Ruby de Luna

Reporter, KUOW

Ruby de Luna is a features reporter at KUOW. She had originally planned to go into TV, but ditched the idea after discovering public radio. Ruby reports on a wide range of issues, but her focus has been on Seattle's immigrant community. It's a natural draw because Ruby is a transplant from Taipei, Taiwan. Before KUOW, Ruby worked in the Washington State Legislature as a broadcast information assistant for the House Democrats.

Ruby holds a BA in communication from Seattle Pacific University. She was a Jefferson fellow at the East–West Center Media Program in Honolulu, Hawaii. She's a mentor for the student radio project at AAJA (Asian American Journalists Association). She is former Western Washington Pro Chapter president of the Society of Professional Journalists.

In the age of computer/digital audio editing, Ruby is proud to be one of the few old–schoolers who can still edit tape with a razor blade.

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Whooping Cough
4:43 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

State Takes Emergency Action To Fight Wooping Cough Epidemic

Gov. Chris Gregoire is reaching into emergency funds to help contain the state's whooping cough epidemic.

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Washington ER Law
6:05 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Wash. Hospitals Unveil Alternative Plan For ER Visits

Washington state and health care providers are involved in a long-running dispute over unnecessary ER visits by Medicaid patients.
Photo credit: Sarah Gilbert/ Flickr KUOW

The state has been trying to crack down on ER visits for conditions that are not critical. But health care providers say the state’s policies go too far, they’re unsafe for patients, and will shift costs to hospitals.

Hospitals and emergency room doctors want to address the problem their own way. They’ve put together what they call best practices for reducing unnecessary ER visits. A key component of that is using an electronic health information system.

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Pertussis Epidemic
4:52 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Whooping Cough Cases Reaching Record Levels In Washington

Chris Dunbar, assigned to Naval Medical Center San Diego, gives a patient a pertussis vaccine booster. These are necessary because vaccines wear off.
Photo credit: Chad A. Bascom U.S. NAVY

Secretary of Health Mary Selecky announced today that as of last month, there have been 640 cases of whooping cough. That’s compared to 94 in the same period last year.

Selecky: “If this pace continues, we’re on track to have the highest number of whooping cough cases in our state in decades.”

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Washington Pharmacy Regulations
5:44 am
Thu March 22, 2012

Washington to Appeal Plan B Ruling

OLYMPIA - Washington will appeal a recent federal ruling on the state’s pharmacy regulations. Last month a federal district court judge found the state’s rules on dispensing medications unconstitutional. At the heart of the case is emergency birth control pills. Ruby de Luna reports.

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Washington Helmet Proposal
5:12 am
Mon March 12, 2012

High School Athletics Helmet Proposal Stirs Debate

RENTON -- A proposal to reduce concussions in high school football is creating a lively debate among some of the state’s high school coaches. Monday, that proposal will be a big focus at a meeting of the Washington Interscholastic Athletics Association in Renton. Ruby de Luna has details on the plan, known as Amendment 6.

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Health Insurance Exchange
6:00 am
Tue February 28, 2012

Washington Proposes Health Insurance Exchange

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- If you buy your own health plan, you probably go through an insurance broker. By next year you’ll be able to shop through a health insurance exchange. Most states are creating their own marketplace for people to compare and shop for health plans. Reporter Ruby de Luna has a preview of what Washington's exchange could look like, and what to expect.

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Washington Prescription Law
5:44 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Judge Finds State Pharmacy Rules Unconstitutional

TACOMA, Wash. -- A federal judge in Tacoma has ruled that Washington‘s pharmacy regulations are unconstitutional.

The regulations require pharmacies and pharmacists to fill prescriptions and to do them in a timely manner. The judge found the state’s rules infringe on pharmacists’ right to religious freedom by requiring them to dispense emergency contraception also known as Plan B.

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Washington Prescription Law
7:46 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Federal Court To Rule On State’s Rx Rules

TACOMA, Wash. -- A federal judge in Tacoma is scheduled to rule Wednesday on Washington’s pharmacy regulations. Ruby de Luna reports that the main question before the court is whether the state’s rules violate the religious rights of pharmacists.

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Women's Rights
6:10 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Abortion Bill Clears Washington State House

Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia
Photo by Wikimedia User Visitor7 Wikimedia Commons

The Washington State House has passed a bill that requires insurance companies that cover maternity services to also include procedures to terminate pregnancies. Women in Washington State already have access to abortion services. The bill attempts to preserve the status quo.

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Prescription Drug Take-Back
6:00 am
Fri February 10, 2012

Washington Coalition Push for Drug Take-Back Program

A bill in the Wash. Legislature is aimed getting expired prescription drugs out of circulation.
Photo by Kevin Mooney Northwest News Network

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- The abuse of old prescription drugs has been a leading cause of accidental overdosing deaths. Now there’s a bill in the State Legislature aimed getting expired meds out of circulation. But the proposal is in danger of dying, unless it moves forward in the Senate. Ruby de Luna reports.

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