California’s new health exchange, Covered California, says it makes sense to go where the people are to sign them up for coverage under the federal health care overhaul. As a major retailer, Wal-Mart stores seems to make sense. But union leaders protest the choice of Wal-Mart, contending that the corporation does not provide adequate health insurance for its own employees. Details of these retail partnerships are expected to be completed soon.
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