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How Has the Medi-Cal Program Changed over the Past Three Decades?

By Shannon McConville, Paulette Cha

As part of an ongoing series commemorating PPIC's 30th anniversary, research fellows Paulette Cha and Shannon McConville discuss how Medi-Cal—California's Medicaid program—has changed and expanded since the early 1990s. One-third of current Medi-Cal enrollees are adults who gained program eligibility under the federal Affordable Care Act.

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Rethinking Stormwater—From Waste to Treasure

By Sarah Bardeen

Unmanaged stormwater can be a flood hazard and a contaminant, but when it’s properly managed, it actually can benefit communities by creating green spaces and recharging aquifers. We spoke with CASQA’s Karen Cowan to learn more about this underappreciated resource.

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PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and the Environment

By Mark Baldassare, Dean Bonner, Lauren Mora, Deja Thomas

Key findings from the survey include: Californians name climate change, wildfires, and water supply as the top environmental issues. Nearly half of Californians are very concerned about home insurance costs rising due to climate risks. About two in three Californians are unprepared for a disaster. A majority of likely voters favor a $10 billion bond for climate resiliency projects.

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Video: How Community Colleges Spent Pandemic Relief Funds and What’s Next

By Stephanie Barton

The federal government provided significant funding—including almost $25 billion for community colleges—to help higher education institutions and students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Researchers from the Community College Research Center and PPIC, along with an expert panel, discuss how community colleges used this support and how these institutions are adapting as these emergency funds expire.

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