health care


Being homeless means it's a daily challenge to get your basic needs met: eating, bathing and using the bathroom. For many women, one extra challenge arises every month when they get their period. 

John Lucas, used under CC attribution / cropped

The KALW News team is looking for three experienced radio reporters to cover beats for our daily news magazine Crosscurrents and to produce spots for our new daily newscasts.

Eli Wirtschafter

The East Bay’s congressional representative Barbara Lee (CA-13) introduced a bill last year that would greatly expand access to abortions. It gets rid of what’s called the Hyde Amendment, the restriction on abortion spending by the federal government.

Daily news roundup for Monday, November 9, 2015

Nov 9, 2015
Image by Flickr user 1Flatworld, used under the Creative Commons license. This picture was resized and cropped.

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

New Oakland housing fees may add millions in costs to residential projects // San Francisco Business Times

Nor Kathem has his eye on the clock. He has set the alarm on his phone to go off when his parking meter will expire. He doesn’t want to get a parking ticket in downtown San Jose. 

Kathem has an athlete’s swagger and sense of timing. He has been a refugee in three different countries, so even though he is only 20, he knows a lot about running out of time.

The Black Sheep

Jun 23, 2015


The next time you're in San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf, if you look carefully you’ll see a symbol of this support: a black cross drawn in marker. It’s the coat of arms for the Black Sheep, the area’s unofficial homeless first aid squad.


Where do you stand on the right to die movement? On the March 10th edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about a right to die bill in California. The renewed push for legislation comes after brain cancer patient Brittany Maynard moved to Oregon where she legally ended her life on November 1. Proponents of the bill say we should have the right to die with dignity. Opponents say people with disabilities and the elderly could be coerced into ending their lives. Where do you stand?  It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar and you.

Daily news roundup for Thursday, January 22, 2015

Jan 22, 2015
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Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, curated by KALW news:



On today's Your Call, we’ll speak with Peter Nicks, maker of the new film, “The Waiting Room,” about a day in the life Oakland’s Highland Hospital.  Mitt Romney has said the ER will provide health care for those without insurance.  But what’s the reality of the public ER?  If you’ve spent time at Highland or any other public hospital, what was your experience?  Join us at 10am Pacific or post a comment here. It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you.


Peter Nicks, producer and director of documentary film, The Waiting Room

On today's Your Call, we’ll talk about the Medicare system--how it currently functions and how it was changed under the Affordable Care Act.  Republican VP candidate Paul Ryan has proposed a privatized voucher system.  But critics say that could quickly become unaffordable for most seniors.  If you’re on Medicare or will be soon, what’s your opinion of how it should work?  Join us at 10am PST or post a comment here.  It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you.

Beware of Googlecare?

Aug 20, 2012

One of the most interesting side effects of the Obamacare debate has been the reporting on the history of health insurance in America, and how it came to be so predominately employer-based.

The city of Pleasant Hill is launching a small business assistance pilot program that will grant $37,500 to small businesses that generate sales tax revenue for the city…

A few words about the Supreme Court hearing testimony about "Obama Care." Because it's the highest court in the land, we can assume the arguments were solemn, dignified, and incisive...

“Obama Care Sucks!” “Does not.” “Does So.” “Does Not.” Like that, only in elevated lawyer language.

This week the Supreme Court began hearing arguments that affirm or deny the constitutionality of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA)—that started taking effect a little more than a year ago.

A record number of lobbyists were hired in 2011 by labor unions, business, and other interests. Union groups like the California Teachers Association are among those who have spent the most...