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Education levels, health coverage, linked in new study

June 18, 2010
California women without a high school diploma are nearly four times more likely to be uninsured as women with a college degree, according to a new study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. Four in ten women without a high school diploma were uninsured in 2007, compared to 11 percent of women who have graduated from college.

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Consumer group suggests robust insurance exchange

June 16, 2010
A leading consumer group is pushing the Legislature to take full advantage of flexibility in the new federal health reform that that allows the state to establish an insurance pool for individuals and small businesses. In a report released today, CalPIRG calls the insurance exchange a "game-changer" that will give small purchasers of health insurance the same clout in the marketplace long enjoyed by large employers and institutions -- but only if the Legislature designs it right.

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Assembly approves bill to expand coverage for people with pre-existing conditions

June 14, 2010
California lawmakers have taken the first steps toward putting in place a part of the federal health reform designed to make it easier for people with previous medical conditions to buy insurance. The Assembly on Monday passed AB 1887, by Assemblyman Mike Villines, which will make California eligible for about $760 million in federal money over the next three and a half years to manage an insurance pool for high-risk consumers and subsidize their coverage.

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The link between urban design and health

June 11, 2010
Health policy, Dr. Richard Jackson says, is about more than medical care. It is about farm policy. Transportation. Housing. And so much more. Because how healthy we are is determined largely by where and how we live. Jackson, a professor of Environmental Health Services at the UCLA School of Public Health and the former state health officer for California, is an expert on the connections between urban design and health. He was the lead speaker at a conference in Sacramento last month that brought together environmentalists, planners, physicians and developers to share ideas and look for common ground on issues connecting the urban environment and health.

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Show the Legislature how to balance the budget

June 10, 2010
Next 10, a nonprofit based in the Silicon Valley, does a great job with its online Budget Challenge, which allows anyone to try their hand at balancing the state budget. The challenge offers a variety of cuts and tax increases and explains the background and context of each. Give it a shot and see how well you do at erasing the state's $19 billion shortfall. You can find the challenge here.

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Republican nominees want to undo federal health bill

June 9, 2010
Independent opinion polls show that a majority of Californians back federal health reform, but Tuesday's primary election results will put those surveys to the test this fall. The two business executives Republicans nominated for governor and U.S. Senate both oppose the federal bill and have vowed to try to undo it.

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Urban Land Institute calls for streamlining of California Environmental law

June 8, 2010
California's landmark environmental protection law represents a barrier to building more compact, transit-friendly communities that can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new report from the Urban Land Institute.

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Field Poll: only one-third of voters will turn out today

June 8, 2010
Only about one-third of California's 17 million voters are expected to vote in today's primary election, according to a Field Poll released this morning. This would be the lowest turnout ever for a gubernatorial primary. Download the full poll by clicking here.

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California’s white population declines by half million in 8 years

June 6, 2010
California's white population is shrinking, both in raw numbers and as a percentage of the state's population, according to a new demographic report from the state's Department of Finance. Numbers for the years 2000 through 2008 show that the state lost 518,000 whites, from natural causes -- deaths exceeding births -- and from out-migration to other states and countries. Whites were the only racial or ethnic group to decline in raw numbers during that period.

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New poll: Californians back federal health reform

June 3, 2010
Californians are happier with the federal health reform legislation than other Americans, but many state voters say more changes are needed and others would like to repeal what Congress and President Obama have already done, according to a new, independent poll released Thursday.

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