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Elly Yu

Reporter

Elly Yu is a reporter at WABE, where she first got her start in public radio as an graduate student intern in 2013. Since then, she’s reported for WNYC, NPR, and Marketplace among others.  In 2014, Elly was awarded with an immigration reporting fellowship from the Institute for Justice and Journalism.

Elly holds a bachelor’s in international relations from the University of Southern California, and a master’s in journalism from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, where she co-hosted a podcast. 

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Leon Vuong manages a store inside a Vietnamese supermarket on Buford Highway. He came to the United States more than 30 years ago with his family from Vietnam. He was 10 years old at the time.

“We were refugees, we were boat people,” he said. “We lived on a refugee camp, we went through all of that, and we made it here, and we have lived here, and we assimilated to the culture.”

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Immigrant and refugee groups are raising concerns about a proposal put forth by Sen. David Perdue of Georgia, along with Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, to reduce legal immigration. The proposal got the backing of President Trump Wednesday in a joint press conference with the senators.

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Since Congress has failed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, Georgia Republican lawmakers are exploring ways to access more federal money under the current law, including Medicaid “waivers.” 

State Sen. Renee Unterman, R-Buford, chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, said the state is in a crisis, citing rural hospital closures in recent years and high healthcare costs.  

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The future of a program that protects young immigrants from deportation is uncertain. Last week, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly told a group of lawmakers that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, will likely not stand up in the courts.

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That has Jessica Colotl concerned about what’s next. 

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia is proposing an average increase of 40 percent to insurance premiums on the individual marketplace next year through the Affordable Care Act. The proposed rate hikes come as Congress continues to debate health care.

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