Ruby de Luna

Reporter

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 has reported on immigrant communities. She currently covers health care issues.  

Ruby is a transplant from Taipei, Taiwan. She holds a BA in communication from Seattle Pacific University. 

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. In her free time she practices her knife skills on new recipes. 

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GMO Labeling
8:36 am
Tue November 19, 2013

As GMO Labeling Fails, Whole Foods And Oregon Pick Up Torch

Some foods are already boasting that they do not contain GMO products.
Credit Flickr Photo/Becky Striepe

More than a week after the election, backers of the measure to label genetically modified food finally conceded defeat – but promised they would be back in 2016. In the meantime, national efforts to label GMO foods continue.

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Health Care
10:40 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Sorry, Washingtonians: You Won’t All Be Able To Keep Old Health Plan

Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler.
Credit insurance.wa.gov/

Within hours of President Barack Obama’s announcement that people could keep their old insurance plans – at least for another year – Washington state’s insurance commissioner said he wouldn’t abide.

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Affordable Care Act
9:59 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Young Invincibles? More Like, Still Unable To Afford Health Insurance

Jess Marie with her cat Moneypenny. For young adults like Marie, affordability is big issue when shopping for health plans.
Credit Jess Marie

When you think of young invincibles, as the government calls those who haven’t signed up for health insurance, you may think of the dude recklessly riding his skateboard in traffic.

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Elections Results
8:50 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Effort To Label GMO Foods Failing In Washington State

Some companies have voluntarily labeled their products as non-GMO, but Washington voters so far have decided against making it mandatory in the state.
Flickr Photo/Becky Striepe

Washington state likely won’t be labeling its food containing GMO products, after all. With most of the votes counted on Tuesday night, 55 percent said no to Initiative 522, which would have required labeling.

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Technology
11:12 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

State Health Exchange Launches App For 'Young Invincibles'

iPhone screenshots of Washington's Young Invincibles app, which also works for Android.

Washington state’s health exchange has just released an app for iPhone and Android users aimed at so-called "young invincibles," or young adults up to age 35. Their participation is crucial for the Affordable Care Act to work. But traditionally, this age group is least likely to buy health insurance for a variety of reasons.

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Health Care
11:12 am
Fri November 1, 2013

For Some, Health Exchange Is A Breeze. For Others, An Unending Headache

New hires train to take calls at Washington's health exchange call center in Spokane Valley.
Credit Northwest News Network Photo/Jessica Robinson

KUOW's Ruby de Luna explains the successes, and challenges, of the first month of Washington's health exchange.

Washington’s health care exchange got off to a rocky start one month ago Friday: from the temporary shut down on its first day to the recent errors calculating tax credits. Even so, Washington state has fared well compared to the federal Website and even has some fans.

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Health Care
7:55 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Oops. Washington Health Exchange Miscalculates Subsidies For Thousands

The front page of the Website for the Washington State Health Care Benefit Exchange.

Washingtonians who have signed up for health plans through the health exchange and qualified for tax credits may have received wrong information.

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Elections 2013
9:20 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Push For GMO Labeling Gains National Momentum

Seventy percent of processed foods sold in the U.S. contain genetically engineered ingredients like soy, corn, and sugar. Even at PCC, considered a beacon of organic products, is not entirely GMO-free.
Credit KUOW Photo/Ruby de Luna

If voters here approve Initiative 522, a measure to require producers to label foods made with genetically modified ingredients, Washington will join two other states that recently enacted similar laws.

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GMO Labeling
3:52 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Report: GMO Foods Don't Appear Harmful But Need Monitoring

With a vote on whether Washington should require labeling of genetically modified foods fast approaching, Washington lawmakers turned to the Washington State Academy of Sciences to learn more about GMOs and their possible impact.

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Open Enrollment
5:14 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Early Numbers For Wash. Health Exchange Look Strong

Washington state’s health exchange is one week old. To date, more than 9,400 people have enrolled for health coverage. More than half of them will be newly eligible for Medicaid when the program expands in January. In addition, 10,000 more people have filled out applications but have yet to hit the purchase button.

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Washington Health Exchange
9:09 am
Mon October 7, 2013

King County Reaches Out To Uninsured

King County held an information fair for Seattle residents who have questions about getting health coverage.
KUOW Photo/Ruby de Luna

Traffic to the Washington Health Exchange website has been busy since it launched last week. Although there have been fewer technical problems, the system has been slow at times.

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Health Exchange
8:18 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Washington Health Exchange's Early Enrollees

Gov. Jay Inslee shares a laugh with Charles Johnson as the two speak about having played high school football against each other decades earlier. Jackson is newly enrolled in Washington state's new health insurance exchange.
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

Washington’s health exchange got off to a bumpy start on its first day yesterday. The website was temporarily shut down all morning. People who tried to access the website experienced slowdowns and technical problems. But there were some people who managed avoid the glitches and sign up for health coverage.

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Affordable Care Act
6:50 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Washington Health Exchange Ready For Business

Nelly Kinsella of the Washington State Health Exchange Benefit Exchange shows a reporter how to navigate the new online market system. The state's health exchange opens Tuesday.
Credit KUOW Photo/Ruby de Luna

Tuesday marks  a big milestone for the Affordable Care Act; it’s the day a major centerpiece of the law comes to life. Washington, along with 15 other states, has spent years planning and developing an online market where consumers can shop for health insurance. Tuesday, the health exchanges make their live debut.

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Paid Sick Leave
3:25 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Businesses Adjust To Seattle's Paid Sick Leave Law

Last September, Seattle began requiring employers with five or more employees to provide paid sick leave. The requirement was controversial. Some businesses feared it would affect their bottom lines. Now a series of new reports aims to gauge the law’s impact. The latest one, commissioned by the city of Seattle, looks at how employers have dealt with the mandate. 

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From Mechanic To Nurse
8:20 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Health Care Sector Jobs Slowly Rebounding From Recession

Ross McGilvray works as a registered nurse in the Medical Telemetry unit at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle, Wash.
karenducey.com/Karen Ducey

Nursing schools around the country have seen a jump in enrollment in the last few years. Many students were hoping to get in on what was supposed to be a recession-proof field: the growing health care sector. Instead, new graduates faced a tough market.

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