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United HealthCare wants to get on the Covered California bus, but the state marketplace isn't inclined to allow insurers on board that weren't part of the launch in 2014. Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP hide caption

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Sara Martín reads bedtime stories with her children. When the kids were younger, she says, staying up to date on their frequent immunizations was tough, because of cost and transportation issues. Lauren M. Whaley/CHCF Center for Health Reporting hide caption

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Schools Not Keeping Track When Kids Are Behind On Their Shots

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Leah Russin, of Palo Alto, Calif., holds her son, Leo, 16 months, as she speaks Wednesday at a news conference in support of proposed state legislation that would require parents to vaccinate all school children. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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Measles Outbreak Sparks Bid To Strengthen Calif. Vaccine Law

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Lori Lomas, an insurance agent with Feather Financial in Quincy, Calif., has noticed that her clients in San Francisco have many more health carrier options than her mountain neighbors. Pauline Bartolone for KXJZ hide caption

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Insurance Choices Dwindle In Rural California As Blue Shield Pulls Back

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A postcard of Junipero Serra from around 1915. Pope Francis recently announced that he will canonize Serra when he travels to the U.S. this fall. Lake County Museum/Corbis hide caption

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Rhett Krawitt, 6, outside his school in Tiburon, Calif. Seven percent of the children in his school are not vaccinated. Courtesy of Carl Krawitt hide caption

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Lou Graham prepares taxes in Connecticut and is ready to answer client questions about the Affordable Care Act. Jeff Cohen/WNPR hide caption

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Tax Preparers Get Ready To Be Bearers Of Bad News About Health Law

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A Kaiser mental health worker with the National Union of Healthcare Workers looks through a pile of signs Monday during day one of a week-long demonstration outside of a Kaiser Permanente hospital in San Francisco. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Calif. Strike Highlights Larger Issues With Mental Health System

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Fal Allen (right) shares a brew with W. Dan Houck. Both men work at Anderson Valley Brewing Company, where Allen's the brewmaster. He's also something of a Boontling scholar. Stina Sieg For NPR hide caption

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Do You Harp A Slib Of The Ling? One Small Town's Opaque Language

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Dennie and Kathy Wright sift through a stack of medical bills at their home in Indian Valley, Calif. Pauline Bartolone for NPR hide caption

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Limited Insurance Choices Frustrate Patients In California

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Gov. Jerry Brown speaks to the crowd during the California High-Speed Rail Authority groundbreaking event in Fresno. The $68 billion project faces challenges from Republicans in Congress, and from Central Valley farmers suing to block the train from crossing their fields. Gary Kazanjian/AP hide caption

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Construction Begins On California's $68 Billion High-Speed Rail Line

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Palliative medicine physician Michael Fratkin gets off a plane after visiting a patient on the Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation. He's recently launched a startup to support this kind of work. April Dembosky/KQED hide caption

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Rural Doctor Launches Startup To Ease Pain Of Dying Patients

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Need a gift for a 20-something kid about to age out of the family's health plan? Juana Rivera (left) discusses insurance options with Fabrizzio Russi, an agent from Sunshine Life and Health Advisors, at the Mall of the Americas in Miami. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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