MONDAY, JULY 29.
PROGRAM # 7029 12:00 PM PT
AFFORDABLE CARE ACT IN ACTION. President Obama announced this month that 8.5 million Americans will receive health insurance rebates this summer. The Affordable Care Act requires insurers to spend at least 80 per cent of their premium profits on medical care. If that amount is not spent on medical care, the remainder must be returned to consumers. In addition, this program explores the cost of insurance plans unveiled by the New York and California health benefit exchanges. Prices are lower than what some analysts predicted.
Guests: Mayra Alvarez, Director of Public Health Policy in the Office of Health Reform at Health and Human Services, Washington, DC, www.hhs.gov; Sinsi Hernández-Cancio, Health Equity Director, Families USA, Washington, D.C., www.familiesusa.org.
TUESDAY, JULY 30.
PROGRAM # 7030 12:00 PM PT
IMMIGRATION EDITION: TRUST ACT AND BORDER SECURITY. The House of Representatives goes on recess this week, before taking up comprehensive immigration reform. In the absence of reform, California legislators are attempting to pass an amended version of the TRUST Act, a bill that would limit who state and local police can hold for deportation. This edition also takes a look at border security proposals in the immigration reform debate. Senate bill S. 744 allocates $46 billion to hiring more than 18,000 border patrol agents, building 700 miles of border fence and other measures that have raised concern among border communities. How does the House of Representatives’ approach compare?
Guests: Jon Rodney, Communications Manager, California Immigrant Policy Center, Oakland, CA, https://caimmigrant.org; Christian Ramirez, Director, Southern Border Communities Coalition, San Diego, CA, http://soboco.org/
WEDNESDAY, JULY 31.
PROGRAM # 7031 12:00 PM PT
REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH IN TEXAS. A new law in Texas imposes some of the toughest restrictions on abortion in the country. Reproductive rights organizations worry that decreased access to abortion clinics will force more low-income women to put their health at risk by seeking unsafe procedures across the border, or by purchasing abortion drugs on the black market. In addition, this program reviews the new regulations that will soon make the morning after pill accessible to women of all ages, without the need for a prescription.
Guest: Lillian Ortiz, Member, Board of Directors, NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, Houston, TX, http://www.prochoicetexas.org
THURSDAY, AUGUST 1.
PROGRAM # 7032 12:00 PM PT
EXPULSION CAPITAL. Kern County schools expel more students than any other county in California. Family advocates say that instead of amending the problem, the county is increasing its suspension rates. They also point to a new trend emerging: involuntary transfers, which involve sending hundreds of students to schools that are in some cases, 40 miles away from their homes. Critics contend that these children, many of them of indigenous Mexican descent, are being treated unfairly. This edition is part of a special series on the School-to-Prison Pipeline.
Guests: Fausto Sanchez, Community Worker, California Rural Legal Assistance, Bakersfield, CA, http://www.crla.org/; Susan Ferriss, Reporter, Center for Public Integrity, Washington, DC, www.publicintegrity.org; Martha Cisneros, Mother, Arvin, CA; Erika M. Brooks, Education Program Manager, Dolores Huerta Foundation, Visalia, CA, http://www.doloreshuerta.org/
FRIDAY, AUGUST 2.
PROGRAM # 7033 12:00 PM PT
MEXICO EDITION. Two months since the Mexican Army arrived in the state of Michoacán, the federal forces have not detained any leaders of organized crime, according to the chiefs of the community police. The government of Peña Nieto promises to return peace to the state, but in the month of July, there were 48 dead, including residents, criminal suspects, police and military. Also in this edition, Rosario Cabañas speaks about the persecution suffered by the family members of the late guerrilla leader Lucio Cabañas. Martha Elena Ramírez hosts Voz Pública from Mexico City.
Guests: Hipólito Mora, Chief of Community Police, Buenavista Tomatlán, “La Ruana”, Michoacán, Mexico; Rosario Cabañas, family member of the legendary guerrilla leader and teacher Lucio Cabañas, Guerrero, Mexico.