LA Times: California faces rising bill for retiree healthcare

3 of 9Adult Day Health Care dilemma Trinidad Contreras is a fixture at Gardner Family Health Network Adult Day Health Care facility in San Jose, Calif. on Wednesday, June 6, 2012. Due to budget cuts, the state declared Contreras no longer eligible for benefits, but Gardner Family Health Network Adult Day Health Care is continuing to let him participate in its programs without getting reimbursed while he appeals. He spends the hours between about 10 am and 2 pm playing dominos, walking the courtyard and tending the small garden boxes. (Dan Honda/Staff)

By Chris MegerianFebruary 22, 2013, 7:00 a.m.  First the good news: The state controller says the cost of providing healthcare to retired public employees did not rise as fast as expected. Now the bad news: Over the next three decades, the bill is expected to be $63.84 billion more than Sacramento has set aside to pay … Continue reading

LA Times: CalPERS plans 85% rate hike for long-term-care insurance

More than 110,000 CalPERS policyholders are being warned about the hefty increase, which won’t take effect until 2015. By Chad Terhune, Los Angeles TimesFebruary 21, 2013, 4:54 p.m.  Dailey Mayo received some stunning news in the mail last week: an 85% rate increase for the long-term-care insurance he has had for 15 years from the California Public … Continue reading

LA Times: California reveals details of health-law insurance plans

Jose Quintanilla, puts his shirt back on after getting a pneumonia shot at the adult primary care clinic at San Francisco General, on Thursday June 28, 2012, in San Francisco, Calif., where 36% of the patients are uninsured and 28% are on Medicare. In a divided but stunning decision, the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld virtually all of the far-reaching law crafted by President Obama to extend health coverage to most uninsured Americans. The narrow 5-4 ruling was a victory for Obama but also will serve as a rallying issue for Republicans calling for repeal of the Affordable Care Act passed by Democrats in 2010. Photo: Michael Macor, The Chronicle / SF

The state will lay out the specific co-pays and deductibles that many policyholders will face under the federal healthcare law. By Chad Terhune, Los Angeles TimesFebruary 13, 2013, 5:00 a.m.  Consumers are getting their first glimpse at what health insurance will look like in California as the state prepares to implement the federal healthcare law. On … Continue reading

LA Times: State lacks doctors to meet demand of national healthcare law

Benjamin Norman for The New York Times Patients at the Peekskill center, which may or may not get to keep a $4.5 million federal grant.

Lawmakers are working on proposals that would enable physician assistants, nurse practitioners, optometrists and pharmacists to diagnose, treat and manage some illnesses. February 09, 2013|By Michael J. Mishak, Los Angeles Times SACRAMENTO — As the state moves to expand healthcare coverage to millions of Californians under President Obama’s healthcare law, it faces a major obstacle: … Continue reading

LA Times: California lawmakers set to tackle healthcare expansion

January 25, 2013 | 12:56PM – Michael J. Mishak in Sacramento State lawmakers are set to introduce a series of proposals Monday to help California implement President Obama’s healthcare overhaul, including a major expansion of Medi-Cal, the state’s public insurance program for the poor. Gov. Jerry Brown called for the special legislative session in his … Continue reading

Capitol Desk: October Start for New Adult Day Program Could Be Halted

by David Gorn Disability Rights California on Saturday filed a motion in U.S. District Court to stop the Department of Health Care Services’ implementation of portions of the Community Based Adult Services program, saying the department violated terms of a previous settlement agreement. The motion noted that a federal court twice prohibited cutbacks to Adult … Continue reading

LA Times: Adult day healthcare patients could lose benefit, state warns

State healthcare officials are warning certain Medi-Cal recipients that they are in danger of losing their ability to attend adult day healthcare centers, where they receive nursing care, social services and meals. To continue receiving the benefit, officially called Community-Based Adult Services, eligible Medi-Cal beneficiaries must be in managed care, according to state officials. Nevertheless, thousands … Continue reading

URGENT! SAVE THE LONG BEACH SENIOR CENTER!

From our colleagues at CCS:  URGENT 2013 BUDGET CUTS EFFECT ALL LONG BEACH SENIORS! If the proposed City budget is approved as it stands, many senior programs and services at the Long Beach Senior Center will not be available after October 1, 2012. Almost 50% ofthe Senior Center staff will be out. If this Concerns … Continue reading

LA Times: Governors divided over Medicaid expansion

The usually united National Governors Assn. can’t seem to agree on the provision in Obama’s healthcare law that makes available billions of federal dollars to boost coverage for the poor. By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau July 14, 2012, 7:10 p.m.   WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — America’s governors have long used their semiannual gatherings to lock arms … Continue reading

LA Times: California patients struggle to transition to Managed Care System

The state began moving Medi-Cal patients to a managed care system to save money, but many with serious illnesses have had to give up doctors or delay treatment. By Anna Gorman, Los Angeles TimesJuly 2, 2012   One year ago, California began moving certain Medi-Cal patients into a managed healthcare system with the goal of … Continue reading

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