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December 27, 2010
The Center for Health Reporting, state medical care watchdog

Today The Bee published the last of a 2-part series on baby boomer medical care produced by the California HealthCare Foundation Center for Health Reporting. CHR is a non-profit journalism team based at the USC Annenburg School, which "partners with news organizations across the state to produce in-depth reporting on health-care issues of importance to consumers and policymakers."

The Center began operation in October 2009 and has shared some 20 news investigations with over 30 California news outlets, including the San Francisco Chronicle, Oakland Tribune, San Jose Mercury News, Bakersfield Californian, Modesto Bee and Fresno Bee. Here are the latest projects published by CHR:

At Last, California Fights Infections With Disclosure. "Hospital infections kill an estimated 13,500 Californians a year, but critics say the state's hospitals and health department remain far behind other states in waging war against this largely preventable scourge."

Riverside County: Medi-Cal's Worst. "No county in California has a worse record than Riverside County for processing Medi-Cal applications."

Medicare Testing Ground: Lower Prices, Rising Concerns. "The Inland Empire is a new testing ground for whether the federal government and health consumers can finally do something about rising health costs."

Young Adults Get a Break with Their Parents' Insurance. "Health reform offers up a big benefit for young adults who haven't been able to get their own health insurance."

Broken Hearths: How the Economy is Endangering the Health of Our Families. "Joblessness is a scourge that hits hard at workers trying to make a life for their families. But it also hits hard at the families themselves, including the children."

Clinic Shutdowns Hit Tiny Towns Hard. "Kern County, with some of the state's highest rates for diabetes, heart disease and obesity, is home to a test case for the federal government's new Health Care Coverage Initiative."

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