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In Los Angeles, Latinos Hit Hard By Pandemic’s Economic Storm

This story is part of a partnership that includes KPCC, NPR and Kaiser Health News. This story can be republished for free (details). Working as a fast-food cashier in Los Angeles, Juan Quezada spends a lot of his time these days telling customers how to wear a mask. “They cover their mouth but not their […]

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Wildfires’ Toxic Air Leaves Damage Long After the Smoke Clears

SEELEY LAKE, Mont. — When researchers arrived in this town tucked in the Northern Rockies three years ago, they could still smell the smoke a day after it cleared from devastating wildfires. Their plan was to chart how long it took for people to recover from living for seven weeks surrounded by relentless smoke. They […]

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Lack of Antigen Test Reporting Leaves Country ‘Blind to the Pandemic’

This story also ran on USA Today. This story can be republished for free (details). More than 20 states either don’t release or have incomplete data on the rapid antigen tests now considered key to containing the coronavirus, which has sickened more than 6 million Americans. The lapses leave officials and the public in the […]

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‘Terrible Role-Modeling’: California Lawmakers Flout Pandemic Etiquette

SACRAMENTO — In California, the cradle of renowned tech startups and the Silicon Valley, elementary school students have had to figure out how to work remotely, but lawmakers have not. Since March, Californians have scrambled to comply with public health orders that required most office and school work to occur at home. But in one […]

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Hospitals, Nursing Homes Fail to Separate COVID Patients, Putting Others at Risk

This story also ran on NPR. This story can be republished for free (details). Nurses at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center were on edge as early as March when patients with COVID-19 began to show up in areas of the hospital that were not set aside to care for them. Explore Our Database KHN and […]

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Behind The Byline: ‘At Least I Got the Shot’

Although the coronavirus pandemic shut down many organizations and businesses across the nation, KHN has never been busier ― and health coverage has never been more vital. We’ve revamped our Behind the Byline YouTube series and brought it to Instagram TV. Journalists and producers from across KHN’s newsrooms take you behind the scenes in these […]

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LA County Authorities Cautious Despite Declining COVID Numbers

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). In Los Angeles County, California’s main COVID-19 hot spot since early in the pandemic, key indicators of the disease have taken an encouraging turn recently. New cases, hospitalizations, deaths and the rate of positive test results have all been dropping. But because of the […]

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California Rx: State May Dive Into Generic Drug Market

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). SACRAMENTO — California is poised to become the first state to develop its own line of generic drugs, targeting soaring drug prices and stepping into a fiercely competitive drug market dominated by deep-pocketed pharmaceutical companies. The Democratic-controlled legislature overwhelmingly approved a measure Monday that […]

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For Kids With Special Needs, Online Schooling Divides Haves and Have-Nots

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). ALHAMBRA, Calif. — It’s Tuesday morning, and teacher Tamya Daly has her online class playing an alphabet game. The students are writing quickly and intently, with occasional whoops of excitement, on the little whiteboards she dropped off at their homes the day before along […]

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Wildfires Provide Another Reason to Mask Up

About Asking Never Hurts A series of columns addressing the challenges consumers face in California’s health care landscape. Send questions to bwolfson@kff.org. Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). If you have declined to wear a face mask during the COVID-19 crisis, you might want to reconsider, as the smoke from over […]