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  • Consumer groups say instability in the health-care arena is largely responsible for increased insurance premiums proposed for 2018. Photo Credit: Goir/iStockphoto

    Covered CA: Consumer Groups Praise Moves to Limit Health Insurance Hikes

    Suzanne Potter California News Service SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The 1.4 million Californians who buy health insurance through the state exchange could see a rate increase of 12.5 percent next year if state regulators approve a proposal released Tuesday by Covered California. The agency also announced that Anthem is pulling...
  • The "Farmacy" at the Petaluma Health Center sells produce at deep discounts to low-income families as part of its mission to encourage better health. Photo Credit: Petaluma Health Center

    As Congress Ponders Reform, Health Centers Address Root Causes of Illness

    Suzanne Potter California News Service PETALUMA, Calif. – As Congress struggles to make the health care system more cost-effective, local Community Health Centers are already doing their part, with a focus on prevention instead of treatment of illness. Studies show that close to half of people’s health status is...
  • The future of areas like Lake Shasta is under review for the new BLM Resource Management Plans in the Redding and Arcata regions. Photo Credit: Pixabay

    “Quiet Recreation” Makes a Big Impact on California Economy

    Suzanne Potter California News Service SHASTA LAKE, Calif. – Tourists are pouring into far northern California in search of the perfect river, lake, stream or trail – making 1.3 million visits for so-called “quiet recreation” in 2015 alone, according to new research. Quiet recreation is the term for activities...
  • Mojave Trails National Monument, which connects Joshua Tree to Death Valley, could be downsized under a review by the U.S. Dept. of the Interior. Photo Credit: Bryn Jones

    Groups Make Economic Case for Protecting CA National Monuments

    Suzanne Potter California News Service JOSHUA TREE, Calif. – The National Park system in California each year draws 42 million visitors who spend more than $2 billion and support almost 30,000 jobs. Public lands advocates hope these figures – just released by Democratic Party members of the Joint Economic...
  • President Trump's announcement of an extra 15,000 visas for foreign workers in fields such as hotel maintenance comes during the administration's self-described "Made In America" week. Photo Credit: Pixabay

    Labor Advocates Lament Lack of Protections in New Foreign-Worker Visas

    Suzanne Potter California News Service SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Criticism is coming in from worker’s-rights groups on the Trump administration’s announcement Monday July 17th that it will allow an additional 15,000 foreign workers to get visas. The Department of Homeland Security will grant the extra H-2B visas for guest workers...
  • The Senate version of healthcare reform bill caps Medicaid spending, which would have dire health and financial consequences for millions in California. Photo Credit: cllarita/Morguefile

    CA Groups: Senate Health Bill “More Draconian” than House Version

    Suzanne Potter California News Service SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Health advocates warn the Senate GOP bill to repeal and replace Obamacare would cause millions of Californians to lose their healthcare – by phasing out the Medicaid expansion and then capping the program altogether. The Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) lifts...
  • Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument in Northern California is one of seven under federal review in the Golden State. Photo Credit: Pixabay

    Backers of CA National Monuments Converge on D.C. to Push for Protections

    Suzanne Potter California News Service SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Defenders of California’s national monuments are part of a larger group of public lands advocates converging on Washington, D.C. this week to fend off policymakers who would shrink the monuments. In late April, President Donald Trump issued an executive order to...
  • En California, 2.6 millones de personas entre 50 y 64 años tienen alguna condición preexistente y podrían ver grandes incrementos a sus costos bajo la A.H.C.A. Photo Credit: Pixabay

    Defensores de Adultos Mayores de CA van a Washington D.C. para impugnar la AHCA

    Suzanne Potter California News Service SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Representantes de la AARP de California y de todo el país se reúnen esta semana con miembros del Congreso para expresar su oposición a la mas reciente iniciativa del GOP sobre atención a la salud. El miércoles estaban en Washington D.C....
  • In California 2.6 million people between 50 and 64 have a pre-existing condition and could see large cost increases under the A.H.C.A. Photo Credit: Pixabay

    CA Senior Advocates Descend on Washington to Fight AHCA

    Suzanne Potter California News Service SACRAMENTO, Calif. – On Wednesday dozens of senior advocates from AARP, including a sizable delegation from California, fanned out across Washington to talk to their representatives about opposing the GOP health care bill. The House version of the American Health Care Act includes a...