Ask Emily

Answers to consumer questions about Obamacare


Emily Bazar is a columnist and senior writer for the California HealthCare Foundation Center for Health Reporting. Her column, “Ask Emily,” addresses readers’ questions about the Affordable Care Act, and has generated more than 2,000 direct questions and comments to and hundreds more to the newspaper and NPR affiliate sites where it appears. In her role as Ask Emily, Bazar also regularly appears on KPCC, KQED, Valley Public Radio and other California radio stations. Outside of Ask Emily, Bazar covers stories about Medi-Cal, children’s dental care and variation in the use of medical treatments. Her reporting on Medi-Cal’s troubled children’s dental program was awarded the 2011 California Journalism Award for Special Feature/Enterprise Reporting. Prior to joining the Center for Health Reporting, Bazar worked at USA TODAY and The Sacramento Bee. She graduated from Stanford University.

About this project

What does Obamacare mean for me? The answer is rarely simple or easy to find. But award-winning journalist Emily Bazar is on the case. In “Ask Emily,” a bi-weekly column that runs in more than 25 newspapers and NPR affiliate websites across California, Emily digs for – and comes up with – answers to your questions about how this giant health care overhaul works. She also provides tips on where to find help if you need it. 


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