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NAM original coverage, youth media stories and ethnic media articles on health care and policy in America. For more information on NAM's healthcare coverage coverage, contact Viji Sundaram at vsundaram [at] newamericamedia [dot] org.

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Marcelas Owens and Obama Make Health Care History

New America Media, Video, Video by Vanessa Vega, Min Lee, and Ann Bassette, Mar 23, 2010

Marcelas Owens, 11, of Seattle, Wash., was there with Pres. Obama as he signed the historic health care reform legislation on Tuesday. But months ago, New America Media interviewed the young activist at an event organized by the Equal Voice campaign of the Marguerite Casey Foundation where he spoke about his mother's illness and why he cares about health care reform.

How Health Care Reform Affects Immigrants

El Diario/La Prensa, News Report, Annie Correal, Translated by Elena Shore, Mar 23, 2010

The health care reform bill signed today by President Obama will affect immigrants differently depending on their legal status.

Health Care, Earl Ofari Hutchison

Blacks and Latinos Not Out of the Woods Yet on Health Care

New America Media, Commentary, Earl Ofari Hutchinson, Mar 22, 2010

Commentator Earl Ofari Hutchinson argues the devil is in the details of the new health care reform law.


Georgia Worries About Uptick in H1N1 Cases

New America Media, News Report, Video, Anthony D. Advincula // Video: Esther Gentile, Mar 16, 2010

Concerns about H1N1 might be ebbing but at a recent briefing in Atlanta, Georgia health officials expressed their concerns about rising numbers of hospitalizations. H1N1 is still there warned health officials.

Fresno Widens Medical Safety Net for Poor

New America Media, News Report, Annette Fuentes, Mar 16, 2010

The Medically Indigent Services Program is meant to provide basic medical care to those who cannot qualify for Medi-Cal. But Fresno county kept the eligibility level so low that many of its indigent could not even qualify. Now after a lawsuit that safety net is being expanded.

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One Burger, Hold the Meat - Being Vegetarian in America

Khabar, News Feature, Mandira Banerjee, Mar 15, 2010

Coming from a country like India with "Vegetarian" and "Pure Vegetarian" restaurants, being a vegetarian in the U.S. was often difficult. But now the country is becoming much more vegetarian-friendly.

A Doctor's Word: Take Food without a Grain of Salt

New America Media, Commentary, Erin Marcus, M.D., Mar 15, 2010

Our bodies only need about 180 milligrams of sodium daily, but the average American consumes nearly 20 times that.

There's Hope for California

New America Media, Video, Richard Rodriguez and Sandip Roy, Video by Cliff Parker, Mar 10, 2010

Essayist Richard Rodriguez tells NAM's Sandip Roy why he sees reason for optimism despite persistent unemployment and massive budget cuts to nearly every vital social service.

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Counseling Service Cuts Hit Special Needs Children Hard

New America Media, News Feature, Vivian Po /Video Video: Jacob Simas, Mar 08, 2010

Most children with special needs in California are covered by some form of insurance. But the insurance is often not enough to cover all their needs. With California's recent budget cuts that safety net is getting even more frayed as programs stop reimbursing services like counseling.

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