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California Businesses Go From Simmer to Boil Over Newsom’s Fine Dining

Small-business owners struggling to remain afloat are increasingly defying new shutdown orders, in some cases pointing to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s French Laundry dinner as a reason not to comply.


Lost on the Frontline: New This Week

As of Wednesday, the ongoing KHN-Guardian project is investigating 1,413 deaths of U.S. health workers in the fight against COVID-19. Today we add four profiles, including a teacher of nurses who had lost her daughter to COVID-19 and a physician who died waiting in an emergency room. You can explore our interactive database, now containing 272 profiles. It investigates the question: Did they all have to die?

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After Kid’s Minor Bike Accident, Major Bill Sets Legal Wheels in Motion

It was a surprise even in a family of lawyers. The process called “subrogation” began with one Nevada family’s health insurer denying their claim for an emergency room visit after 9-year-old fell off his bike.


Why Employers Find It So Hard to Test for COVID

COVID-19 cases are surging in California and across the U.S., and most workplaces are still open for business. As workers fear catching the disease while on the clock, why aren’t more companies footing the bill for testing employees?


For Nurses Feeling the Strain of the Pandemic, Virus Resurgence Is ‘Paralyzing’

COVID-19’s toll weighs heavily on nurses, who can suffer stress and other psychological problems if they don’t believe they are able to help their patients sufficiently.

New Legal Push Aims to Speed Magic Mushrooms to Dying Patients

A proposal in Washington state would use right-to-try laws to allow terminally ill patients access to psilocybin — the famed magic mushrooms of America’s psychedelic ’60s — to ease depression and anxiety.


Need a COVID-19 Nurse? That’ll Be $8,000 a Week

A shortage of nurses has turned hospital staffing into a sort of national bidding war, with hospitals willing to pay exorbitant wages to secure the nurses they need. That threatens to shift the supply of nurses toward more affluent areas.

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Colorful and revealing missives from the health care trenches in Sacramento and across California.

Look Up Your California Hospital

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Asking Never Hurts

A series of columns addressing the challenges consumers face in California’s health care landscape.


Illuminating the newsmakers and behind-the-scenes players who shape health care in California.

New State Law Banning Toxic Chemicals in Cosmetics Will Transform Industry

The law will ban the manufacture and sale in California of personal care products that contain 24 toxics, including asbestos, formaldehyde and lead, and is expected to fill a gap in federal regulation as companies sell the new formulations nationwide.


Black Women Turn to Midwives to Avoid COVID, ‘Feel Cared For’

Home births and midwives are making a comeback in the Black community.

Underfunded And Under Threat

Underfunded And Under Threat

Hollowed-out public health system faces more cuts amid virus.

What Doctors Aren’t Always Taught: How to Spot Racism in Health Care

Activists across the country are demanding that medical schools eliminate the use of race as a diagnostic tool, recognize how systemic racism harms patients and reckon with some of medicine’s racist history.

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As Anxieties Rise, Californians Buy Hundreds of Thousands More Guns

Gun sales are surging in California, where handgun-related FBI background checks this spring and summer were up 83% over 2019. Whether pro or con on gun control, experts agree the trend has been fueled by pandemic-related unrest.

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