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Extreme Heat Takes a Toll on Californians’ Health

By Gokce Sencan

As the summer season kicks off, Californians are feeling the heat—literally. As the state faces increasingly severe heat waves, what impact is this growing risk having on Californians’ health, and how can we prepare?

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Are Eligible Undocumented Immigrants Claiming the CalEITC and Young Child Tax Credit?

By Tess Thorman

Low-income Californians who file their tax returns with Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs)—primarily undocumented immigrants—are eligible for the California Earned Income Tax Credit and the Young Child Tax Credit. We examine trends in ITIN filers' claiming of these credits and discuss ways to improve uptake.

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California’s Cradle-to-Career Data System Hits Major Milestone

By Iwunze Ugo

The California Cradle-to-Career (C2C) Data System is an ambitious effort to strengthen the education pipeline by linking educational, social services, and workforce data from a range of state agencies. The C2C system recently received its first annual submission—more than a billion data points—from partnering agencies.

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Video: Spotlight on Rural California

By Mary Severance

PPIC president and CEO Tani Cantil-Sakauye speaks with assembly Republican leader James Gallagher and then with a panel of local and regional leaders about key rural issues for state policymakers to address.

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An Update on Homelessness in California

By Marisol Cuellar Mejia, Cesar Alesi Perez

California's homeless population may have increased as much as 7.5% between 2022 and 2023. We look at what the latest data say about people experiencing homelessness in our state, including the wide variation across regions.

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Counties Are Key Partners in the Medi-Cal Program

By Shannon McConville

County governments play an important role in administering Medi-Cal and organizing and delivering health services. We look at how counties' Medi-Cal responsibilities—as well as the resources available to carry them out—have shifted over the past decade, a period that has seen the state significantly expand program eligibility.

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The Affordable Care Act Has Expanded Community Clinics in California

By Shalini Mustala, Shannon McConville

Community clinics have long been a key health care provider for underserved and low-income Californians. With the state significantly expanding the Medi-Cal program under the federal Affordable Care Act, community clinics have become even more important in promoting access to care, especially for new enrollees.

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