California Healthline: Exchange Success Helps Nudge First Budget Near a Half-Billion Dollars

by David Gorn, California Healthline Sacramento Bureau   Covered California’s spending rose to $488 million in its first fiscal year of operation — about 22% higher than the initial projected budget of about $399 million. Actual expenditures in FY 2013-2014 were lower than that because some of the computer costs were paid back by other … Continue reading

California Healthline: More Than One Million Latinos Enrolled In Exchange or Medi-Cal in Six Months

by David Gorn More than one million Latinos signed up for health insurance through Covered California or Medi-Cal over the past six months, according to numbers released yesterday by state officials. The insurance exchange yesterday released its total for its first six-month open enrollment period and the Department of Health Care Services released the number of Medi-Cal additions … Continue reading

California Healthline: Exchange To Lay Out Benefit Designs

by David Gorn. This week, Covered California’s board will take up the subject of insurance benefit design in 2015. The discussion Thursday of health plan offerings in 2015 comes just a couple of weeks after the end of the exchange’s first open enrollment period and just two days after the April 15 deadline to complete enrollment … Continue reading

California Healthline: Exchange Expects a Big Final Week, Allows April Completion of Paperwork

by David Gorn Covered California officials yesterday said the exchange will allow potential enrollees to finish their applications after the March 31 deadline — provided they started the application by midnight Monday. Enrollees will have until April 15 to complete the enrollment process. That accommodation had to be made, said exchange executive director Peter Lee, because … Continue reading

California Healthline: Latino Issues at Exchange Prompt Bill Proposing Change in Board Composition

by David Gorn A state Senate bill introduced yesterday would increase the number of Covered California health benefit exchange board members from five to seven and would increase the number of expertise categories for those board members. SB 972 by Sen. Norma Torres (D-Pomona) was prompted, in part, by low numbers of Latino enrollees in the exchange, … Continue reading

UT San Diego: Health exchange projects deficit in 2015

Covered California unsure how it will bridge gap when federal funding ends By Paul Sisson Covered California projects it will lose $78 million in the 2015-16 budget, and it is not clear how the health exchange plans to close that gap and become financially self-sustaining once federal grants run dry. While the exchange says that … Continue reading

LA Times: California health insurance exchange struggling to enroll Latinos

The lack of a Spanish-language application form and a shortage of counselors hamper the California health insurance exchange’s effort. Fremont High School students at the South L.A. Power Festival fill out health surveys and gather information about Obamacare. (Gary Friedman, Los Angeles Times / September 28, 2013) By Chad Terhune and Eryn Brown For all its success enrolling tens … Continue reading

California Healthline: Critical Times for State Health Exchange

by David Gorn  That’s especially true for Covered California, which circled Jan. 1, 2014 on its calendar years ago and now has a short time to finish signing people up for coverage before that deadline hits. The key target date for the health benefit exchange is Dec. 23, the last day Californians can sign up for … Continue reading

LA Times: California’s health exchange enrolls 159,000, but few Latinos turn out

About 7,100 Californians signed up daily for private health insurance in the state's exchange during the first week of December, data show. (David McNew / Getty Images),0,5700327.story#ixzz2nNcmjrOg

About 7,100 Californians signed up daily for private health insurance in the state’s exchange during the first week of December, data show. (David McNew / Getty Images) By Chad TerhuneCalifornia’s insurance exchange said 159,000 people have enrolled in private health plans through early December, but very few Latinos are signing up. In figures released Thursday, the … Continue reading

California Healthline: Exchange Sign-Ups Increasing Dramatically

by David Gorn  Enrollment statistics released yesterday by the state’s health benefit exchange show a large spike in the number of enrollees during the first week of December. Covered California officials yesterday said 49,708 completed the enrollment process and chose a health plan from Dec. 1 to Dec. 7. That rate of enrollment is significantly higher … Continue reading

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