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Sacramento City Council Approves Electric Appliance Plan


In its May 14 meeting, the Sacramento City Council unanimously approved a plan to encourage residents and businesses to replace gas appliances with electric.

Counties Prepare for Mosquito Season


Mosquito vector control agencies are preparing for mosquito season in San Joaquin and Sacramento counties.

Verge Evictions Highlight Need for More Inclusive Practices in Sacramento Arts Scene, Artists of Color Say


Dozens of members of the National Union of Healthcare Workers, including vocational nurses, social workers, kitchen and janitorial staff, picketed outside the Sutter Center for Psychiatry

Bill Would Allow Arizona Abortion Providers to Practice in California Temporarily


Newsom-backed bill would allow Arizona abortion providers to practice in California as the Republican-led state restricts access.

Newsom Calls Out Republican Abortion Policies in New Ad Running in Alabama


California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s new ad blasts GOP efforts to make it harder for people to leave states with abortion bans and seek treatment elsewhere.

California Sets Nation’s First Water Standard for Cancer-Causing Contaminant


Water suppliers say the costs will be massive, with rates increasing for many consumers. Known as the “Erin Brockovich” chemical, hexavalent chromium is found statewide.

In San Francisco’s Chinatown, a CEO Works With the Community to Bolster Hospital


Chinese Hospital, located in the heart of this city's legendary Chinatown, struggles with many of the same financial and demographic challenges that plague small independent hospitals in underserved areas across the country.

Supervisors Discuss Local Medi-Cal Health Coverage in County


In their April 9 meeting, the Yolo County Board of Supervisors discussed the plight of 17,000 local Medi-Cal recipients who are scrambling to find new primary care providers by May 1.

We Must Take Better Care of Our Home-Based Child Care Providers


These professionals provide essential services, but their pay and working conditions do not reflect their value, and their health suffers.

First 5 Yolo Celebrates New Welcome Baby Program


After its first year in operation, First 5 Yolo reports on the progress of its Welcome Baby program.

Homeless Infants and Toddlers Largely Unenrolled in Early Ed Programs


Evictions have exacerbated homelessness nationwide, increasing the rate of homeless infants and toddlers. Most of those children are not enrolled in early education programs.

Your Doctor or Your Insurer? Little-Known Rules May Ease the Choice in Medicare Advantage


Disputes between insurers and providers can lead to entire hospital systems suddenly leaving the plans.

California’s Disabled Students Left Behind During Emergencies: ‘They Just Weren’t Ready for Someone Like Me’


After bringing his story all the way to the University of California Board of Regents, a disabled UC Berkeley student has prompted the UC to ensure emergency evacuation chairs are in every multi-storied building in the 10-university system.

At Stake in Mifepristone Case: Abortion, FDA’s Authority, and Return to 1873 Obscenity Law


Lawyers from the conservative Christian group that won the case to overturn Roe v. Wade are returning to the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday in pursuit of an urgent priority: shutting down access to abortion pills for women across the country.

California Attorney General Boosts Bill Banning Medical Debt From Credit Reports


California Attorney General Rob Bonta announced Monday that he is throwing his weight behind legislation to bar medical debt from showing up on consumer credit reports, a Democratic-led effort to offer protection to patients squeezed by health care bills.

San Francisco Voters Pass Police & Drug Ballot Measures


Proposition E broadens police surveillance powers and Proposition F mandates drug screening and treatment for people receiving county welfare benefits who are suspected of drug use.

Study Finds Almost 50% of San Francisco Drug Users Not Residents


A report of a 12 month study which ended in February indicates almost half of those cited for drug usage were not residents of the city, leading to questions about city approaches to drug addiction.

New Epilepsy Unit Offers Advanced Diagnostic and Treatment Methods


Cutting-edge technology at UC Davis allows patients’ seizure activity to be carefully analyzed, leading to more effective interventions.

Antidepressant Prescriptions to Young People Surged During the Pandemic


The monthly rate of antidepressants being dispensed to young people increased about 64% more quickly during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics.

California Hospitals, Advocates Seek Stable Funding to Retain Behavioral Health Navigators


Health providers and addiction experts warn the funding structure is unstable for a California initiative that steers patients with substance use disorder into long-term treatment.

‘Fourth Wave’ of Opioid Epidemic Crashes Ashore, Propelled by Fentanyl and Meth


The United States is knee-deep in what some experts call the opioid epidemic's "fourth wave," which is not only placing drug users at greater risk but is also complicating efforts to address the nation's drug problem.

Faceoff Between Anthem Blue Cross, UC Health Shows Hazards of Industry Consolidation


For weeks, Anthem Blue Cross enrollees who receive health care from the University of California were in suspense, as the health system and one of its largest insurance partners struggled to reach a new contract.

The CDC May be Reconsidering Its COVID Isolation Guidance


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may soon drop its isolation guidance for people with COVID-19. The planned change was reported in the Washington Post.

All This Rain Could Invite Mosquitoes Into Your Backyard


While temperatures aren’t warm enough for mosquitoes to run rampant, now’s the time to prevent breeding grounds.

New Eligibility Rules Mean Nearly 2 Million on Medi-Cal Can Now Save for a Rainy Day


Nearly 2 million Medi-Cal enrollees can now accumulate savings and property without limitations and still qualify for the state's health insurance program for low-income residents.

UC Davis to Decide on Renewing 10-Year Pouring Rights Contract with PepsiCo


Both student representatives and researchers argue that renewing the contract would go against university commitments to health and sustainability.

Is Housing Health Care? State Medicaid Programs Increasingly Say ‘Yes’


States are plowing billions of dollars into a high-stakes health care experiment that’s exploding around the country: using scarce public health insurance money to provide housing for the poorest and sickest Americans.

California Universities Are Required to Offer Students Abortion Pills. A Lot Just Don’t Mention It


One year after California became the first state to require its public universities to provide the abortion pill to students, basic information on where or how students can obtain the medication is lacking.

As Climate Hazards Converge, More Californians Are Living in Harm’s Way


When wildfire smoke and extreme heat combine, they create “a synergistic effect” or an “additional burden” on people’s health, researchers say.

Possibility of Wildlife-to-Human Crossover Heightens Concern About Chronic Wasting Disease


Each fall, millions of hunters across North America bag deer. Over the winter, people chow down on the venison steaks, sausage, and burgers made from the animals.

Back From COP28, California Climate Leaders Talk Health Impacts of Warming


As Californians increasingly feel the health effects of climate change, state leaders are adopting sweeping policies they hope will fend off the worst impacts.

Your Guide to Proposition 1: Newsom’s Overhaul of California’s Mental Health System


Gov. Gavin Newsom crafted the measure to reform California’s mental health system, including a $6.4-billion bond for new facilities.


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But even in California, access to abortion services in many areas remains limited.
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In a state that declares water a “human right,” more than 2 percent of its residents have no drinkable water.
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