Adrian Florido Community Health Reporter
Adrian Florido is KPCC's Community Health Reporter.
Prior to joining KPCC, Adrian worked as a reporter for the Fronteras Desk at public radio station KPBS in San Diego, where he covered the U.S.-Mexico border, immigrant and tribal communities, demographics, and culture.
Before that Adrian worked as a staff writer at Voice of San Diego, where he reported on San Diego neighborhoods, immigrant and under-served communities, as well as development, planning, land use and transportation. For a year, he delivered a weekly television segment on NBC San Diego.
Adrian is a Southern California native who earned an undergraduate degree at the University of Chicago. He majored in history with an emphasis on the U.S. and Latin America. In college he was news editor at the student paper, the Chicago Maroon, and also spent time reporting from Capitol Hill and working with the advocacy group Reporters Without Borders.
When he's not reporting, he's out running, seeking out good coffee or listening to good music. He has a special affinity for Son Jarocho, a traditional music from the Mexican state of Veracruz. He travels there as often as possible to learn from old-time musicians.
Stories by Adrian Florido
Health economists say young people need to make up 40 percent of new enrollees in health plans. The latest figures show they're not there yet.
Covered California sent error-ridden notices to nearly 114,000 insurance applicants. It says it doesn't know how long it will take to fix the problem.
More than 50,000 people signed up for coverage during the first three days of this week. And Covered California says it's working harder to reach Latinos.
The state-run health insurance exchange says it's confident it will meet its Monday deadline to process thousands of paper applications for private coverage.
L.A. County stands to receive $600 million of the $1.1 billion three paint makers have been ordered to pay for removing lead from millions of California homes.
The Los Angeles Public Library will have information about how to buy a policy through Covered California at all of its branches.
Middle- and upper-income people make up about half of Covered California's 5.3 million potential customers. But they were only 14 percent of enrollees through November.
Certified enrollment counselors are especially important in signing people up in immigrant and lower income communities. But their numbers remain low.
If numbers released Thursday are correct, then November saw a net loss of more than 10,000 people enrolling in unsubsidized health plans.
California estimates more than 650,000 Spanish speakers are eligible for subsidies to buy insurance. But fewer than 1,000 enrolled in Covered California's first month.
UCLA's Center for Health Policy Research finds that 60 percent of all children in California aged 2 to 5 eat fast food at least once a week.
The board of directors vote 5 to 0 to retain current policy. They fear that extending current plans that don't comply with the ACA will lead to higher costs overall.
State data show that across California, more than one in four gays, lesbians and bisexuals smokes. That's twice the rate of heterosexuals.
California's Department of Health Care Services mistakenly told nearly a quarter-million low-income people they may have to switch doctors.