Multimedia journalist Lauren M. Whaley produces videos, radio stories, photographs and audio slideshows for the center and its partner organizations. She covers topics ranging from pregnancy and birth to mental illness to dialysis and diabetes. She's interested in sound-rich radio stories, character-driven photography essays and everything in between. She has contributed stories to Southern California Public Radio, KQED Public Radio, the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, among others. She is president-elect of the national Journalism & Women Symposium. While living in Wyoming, she worked as a newspaper reporter, blog editor and freelance magazine writer. She earned her master's degree in specialized science journalism from the University of Southern California, her bachelor's from Bowdoin College and spent summers in her early 20s taking high school girls on Arctic canoe expeditions. She hails from Baltimore.
The President’s embattled health law could play the role of a lifetime for California’s arts and entertainment community. It promises to expand health coverage beyond a relative few who work enough to qualify for Screen Actors Guild insurance, or who dig deeply into their wallets for individual plans.
But as they seek health care access – some facing profound injury or illness – performers are discovering sobering realities in health reform. They include limited provider networks and subsidy rules that are ill-fitted for the unpredictability of Hollywood incomes.
Tulare -- This poor, rural county in the southern Central Valley made its name in agriculture by producing more milk than any other county in the nation.
But for the men and women laboring in the dairies, fields and packing plants here, Tulare County also owns a less auspicious distinction: It is home to the highest percentage of adults in California without health insurance.
As the health care law's rollout bumps along its rocky road, few places, on a per capita basis, have as much at stake as Tulare County. Success or failure here will provide a real measure of the Affordable Care Act's ability to transform the health prospects of hundreds of thousands of Central Valley residents.
The California HealthCare Foundation Center for Health Reporting partners with news organizations across the state to produce in-depth reporting on health-care issues of importance to consumers and policymakers.