April Dembosky

April Dembosky appears in the following:

As She Evacuated Patients From The Hospital, Her Home Burned

Sunday, October 15, 2017

On extremely short notice, two hospitals had to evacuate all their patients as wildfires spread rapidly through Santa Rosa, Calif., last Sunday and Monday. One nurse on duty tells her story.


Giving Birth Is Hard Enough — Now Try It In The Middle Of A Wildfire

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Wildfires that spread quickly in Northern California meant that hospitals had to evacuate on the fly. One woman in the middle of childbirth tells her story.


Evacuated During Labor: Mom Leaves Smoke-Filled Hospital As Baby Is On His Way

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

With contractions four and five minutes apart, Nicole Veum started to see and smell smoke at a Santa Rosa, Calif., hospital.


California Governor Signs Law To Make Drug Pricing More Transparent

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

This is the first step in a long game to develop clearer prescription drug pricing laws around the country, health policy experts say.


California Bill Would Compel Drugmakers To Justify Price Hikes

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

A bill passed by the California Legislature requires drugmakers to give 60 days' notice before raising a drug's price by 16 percent or more over two years, and to justify the price increase.


In A Conservative Corner Of California, A Push To Preserve Obamacare

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

A coalition of health clinics in northeast California is asking local officials to defend the Affordable Care Act. And some are, despite the area's conservative politics.


March Madness Vasectomies Encourage Guys To Take One For The Team

Friday, March 24, 2017

Some urologists use March Madness as an opportunity to market vasectomy services, offering men the excuse to sit on the sofa for three days to watch college basketball while they recover.


This CEO's Small Insurance Firm Mostly Turned A Profit Under Obamacare. Here's How

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The health law just needs a tuneup, says the CEO of Molina Healthcare, which operates in 12 states and Puerto Rico. The California-based insurer has seen profits, while Humana and Aetna struggled.


Veteran Teaches Therapists How To Talk About Gun Safety When Suicide's A Risk

Thursday, February 09, 2017

The VA is now training counselors in how to better understand and bring up guns and gun safety without alienating clients who are combat veterans.


What Happens To Medicaid In California Under A Trump Administration?

Friday, November 11, 2016

California made a huge effort to enroll people in Medi-Cal under the Affordable Care Act. Two-thirds of those people are minorities. If Trump dismantles Obamacare, the change could hit them hard.


Big Hospital Network Cracks Down On The Right To Sue

Friday, November 04, 2016

Some networks of hospitals, doctors and medical services are now so dominant in their region that they can hike their prices and force patients to waive the right to sue when things go wrong.


From Maverick AIDS Activist To Porn Cop: The Man Behind Proposition 60

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

In California, voters will weigh in on whether adult film performers should be required to use condoms on porn sets. The measure is backed by a controversial figure in gay activism: Michael Weinstein.


Would California's Proposed Tobacco Tax Hike Reduce Smoking?

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

When New York increased its cigarette tax, smoking rates declined. California's proposed increase of $2 a pack may, too, say researchers. The higher the tax, the more likely people are to quit.


Single Mom's Search For Therapist Hampered By Insurance Companies

Monday, July 25, 2016

Recent health laws were supposed to give people easier access to mental health care. But some adults who have anxiety or depression and need help are still having a tough time lining up treatment.


Frustrated You Can't Find A Therapist? They're Frustrated, Too

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Why is it so hard to connect people with therapists? Insurance bureaucracy cuts both ways, it turns out. Patients have trouble finding therapists in networks. And therapists have trouble joining them.


How Therapy Became A Hobby Of The Wealthy, Out Of Reach For Those In Need

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Therapists are in such demand they can bypass insurance companies, so the wealthy are more likely to get treated. A historian explains how this came to be the norm in the U.S. health care system.


Depressed Teen's Struggle To Find Mental Health Care In Rural California

Thursday, June 23, 2016

After a teenager attempted suicide, her parents searched in vain for therapists who would take their insurance and were accepting new patients. The family paid for therapy with credit cards instead.


Drug Company Jacks Up Cost Of Aid-In-Dying Medication

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Seconal used to cost less than $200 a bottle. After Valeant Pharmaceuticals bought the medication, the cost rose to $3,000. Advocates for aid in dying say that's a burden for the terminally ill.


Should Porn Stars Use Condoms? California Grapples With Regulation

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Updated at 8:11 p.m. E.T.

California's Division of Occupational Safety and Health rejected proposed regulations Thursday that would have required actors in all pornographic films statewide to use condoms.

Cal/OSHA's Standards Board voted 3-2 to accept the new regulations, but needed four "yes" votes to pass them. The board then ...


Farm Contractors Balk At Obamacare Requirements

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

The federal health law is putting farmers in a tough spot. Many contractors supplying workers have to offer health coverage. Insurance is costly, and contractors worry about immigration fallout.