The independent documentary “The Waiting Room” was shot at Oakland’s Highland Hospital and is now making the rounds at film festivals across the country. Click through to the 5-minute short. It captures the power of what it means to be uninsured and trying to access health care through the emergency room of a large safety-net hospital.
Lisa Aliferis is the founding editor of KQED's State of Health blog. Since 2011, she's been writing and editing stories for the site. Before taking up blogging, she toiled for many years (more than we can count) producing health stories for television, including Dateline NBC and San Francisco's CBS affiliate, KPIX-TV. She also wrote up a handy guide to the Affordable Care Act, especially for Californians. Her work has been honored for many awards. Most recently she was a finalist for "Best Topical Reporting" from the Online News Association. You can follow her on Twitter: @laliferis