Adrian Florido Community Health Reporter

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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

New state Senate bill would seek health aid for undocumented

State Senator Ricardo Lara plans to introduce a bill that would use state money to make Medi-Cal and private health insurance subsidies available to undocumented immigrants.

Restoration of Medi-Cal dental coverage comes too late for many

As the state prepares to restore dental coverage for poor adults this spring, dentists say many have suffered major dental problems in the years that they went without coverage.

Union launches effort to cap hospital pricing

United Healthcare Workers West wants to limit what hospitals can charge for services to 25 percent above actual cost.

California flu deaths continue to rise

As of Jan. 18, state health officials had confirmed nearly 100 deaths; at this rate, the seasonal toll will far outpace last season's total.

Covered California enrollment eases, but still on track

The agency says it's still on track to meet or beat enrollment projections. New data indicate a higher percentage of Latino enrollment.

Greening - and feeding - South LA, with free fruit trees

About 400 people took home free apple, apricot, nectarine and peach trees Saturday to plant in their yards. Organizers say finding a place to plant them may be hard.

Flu claiming more Californians' lives this season

Health officials say a particularly deadly strain of the H1N1 virus is responsible for the high death toll.

2 Covered California deadlines: One to pay, one to enroll

Wednesday is the last day to pay the first month's premium for Jan. 1 coverage. It's also the last day to sign up for coverage that starts Feb. 1.

Why do gays and lesbians smoke more?

In L.A. county, gays and lesbians smoke at a rate 55 percent higher than the straight population. A new campaign aims to bring that number down.

Congress members say Covered California must reach more Latinos

In a letter to the director of the state's health insurance exchange, members of Congress say they are alarmed by low Latino enrollment numbers.

Obamacare: Sign-ups of healthy young people still lagging

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.

Glitch causes confusion for Covered California applicants

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.

Covered California: Enrollment surging, but Latinos still lag

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.

Covered California says it will clear paper application backlog

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.

LA County could win big in lead paint court ruling

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.