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Health Care

Sacramento's Black Community Wants Racial Justice After Stephon Clark's Death. But This Isn’t The First Push To Save Black Lives.

May 21, 2018 | Sammy Caiola

In the wake of Stephon Clark’s death, a new conversation emerged between black residents and local government. But neighborhood leaders said they’ve been pointing out racial inequality — and the role it plays in the deaths of black youth — for years.

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Health Care

Need A Ride To The Doctor? UC Davis Will Call Some Pregnant Women A Lyft.

May 21, 2018 | Sammy Caiola

Pregnant women who have a hard time getting to their UC Davis medical appointments have a new option: calling a free Lyft. It’s just one way that ride-hailing apps are playing a role in medical care.

Health Care

Governor, Lawmakers Offer Solutions For California Counties That Don’t Spend Mental-Health Funds

May 17, 2018 | Sammy Caiola

The Mental Health Services Act has long supplied the bulk of funding for California counties to prevent and treat mental illness among Medi-Cal patients. But some counties aren’t using the money.

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Health Care Disparities 15 Years After Landmark ‘Unequal Treatment' Study

May 15, 2018

A UC San Francisco doctor discusses a 15-year-old study that examined the link between the quality of health care a patient receives and their racial and ethnic backgrounds.

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Health Care

No Major Bump For Medi-Cal, Covered California in Governor’s Revise Despite Push From Lawmakers

May 11, 2018 | Sammy Caiola

Gov. Jerry Brown opted not to include major investments in public health insurance programs in his budget revision on Friday, citing a preference for one-time spending measures over long-term commitments.

Sammy Caiola / Capital Public Radio

Health Care

California Hospitals, Officials Take Careful Steps To Minimize Patient Impact During UC Labor Strikes

May 8, 2018 | Sammy Caiola

Nurses across the University of California system are striking this week to support janitors, technicians and other hospital workers demanding higher wages and better health care. But patients aren’t likely to notice much difference in care.

Rich Pedroncelli / AP Photo

Health Care

Ambitious Health Reform Package Needs $1 Billion From California

May 7, 2018 | Sammy Caiola

Assembly members are pushing a set of bills to achieve coverage for all Californians, or universal health care. They announced Monday that they’ll need $1 billion to do it.

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Health Care

California Governments Take Drugmakers To Court Over Opioid Crisis

May 7, 2018 | Sammy Caiola

Municipalities statewide are suing the pharmaceutical industry for damages related to the opioid epidemic.