Posts Tagged ‘health care’

Timing of Medicare and Covered California enrollment collide, causing confusion among seniors

North Oakland Senior Center

When Barbara Witney, a 65-year-old marriage and family therapist, tried to sign up for Medicare last week, she was dismayed to find herself baffled. “I’m a pretty educated person and it was confusing for me,” she said. Witney, whose existing health insurance premium is expected to double this January, had the misfortune of turning 65…

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Spending time with The Waiting Room, a documentary on Oakland’s Highland Hospital

CJ, an E.D. Nurse at Highland Hospital, in a production still from the upcoming film, "The Waiting Room."

“The Waiting Room” is an upcoming feature-length documentary film shot entirely at Oakland’s Highland Hospital. The film follows a group of patients and doctors as they struggle through the realities of the public health care system—lack of insurance, the high cost of care, a shortage of beds, and extremely long wait times. Peter Nicks, the film’s director sat down with Oakland North reporter Adam Grossberg to discuss the project.

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