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As part of the California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowship, journalists work with a senior fellow to develop a special project. Recent projects have examined health disparities by ZIP code in the San Francisco Bay Area, anxiety disorders and depression in the Hispanic immigrant community in Washington state, and the importance of foreign-born doctors to health care in rural communities.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott opposes any Medicaid expansion and plans to sue the federal government, claiming it is coercing Florida to expand the program. JOE RAEDLE GETTY IMAGES
Why won’t Florida adopt Medicaid expansion? The Florida Senate has proposed a plan, but House leaders and Gov. Rick Scott oppose any Medicaid expansion because they say they don’t trust the federal government to keep its promise to pay for covering more Floridians.
Dr. Annelys Hernandez, left, checks out Cynthia Louis in Florida International University’s Mobile Health Center. (Peter Andrew Bosch/Miami Herald staff)
Without Medicaid expansion, South Florida’s low-income residents have found out the hard way that the healthcare safety net designed to catch people before they hit bottom is no substitute for insurance.
Miami-Dade County does not have the money to cover the potential loss of $200 million a year in federal funding that helps Jackson Health System, the county’s public hospital network, provide medical care for the uninsured and Medicaid patients, Mayor Carlos Gimenez said Tuesday.
Isabel Betancourt speaks at the Capitol in Tallahassee on April 15, 2015. Betancourt, a resident of Hialeah with rheumatoid arthritis, began paying for her health plan out of pocket after five months of being uninsured because she falls into the Medicaid coverage gap. (Phil Sears/Special to the Herald)
With legislators seemingly deadlocked on Medicaid expansion in Florida, residents in the “coverage gap” are stitching together their medical care through personal ingenuity, half doses of medicines and low-cost clinics. It’s exhausting work, especially when you’re sick.
Oxnard and surrounding Ventura County grow more than 630 million pounds of strawberries a year. The pesticides that growers depend on—a revolving roster of caustic and highly volatile chemicals called fumigants—are among the most toxic used in agriculture.
My early exposure to drinking alcohol is probably familiar to many Korean Americans, who, starting at a young age, often witness how much alcohol is valued, celebrated and considered a key part of socializing and enjoyment with friends and family.
Terral Senior (right), 57, laughs as her mother, Theresa Senior, answers questions at their home in Hephzibah. Terral Senior is a patient at Gracewood wing of East Central Hospital. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
In Georgia, parents of developmentally disabled children fear what might happen should the state go ahead with plans to put more patients in community placements. In 2014, a total of 498 patients died in community care, making the total nearly 1,000 deaths in two years.
Jessie Evans becomes emotional as she holds a portrait of her son, Cornelius James Evans, taken when he was 5 years old, at her home in Donalsonville, Ga. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
Cornelius James Evans had just turned 18 when he died, before his mother could establish formal legal guardianship, and the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities is now using that to deny her a copy of its investigation into his death.
The state has not put a good system in place to support developmentally disabled patients moved from state facilities into community care, and it’s unclear if it is following recommendations to better investigate patient deaths, according to an independent monitor.
Transfers to community care recently resumed for patients in the Gracewood wing at East Central Regional Hospital. Such transfers were stopped in 2013 after deaths and care concerns. (The Augusta Chronicle)
What began as two Georgia mental health patients seeking community care has become a national crusade by the U.S. Department of Justice to move patients out of state facilities and into community care, with what some say are fatal consequences.

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