As health costs escalate, affordable care is out of reach for many — particularly California’s poorest residents. We help readers understand the struggle to lower costs and access barriers.

Aimee Mestas, 20, considers herself lucky because she has Medi-Cal but worries about her family members who are undocumented and rely on home remedies when they are sick. Photo by Alex Horvath for CALmatters
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E-cigarettes use among middle and high schoolers rose 78 percent last year over the previous year. Federal data indicates more than 1 in 5 students now use them.

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