LA Times: 30,000 Californians face Obamacare enrollment delays, dropped coverage

Peter Lee, Covered California’s executive director, said the exchange is working hard to resolve customers’ problems. Above, he discusses consumer outreach last week in Los Angeles. (Anne Cusack/Los Angeles Times) By CHAD TERHUNE California’s health insurance exchange is vowing to fix enrollment delays and dropped coverage for about 30,000 consumers before the next sign-up period … Continue reading

LA Times: California officials gearing up for Obamacare open enrollment

Workers help applicants register for healthcare insurance during an enrollment fair at the Bay Area Rescue Mission in Richmond, Calif. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) By CHAD TERHUNE  Looking to avoid the pitfalls and confusion that surrounded the launch of Obamacare, California is gearing up to get 1.2 million people to renew their health policies … Continue reading

LA Times: Op-Ed California’s Medi-Cal explosion

People attend an orientation in North Hills last February for Covered California and Medi-Cal enrollees. (Los Angeles Times)

People attend an orientation in North Hills last February for Covered California and Medi-Cal enrollees. (Los Angeles Times) By ANNA GORMAN California is coming face to face with the reality of one of its biggest Obamacare successes: the explosion in Medi-Cal enrollment. The numbers — 2.2 million enrollees since January — surprised healthcare experts and … Continue reading

LA Times: Medi-Cal struggles to provide services to ever-growing clientele

Potential enrollees at a North Hills screening event for Covered California and Medi-Cal in February. Hundreds of thousands of Medi-Cal applications have been delayed as the state and counties struggle with computer systems. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times) By CHRIS MEGERIAN  Alisha Gutierrez, whose email address refers to her as the “tooth fairy,” has … Continue reading

LA Times: Kaiser cuts Obamacare rates 1.4% for 2015; Anthem hikes rates 4.6%

Kaiser Permanente, among the highest-priced health plans in 2014, is lowering its premiums for next year. Above, Kaiser seeks enrollment last fall in east L.A. (Gary Friedman/Los Angeles Times) By CHAD TERHUNE Halthcare giant Kaiser Permanente is lowering its rates for Obamacare coverage in California by 1.4% next year, according to an industry report. California’s … Continue reading

LA Times: Health premiums soared, Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones says

“The rate increase from 2013 to 2014, on average, was significantly higher than rate increases in the past,” said Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, shown in 2011. (Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times) By STUART PFEIFER  The cost of health insurance for individuals skyrocketed this year in California, with some paying almost twice what they did … Continue reading

LA Times: California expands parole for elderly, medically frail

By:PAIGE ST. JOHN California parole officials Monday said the state is ready to begin the early release of elderly and frail prisoners who meet new criteria for parole. The program’s details were released publicly for the first time at a meeting of the Board of Parole Hearings. They were ordered by a panel of federal … Continue reading

LA Times: Anthem’s Obamacare rates to increase less than 10% in California

Anthem Blue Cross President Mark Morgan said the age and projected medical costs of new enrollees are in line with the company’s expectations thus far. “We will not have double-digit increases in our Covered California operations,” he said Thursday. (Cheryl A. Guerrero / Los Angeles Times) CHAD TERHUNE  In the strongest indication yet where Obamacare … Continue reading

LA Times: Analyst predicts $2.5-billion windfall for California

Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor says a healthier stock market and increasing property values will bring in higher tax revenues. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press) PHIL WILLON, PATRICK MCGREEVYcontact the reporters Forecast: Rising stock market and property values will bring California higher tax revenue California’s extra tax revenue would go to a $1.2-billion increase in Medi-Cal costs, … Continue reading

LA Times: Medi-Cal backlog hits 900,000 as computer problems persist

  A group assembles to learn about their Obamacare options at Our Lady of Peace Parish in North Hills in February. Because of problems traced to state computer systems, 300,000 Medi-Cal applications are backlogged in L.A. County. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times) Eryn Brown Around 900,000 Medi-Cal applicants statewide — 300,000 of them in Los … Continue reading

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