Covered California will not be available to undocumented residents (leaving an estimated three million residents without coverage) or to people who are now incarcerated.
In a dramatic announcement Sept. 5, leaders of the nine-week-long hunger strike by California prison inmates said they are suspending their strike.
The strikers' core demands include ending long-term solitary confinement and group punishment, and offering SHU inmates more constructive programs and activities.
As a hunger strike by California prison inmates entered its seventh week Aug. 19, authorities said some 130 inmates in six prisons are refusing meals.
While fueling a new source of profits for Wall Street, working families are not enjoying the benefits of California's Silicon Valley economic resurgence.
A protest grew to 3,000 once it reached the gates of the Chevron refinery, and 209 were subsequently arrested in a sit-down act of non-violent civil disobedience.
Inmates in California are risking their lives against a form of punishment many say is worse than death.
From at least 1997-2010, nearly 150 women were found to be sterilized while in prison,.
Thousands of inmates July 8 renewed a hunger strike begun in 2011 to protest prison practices they say amount to torture.
While the Senate debates the immigration bill, labor and community activists in northern California charge that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency continues to require local employers to fire hundreds of workers, saying they have no immigration papers.