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In the Central Valley, Abortion Clinics Are Few and Far Between

May 24, 2017
In the Central Valley, Abortion Clinics Are Few and Far Between By Hannah Guzik Rosalinda Hernandez-Guzman grew up in the same Central Valley town where she is now raising her daughter. Visalia is rich in agriculture — rows of grapes, olives and citrus ring the city — but it falls behind the rest of California in access to reproductive health services.

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Cuts to Medicaid Could Thwart California’s Plans for Universal Health Care

May 19, 2017
Cuts to Medicaid Could Thwart California’s Plans for Universal Health Care As Republicans work to dismantle the national Affordable Care Act, a bill to create universal health care coverage in California continues to wind its way through the legislature.

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Slashing Payments to Planned Parenthood Will Limit Access to Care in Central Valley

May 16, 2017
Slashing Payments to Planned Parenthood Will Limit Access to Care in Central Valley By Linda Childers Planned Parenthood is a major provider of reproductive health care to primarily low-income men and women and those who live in underserved communities, says Kathy Kneer, CEO and president of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California. For some, it’s their only source of health care.

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How Children Are Swept Up in California’s Opioid Crisis

May 9, 2017
How Children Are Swept Up in California’s Opioid Crisis By Derek Walter Doctors across the state say that in addition to treating more babies who are born with an addiction, they’re seeing an increase in children and teens who are addicted to opiates, a class of highly-addictive drugs.

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California Advocates React to American Health Care Act

May 8, 2017
California Advocates React to American Health Care Act By Lisa Renner Five million of California’s poorest and most vulnerable residents could lose their health coverage if the American Health Care Act becomes law, health advocates say. 

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Palliative Care Coming for 7,400 Medi-Cal Patients, But Others Will Be Left Out

May 2, 2017
Palliative Care Coming for 7,400 Medi-Cal Patients, But Others Will Be Left Out By Hannah Guzik When Kirsten Dearing stands up, her autonomic nervous system goes haywire, causing her blood pressure to plummet and her heart to race. It’s a condition that sometimes leaves the Santa Rosa resident unable to cope with everyday tasks, and she’s spent the last two years trying to sort through possible medications, weighing side effects against her debilitating symptoms.

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State Legislators Introduce Bills to Try to Prevent Changes to Women’s Health Coverage

May 1, 2017
State Legislators Introduce Bills to Try to Prevent Changes to Women’s Health Coverage By Hannah Guzik In an attempt to shield the state from federal policy changes, California legislators are working on a series of women’s health bills.

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LGBT Clinic Opens in Ventura to Fill Gaping Need for Health Care

April 26, 2017
LGBT Clinic Opens in Ventura to Fill Gaping Need for Health Care By Hannah Guzik A Ventura clinic is the first health center in the Central Coast region specifically for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. In a time when mainstream culture has made strides in recognizing LGBT rights, access to culturally sensitive health care remains out of reach for many who identify outside traditional gender or sexual norms.

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Sobering Center Offers Homeless a Second Chance

April 17, 2017
Sobering Center Offers Homeless a Second Chance By Chris Richard The beds lie in neat rows in the dim light, elongated shallow bowls of heavy plastic, each cradling a waterproof mattress. They’re built to contain the urine and vomit of drunkenness, then to be ready for service again after a quick wash and treatment with disinfectant.

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Driven By High Asthma Rates, Central Valley Tries to Improve Indoor Air Quality

March 23, 2017
Driven By High Asthma Rates, Central Valley Tries to Improve Indoor Air Quality By Linda Childers Launched in 2013, the Asthma Impact Model, focuses on helping low-income families in the Central Valley better manage their children’s asthma, thus avoiding ER visits. The program was designed by the Central California Asthma Collaborative and Clinica Sierra Vista, a Fresno health clinic.

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