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New insurance market taking shape

June 2, 2013
California’s new health insurance marketplace is starting to come into focus as a state agency in charge of implementing President Obama’s federal health reform steadily adds more and more detail to the emerging picture, like a painter filling in a vast canvass. But exactly how the final image will look to consumers remains a bit murky. And we probably won’t know the answer until after the health benefits exchange, known as Covered California, opens for business Oct. 1. Daniel Weintraub's weekly essay.

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A last chance for San Diego kids

May 30, 2013
A unique San Diego diversion program may be the last chance for many troubled local kids to stay out of the criminal justice system.

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Your personal fitness data intrigues academics

May 28, 2013
Your personal fitness data intrigues academics Researchers at UC San Diego and UC Irvine have launched a project to examine the potential of using data from personal fitness monitors to help scientists explore public health and social science issues.

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California is richest, poorest state

May 27, 2013
It’s fair to say that California is the richest state in the nation. We have more millionaires than any other state, and mansions dot our coastal bluffs and inland canyons. But California is also, arguably, the poorest state in the nation. We have more people in poverty -- 6.1 million -- and more children in poverty than any other state. Even more ominously, a new measure of poverty shows that California has the highest percentage of its population living below the poverty line. Daniel Weintraub's weekly essay.

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Designers eye vast market: older adults

May 26, 2013
Retailers and the designers who work for them are beginning to eye a vast new market: older adults with a taste for style and money to spend. Matt Perry's latest column on aging with dignity.

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Instead of prison, felons get jail and rehab

May 21, 2013
Instead of prison, felons get jail and rehab By Lynn Graebner After serving time in jail, a three-step program helps men in Santa Cruz county make a new life after a felony conviction.

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Brown gets push-back on school reform

May 20, 2013
Gov. Jerry Brown and his fellow Democrats in the state Legislature are headed for a showdown over the way California pays for its public schools. Brown is proposing a revolutionary plan to give extra state aid to schools that teach large numbers of poor and immigrant children. But he is getting pushback from some in the Legislature who think his plan goes too far – at the expense of the general-purpose money that every school district receives. Daniel Weintraub's weekly essay.

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Counties still not prepared to offer expanded mental health care

May 16, 2013
Counties still not prepared to offer expanded mental health care By Alexia Underwood More than one million people in California suffer from mental illness – the largest number of any state. When the final phase of the new health care law starts in January of next year, more California residents than ever before will be able to seek help for problems ranging from depression, anxiety, and addiction to schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. But mental health providers in the state’s Central Valley are unprepared for an influx of thousands of patients.

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Curanderismo is alive and well in America

May 15, 2013
When Charles Garcia looks at a garden, he doesn't see plants. He sees medicine, heritage, art and magic. A curandero, Garcia practices traditional folk healing – curanderismo – the way his mother, grandmother and grandfather did. “It's a combination of what the Spanish padres, the ranchers and the natives practiced,” Garcia said. “That was the beginning of California curanderismo.” Curanderismo is still widely used in Mexico, Central and South America, and is making a comeback here in California and across the Southwest, especially as immigrant populations grow.

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Poor health care moving from prison to jails

May 15, 2013
Poor health care moving from prison to jails By Mary Flynn California’s sweeping criminal justice reform plan, in place since October 2011, was meant to sharply reduce the state’s prison population. But the changes may have also had the unintended consequence of passing along the biggest problem associated with overcrowding – poor health care – to county jails.

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