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California's version of the Affordable Care Act is going better than many others, but that doesn't mean there aren't problems. We hear about website glitches and delays in providing guides for insurance exchanges as well as success in expanding coverage for the poor. Also, UCLA has a new "evidence-based" program for helping autistic kids and their parents.

Image-for-WWLA.jpg On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, elections for Mayor in Detroit, New York and Boston turned more on class than race this month as multi-ethnic coalitions focused on economic recovery. With further help unlikely to come from Washington, are America's big cities now on their own?

 

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Producers:
Christian Bordal
Sonya Geis
Anna Scott

Main Topic A Progress Report on Obamacare in California 15 MIN, 12 SEC

California's version of the Affordable Care Act is going better than many others, but that doesn't mean there aren't problems. Covered California's own Facebook page received comments including "still on hold going on 40 minutes," and "such a gift horse to the insurance companies." We hear about website glitches and delays in providing guides for insurance exchanges as well as success in expanding coverage for the poor.

Guests:
Jim Mangia, St John's Well Child and Family Center (@wellchildorg)
Howard Kahn, LA Care (@LACareHealth)
Patrick Johnston, California Association of Health Plans (@calhealthplans)

Reporter's Notebook Teaching Social Skills to Socially Challenged Kids 11 MIN, 35 SEC

Autism covers a broad category of troubles with social interaction, including verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. It's said to be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors, and symptoms arise when children are two or three. As they grow older, help in dealing with other people is needed. UCLA's Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS) has come up with what it calls an "evidence-based" program.

Guests:
Elizabeth Laugeson, UCLA
Kelly Coady, mother of a son with autism

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