like to see health insurance premiums tied to consumer behavior.

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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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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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