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Health plans slow to adopt birth control law

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| A new state law says women can get a year's supply of birth control pills at the pharmacy and insurance must cover it. But that hasn't been the case for everyone.

More SoCal kindergartners are getting vaccinated

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Every Southern California county saw a year-over-year increase in the percentage of fully immunized kindergartners. L.A. jumped from 90 percent to 95 percent.

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LA County seeks to narrow HIV disparities

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Infection rates remain stubbornly high among African-Americans and American Indians. The Board of Supervisors wants to get smarter about how to narrow those gaps.

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New spike in chromium 6 levels in Paramount

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The investigation is centered on three metal processors. A nearby air monitor shows chromium 6 levels have spiked up to 10 times above background levels.

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California schools could be required to test drinking water for lead

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Most California schools are not required to test their drinking water for lead. A state lawmaker's bill would require all school districts to test for lead.

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Kaiser campaign slashes opioid prescriptions

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Five years into a companywide effort that includes the training of doctors and pharmacists and other steps, the HMO says prescriptions for opioids have plummeted.

A call for a federal push to eliminate hepatitis B, C

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A report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine argues for a coordinated initiative to invest in disease prevention, access to treatment, disease surveillance and physician training.

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Should medical records be free for low-income patients?

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Medical records can help prove eligibility for such things as Medi-Cal, but people have to pay to get copies of their records. A bill in Sacramento would do away with those fees.

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