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Supreme Court Signals Plan To Uphold The ACA. How Will Biden Expand It?

Nov 11, 2020
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On this edition of Your Call, we’re discussing the future of the Affordable Care Act. Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard yet another challenge to the law. Overturning the ACA would strip health insurance from more than 20 million people. 

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One population that’s especially vulnerable in this COVID-19 pandemic is people who are addicted to opioids. A medication known by the brand name Suboxone can help, but it can be difficult to access, especially for people who are homeless. In 2019, we reported on a dramatic increase in Fentanyl-related deaths in Contra Costa County, and one doctor who decided to bring the medication to the streets. 

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Stanford Health Care is planning system-wide pay cuts and furloughs to roughly 14,000 employees. This comes as embattled hospitals across the country fight the pandemic.

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On Wednesday, Governor Gavin Newsom partially lifted hospital restrictions. That’s because successful social distancing has left the state’s hospitals well below capacity. 

Why Former Cigna VP Wendell Potter Now Supports Medicare For All

Apr 8, 2020
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On this edition of Your Call, we’ll speak with Wendell Potter, a whistleblower and former VP of Cigna, about how the COVID-19 crisis is exposing our broken public health system and the failures of private health insurance.

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John Pearson works in the emergency room at Highland Hospital in Oakland. He says healthcare workers there were already experiencing critical shortages before COVID-19 existed.

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On January 1, California became the first state in the country to extend Medicaid benefits to all low-income adults, regardless of their immigration status. Over 100,000 additional Californians are eligible for health coverage under the new law, the latest piece of legislation in the state’s ongoing push for universal health coverage.

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Hey Area is where we find answers to questions you ask. One listener wanted to know, "Where is the best place in East Oakland to buy fresh produce with WIC vouchers?"

Philosophy Talk: The Limits of Medical Consent

Oct 25, 2019

Who has the right to decide my own medical treatment other than me?

Nursing Care Expected To Worsen As California Ages

Sep 16, 2019
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Advocates warn that people who need nursing care may increasingly be sent far away from San Francisco in a developing shortage of affordable nursing home beds linked in part to the cost of doing business and the cost of living in the Bay Area

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On this edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with Julie Burkhart, founder and CEO of Trust Women Foundation, a pro-choice and reproductive justice organization based in Wichita, Kansas.

Reimagining Dementia With Dr. Tia Powell

Jul 24, 2019


On this edition of Your Call, Dr. Tia Powell joins us to discuss her new book, Dementia Reimagined: Building a Life of Joy and Dignity from Beginning to End. More than five million people in the US have dementia. As 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 every day, that number will likely rise.

  YLR host Jeff Hayden welcomes Redwood City Attorney Catherine Raye-Wong, Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Law, to discuss  Planning for and Managing a Small Estate.  Questions for Jeff or Catherine?  Please call us, toll free, at  (866) 798-8255.



On the next Your Call, we’ll talk about the importance of social services to public health.

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Host Joseph Pace and guests explore the “Wild West” of California’s drug rehabilitation industry.

Host Joseph Pace and guests explore the ways in which artificial intelligence (AI) will impact US healthcare.  

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So many people are dying from opioid overdoses in the United States that these deaths have fueled an overall decline in life expectancy in 2017. Doctors in the Bay Area are responding by bringing medication for opioid addiction to people in unconventional places, like homeless encampments, emergency rooms, hospitals, and jails.

How would Medicare for All work?

Jan 8, 2019
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On this edition of Your Call, we discuss how Medicare for All would actually work.

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On this special edition of Your Call, we'll find out why Kaiser Permanente therapists, social workers, and other mental health workers are on a five-day strike across California.

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Open enrollment for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act ends December 15. Though many states are seeing plan prices drop, so far about 400,000 fewer people have signed up.

JoAnn Mar

The end of life is not easy for most people nearing death. Over half of all Americans experience unwanted pain and suffering during their final days. The numbers are even greater for people of color.

On this week’s media roundtable, we'll discuss coverage of the midterm elections. According to a Gallup Poll, healthcare and the economy were at the top of the list of voters’ concerns. Voters in Idaho, Nebraska and Utah approved initiatives to expand Medicaid, and Arkansas and Missouri voted for a higher minimum wage.

Palo Alto Proposition F: Health Care Cost Initiative

Oct 17, 2018
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Measure F limits how much hospitals, medical clinics and other health care providers in Palo Alto can charge patients and insurers for care. Under the measure, medical providers can’t charge more than 15 percent above the reasonable cost of care provided. What’s reasonable cost?

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Medical care for transgender youth is a new and evolving field. Many doctors don’t know the terminology, best practices, or how to make referrals to specialists. KALW reporter Christine Nguyen, a pediatrician herself, spent some time exploring how health professionals are learning about the medical care of transgender kids.

On this special edition of Your Call, we remember Stan Brock, founder of Remote Area Medical (RAM), an all-volunteer mobile medical clinic that’s been traveling to cities across the United States offering free healthcare since 1992. 

  US food safety regulations allow more than 10,000 chemicals to be added to a variety of foods.

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For nearly three decades, the guest house of San Francisco’s Zen Hospice Project has helped the dying live out their last days with dignity. In a large, immaculately kept Victorian-style home, caregivers paid attention to patients’ physical, emotional and spiritual needs. It was known as a special place. But due to a lack of funds, the guesthouse closed in June. And unless a donor steps up, the closure could be permanent. As a way of remembering the guesthouse, we’re re-airing an interview with BJ Miller, former director of the Zen Hospice Project.

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The Shipyard is supposed to be San Francisco’s biggest redevelopment project since the 1906 earthquake. It’s slated to have affordable housing, office and retail space, and parks. But this year, the shipyard development has been infamously dubbed “The biggest case of eco fraud in US history.”

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 On this edition of Your Call, we speak with activists about the Poor People’s Campaign.

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Reproductive rights, protections against sexual assault, transgender rights, and access to healthcare are all under attack. Patients are scrambling to find care, pregnant inmates are overcrowded in jails, and women's health is suffering under budget cuts. The news site Rewire extensively documents what is happening to reproductive rights and justice. How should journalists hold legislators accountable for their attacks on women's health?