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On Valley Edition: Valley Health Reform; Fresno Veterans Home; New National Park

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This week on Valley Edition, KVPR’s Rebecca Plevin reports on how valley counties are preparing to expand coverage to their poorest residents under the Affordable Care Act. We’ll also talk with Peter Cunningham, Ph.D., Senior Fellow and Director of Quantitative Research with The Center for Studying Health System Change about whether the San Joaquin Valley as a whole is ready to take on health reform.

In the second segment of our program we talk about the long awaited opening of the Fresno Veterans Home. After more than a decade of planning and lobbying by Valley veterans groups the home is set to open fall of 2013. We ask guests Nazzeera Tackett, assistant administrator of the Fresno Veterans Home, and valley veterans advocate Charlie Waters about the process of opening the home and what it will mean to Valley veterans.

Last week President Obama signed legislation authorizing the creation of the nation’s newest national park, Pinnacles, located just a few hours from Fresno near the Central Coast. We close our program with a look at what makes Pinnacles a destination worthy of visiting. We’ll learn about is its soaring ancient volcanic pinnacles, monoliths and spires, and its wildlife, including the endangered California condor.  Annette Kondo of the Wilderness Society, California region, joins us to talk about what the park offers and the process of upgrading the park from a national monument to a national park.

Support for coverage of health 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.
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