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New UC-Irvine Center To Study The Highs And Lows of Pot

Jody Jacobson Wedret rolled her eyes after listening to scientists, policy wonks and marijuana advocates expound on pot’s potential to ease the opioid crisis. Without more evidence, she wasn’t buying it. “Some people are pushing cannabis so hard,” complained Wedret, a professor of pharmacy at the University of California-Irvine. “Had the advocates we heard from

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Hospitals Want To Cut Back On Free Care. Critics Say No Way.

Five years after Fresno-based attorney Joy Dockter started fighting for patients saddled with medical debt, hospitals continue to go after them — even though most are now insured. Hospitals that used to sue uninsured patients for large sums of money before the Affordable Care Act expanded coverage now press to collect as little as $500

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Community Health Centers Caught In ‘Washington’s Political Dysfunction’

With lawmakers facing another deadline this week for legislation to keep the federal government open, one of the outstanding issues is long-term funding for a key health care program serving low-income people. The Community Health Center program helps provide care for 27 million people at nearly 10,000 nonprofit clinics nationwide, almost all of which are

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Californians Scramble To Beat Midnight Enrollment Deadline

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Blanca Espinoza walked out of a second-story office overlooking one of the city’s busiest intersections Wednesday afternoon, hugging her son Tommy and breathing a sigh of relief. Espinoza cares for Tommy, 17, and his 18-year-old brother. Both have autism and both have health insurance. She does not. Espinoza, 46, dropped her health

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CHIP Renewed For Six Years As Congress Votes To Reopen Federal Government

A brief, partial shutdown of the federal government ended Monday, as the Senate and House approved legislation that would keep federal dollars flowing until Feb. 8, as well as fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program for the next six years. President Donald Trump signed the bill Monday evening. The CHIP program, which provides coverage to

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