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Coverage doesn’t equate to care even for patients with Medi Cal, as Castaneda can attest. Before the health law, they had trouble finding doctors who would see them because of Medi Cal’s low payment rates. That problem intensified as millions more signed up for Medi Cal, driving many enrollees to seek services at safety net care facilities..
Pang began the panel with an expression of love and gratitude for the individuals who are brave enough to share their personal stories with the public and kind enough to inform the community of the challenges faced by LGBTQA+ refugees and asylum seekers. While each panelist had a unique story to tell, there was one theme they all had in common: each panelist lived in constant fear for their lives as a direct result of their sexuality. The panelists shared their memories of being jailed, beaten, bullied, rejected by their families, and outed by their friends.
The Center exposes the powerful special interests that drive elections and policy in the states.Don’t miss another Politics investigation: Sign up for the Center for Public Integrity’s Watchdog email.’Where tobacco bills go to die’Nowhere has the tobacco fight been bigger, or more expensive, than in California, which has attracted at least two thirds of tobacco companies’ state level political donations since 2011. Public health advocates here say tobacco companies have used a potent combination of campaign contributions and behind the scenes lobbying to win enough friends in key places.The strategy is most apparent on the Assembly’s Governmental Organization Committee, which oversees an odd combination of issues, including public records, state holidays, gambling, alcohol and tobacco.Its chairman, Assembly member Adam C. Gray, a Democrat from Merced who has served on the committee since 2013, has accepted $88,100 in political contributions from Altria and Reynolds since he began campaigning for office in 2011, far more than any other member of the Legislature.The two companies have directed some $390,000 in total to members who sat on that Assembly committee, a quarter of the money they’ve given to all legislative candidates and their committees in California over that period.The large amount of money given to its members has prompted some to call it the “Juice Committee.” Health advocates call it “the committee where tobacco bills go to die.”The committee has watered down or killed nearly every major tobacco bill that’s come through it in recent years, anti smoking advocates say, including a recent attempt in July to regulate e cigarettes.Related: “I’m a pretty aggressive fundraiser”In an unusual move, an identical e cigarette bill and five other tobacco measures were reintroduced in a special session the following month to allow the legislation to sidestep Gray’s committee.