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Health Care Reform's Future, Title IX, Big Brothers


This week on Valley Edition, we talk with local health care leaders about the next steps in the path towards health care reform, following the Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act. We also talk about the 40th anniversary of the nation's landmark gender equity in education law, Title IX, and we learn about Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Central California.

On Valley Edition for July 3, 2012

Segment 1: Next steps in health care reform
Now that the Supreme Court has upheld most of the provisions of the President's landmark health care reform law, what's next for San Joaquin Valley residents and the local governments that are tasked with administering the expansion of services? California has chosen to be among the first states to implement many of the provisions of the law, and by 2014, up to one quarter of the state's population will be eligible to receive assistance through the expanded Medi-Cal program.

How will California's counties deal with the influx of new applicants, especially in Fresno, where Supervisors last year rejected $50 million in federal funds to set up a low income health program designed to create a “bridge” to the new system that begins in 2014? We ask two of the Valley's leading experts on health care reform, Kevin Hamilton, deputy chief of programs at Clinica Sierra Vista and Dr. John Capitman, professor of public health and director of the San Joaquin Valley Health Policy Institute about what's next as the reforms in the Affordable Care Act become reality.

Segment 2: Title IX at 40
Four decades ago, the nation's landmark law that outlawed gender discrimination at educational institutions, known as Title IX, became law. In the years that have followed, institutions across the country have made great strides in achieving gender equity, giving girls and women equal opportunities, both in the classroom and on the playing field. But despite the progress, inequalities still remain. Today we look back at 40 years of Title IX with local gender equity expert and former Fresno State athletics administrator Diane Milutinovich, and Elizabeth Kristen Senior Staff Attorney with the Legal Aid Society.

Segment 3: Big Brothers, Big Sisters
Richard Lord, Executive Director of Big Brothers, Big Sisters Central California joins us today to talk about the programs of this important local organization which is helping at risk youth achieve a better tomorrow.


Special funding for this program comes from the California HealthCare Foundation

Juanita Stevenson has lived and worked in Fresno for the past 24 years. She is perhaps best known to Valley residents as a longtime reporter and news anchor with local television station ABC30, and has also worked at stations KJWL, KYNO and ValleyPBS. She is the recipient of the 2001 Associated Press Award for Best Reporting, and the 1997 Radio & Television News Directors Association Regional Edward R. Murrow award for Best Reporting.