Wednesday, June 20, 2012


Caine's Arcade | A cardboard arcade made by a 9-year old boy.

Caine Monroy is a 9-year old boy who spent his summer vacation building an elaborate DIY cardboard arcade in his dad's used auto parts store.

Caine dreamed of the day he would have lots of customers visit his arcade, and he spent months preparing everything, perfecting the game design, making displays for the prizes, designing elaborate security systems, and hand labeling paper-lunch-gift-bags. However, his dad's autoparts store (located in an industrial part of East LA) gets almost zero foot traffic, so Caine's chances of getting a customer were very small, and the few walk in customers that came through were always in too much of a hurry to get their auto part to play Caine's Arcade. But Caine never gave up.

One day, by chance, I walked into Smart Parts Auto looking for a used door handle for my '96 Corolla. What I found was an elaborate handmade cardboard arcade manned by a young boy who asked if I would like to play. I asked Caine how it worked and he told me that for $1 I could get two turns, or for $2 I could get a Fun Pass with 500 turns. I got the Fun Pass.


This short film tells the story of Caine's Arcade, and of our attempt to make Caine's day.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The California Health IOU Project is a collaborative effort, based at Health Access, to protect consumers from medical debt by:

  • Monitoring and working with hospitals, regulatory agencies and consumer attorneys to ensure compliance with California's Hospital Fair Pricing Act of 2006 (AB774, Chan), which created first-in-the-nation consumer pricing protections.
  • Advocating for additional consumer protections against underinsurance and medical debt,such as limits on billing of the uninsured by Emergency Room doctors (AB1503, enacted 9/29/10), limits on predatory marketing of credit by dentists (AB171, enacted 10/11/09), and benefit standards for health insurance (AB1334, pending in CA Senate). 
  • Education and training of public and private agencies, advocacy groups and the public to ensure that Californians know they have a legal right to fair hospital prices.

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