KPCC: Lots of responsibility, no required training, for in-home caregivers

Anna Gorman | Kaiser Health News   Born just a year apart, Oliver Massengale and his brother Charles grew up together. Now, in a two-story home in Compton, they are growing old together. But Charles Massengale, 71, can do little on his own. The former tree trimmer has severe brain damage from a 30-foot fall, … Continue reading

KPCC: Tens of thousands still waiting for Medi-Cal coverage

Adrian Florido About 170,000 applications for Medi-Cal have been pending longer than 45 days, the amount of time the state is legally allowed to process applications. Some people have been waiting more than a year for coverage. JUSTIN SULLIVAN/GETTY IMAGES  State officials have been working for months to clear a backlog of Medi-Cal applications that … Continue reading

KPCC: Covered California plans changes to make buying insurance easier

Covered California officials on Thursday announced several changes the agency will implement in an effort to make signing up for health insurance easier during the second round of open enrollment, which begins Nov. 15. Peter V. Lee, director of the state-run health insurance marketplace acknowledged during a press conference that the agency had made mistakes during … Continue reading

KPCC: LA among worst cities for people with disabilities, report says

Los Angeles is among the worst cities in the U.S. for people with disabilities, according to a new report from the personal finance social network WalletHub. Launched in February 2012, WalletHub aims to help consumers and small business owners to make better financial decisions by providing them with information and tools, including one to search and … Continue reading

KPCC: Consumer advocates take Medi-Cal backlog fight to the feds

Adrian Florido and Paul Glickman A coalition of health advocates Friday asked the federal government to force California to do more to reduce its huge backlog of pending Medi-Cal applications. The state has rejected the key elements of a plan proposed by the advocates last month. In July, the Health Consumer Alliance sent a letter … Continue reading

KPCC: Snafu keeps thousands of low-income Angelenos out of Medi-Cal

Adrian Florido Photo by Alex Proimos via Flickr Creative Commons Several thousand low-income people who were supposed to be switched on January 1st from an L.A. County health plan to Medi-Cal have fallen through the bureaucratic cracks. The county blames differences in personal information kept by the county and the state, and says it has … Continue reading

KPCC: Restoration of Medi-Cal dental coverage comes too late for many

Adrian Florido  Adrian Florido| Miriam Martinez has had to have five molars pulled because of decay. “If I’d had dental insurance, I’d still have my teeth,” the 52-year-old said. Miriam Martinez’s mouth is a testament to what it means to be poor and without dental coverage. Several front teeth are capped with metal. She’s had three … Continue reading

KPCC: Most of SoCal’s Covered California insurers extend payment deadlines again

Stephanie O’Neill  David McNew/Getty Images Anthem Blue Cross’ offices in Woodland Hills. Five of the six insurers offering health plans to southern Californians through Covered California have granted yet another reprieve for their customers who have not yet paid their first premiums for policies that took effect Jan. 1st. A paperwork bottleneck at the insurance … Continue reading

KPCC: Covered California says it will clear paper application backlog by Monday deadline

Adrian Florido  David McNew/Getty Images An insurance expert certified by Covered California provides help filling out an application for health insurance at a Nov. 19 Affordable Care Act Enrollment Fair at Pasadena City College. California’s health insurance exchange says it expects to meet its Monday deadline to process a backlog of paper applications for new coverage. … Continue reading

KPCC: Covered California claims 4 of 5 California doctors are in its networks

Paul Glickman  Max Whittaker/Getty Images Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee. Covered California claimed Wednesday that more than 80 percent of California’s practicing physicians are included in plans offered through the state-run health insurance marketplace. The agency also claimed that a “substantial majority” of the state’s hospitals are available. “We believe our offerings compare favorably to commercial … Continue reading

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