Article: Is California ready to open health care to undocumented adults? Latino leaders say yes

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Is California ready to open health care to undocumented adults? Latino leaders say yes

Members of the California Latino Legislative Caucus announced this week they are prioritizing two health care bills that would expand Medi-Cal coverage for nearly 1 million undocumented adults. The Democratic lawmakers have carried similar bills in the past only to see them fail, largely over concerns about costs.

This time, they’re optimistic because of the state’s rosy budget outlook — tax revenue is coming in billions of dollars over Gov. Gavin Newsom’s January estimates — and because the coronavirus pandemic highlighted inequities in the state’s health care system.

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Article: Open Data: A History

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Open Data: A History

his term “open data” is becoming increasingly commonplace. That’s what Data.gov is all about. But what is open data? A new article in the Paris Tech Review offers a snapshot of how open data was born, its evolving purpose, and how it can make a difference in all our lives. “Open data” did not come out of thin air, and it’s interesting to discover its rich context.

While the term “open data” isn’t even 20 years old, the author puts the concept in a historical context; the idea that scientific research should be free to all was popularized by Robert King Merton in the early 1940s. Research (which produces data) should be shared freely for the common good.

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