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Dena Bunis is the managing editor of CQ HealthBeat, an insider look at health policy in Washington that focuses on Congress, federal health agencies and insurance, pharmaceutical, advocacy and business stakeholders.
A Brooklyn native, before coming to HealthBeat Dena was the Washington bureau chief for the Orange County Register where she specialized in California politics and immigration. Before that she was a national health policy reporter for Newsday in New York and D.C.. Dena has a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science from Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. She lives in Friendship Heights, Maryland. ű
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus was emphatic that illegal immigrants should be included when the landmark health care bill was being negotiated in 2009. But the White House and Democratic leaders said it was not the right time and health care would be taken care of when immigration was overhauled.