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California explores private insurance for immigrants lacking legal status. But is it affordable?

A doctor found cysts in Lilia Becerril’s right breast five years ago, but the 51-year-old lacks health insurance. She said she can’t afford the imaging to find out if they’re cancerous.

Becerril earns about $52,000 a year at a nonprofit in California’s Central Valley, putting her and her husband, Armando, at more than double the limit to qualify for Medi-Cal, the state’s Medicaid program for people with low incomes and disabilities. Private insurance would cost $1,230 a month in premiums, money needed for their mortgage.

Meet the Valley Leaders Who Will Impact You Most in 2023

Coming off the November elections, there’s no better time than now to rank the Valley leaders who can make your life better — or worse — in 2023.

Here in reverse order is a baker’s dozen of elected and non-elected leaders who wield power.

Fresno State receives $4M in state funding for new mobile health units

The year was 2015 and the Fresno State mobile health unit was rolling into its very first location in Parlier, California – a small town southeast of Fresno with a population of just over 14,000. Parlier would be the first of hundreds of stops the mobile health unit would make in its first seven years, benefiting thousands of residents in rural and underserved communities along the way. 

Looking for a new job? This California program will pay women to work in construction

State and local officials are doubling down on efforts to support women in California’s central San Joaquin Valley that want to pursue careers in the construction trades.

On Wednesday, California Assemblymember Joaquin Arambula, a Democrat who represents the Fresno area in California’s 31st district, presented a $3 million check to the Fresno Regional Workforce Development Board to support its ValleyBuild construction training programs.

Assemblymember Arambula to Present $3 Million State Allocation to the Fresno Regional Workforce Development Board

FRESNO, CA – Assemblymember Dr. Joaquin Arambula (D-Fresno) on Wednesday, October 12, will present a $3 million check to the Fresno Regional Workforce Development Board to support its ValleyBuild construction program, which includes a ValleyBuild NOW (Non-traditional Occupations for Women) pre-apprenticeship training program for women that recently completed its first cohort.

Neighborhood Industries gets $1.5M to renovate Tower District building

FRESNO, Calif (KSEE/KGPE)- Neighborhood Industries announced its campaign to purchase and renovate its building, which is currently under lease in the tower district.

Neighborhood Industries have been a part of Fresno’s Tower District since 2008 employing those who have little to no work experience.

Fresno State Gets $4M from State for New Mobile Health Units

Healthcare in Fresno County’s rural and disadvantaged areas is getting a $4 million boost thanks to a state appropriation secured by Assemblymember Dr. Joaquin Arambula, D-Fresno.

The money will purchase two new mobile health units and also support and provide stipends for nursing students who sometimes travel long distances to provide health care services, including COVID vaccines and boosters, flu shots, and blood pressure and blood sugar screenings