LA Times: On Day One, the new Congress launches an attack on Social Security

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Michael Hiltzik Well, that didn’t take long. As one of its first orders of business upon convening Tuesday, the Republican House of Representatives approved a rule that will seriously undermine efforts to keep all of Social Security solvent. The rule hampers an otherwise routine reallocation of Social Security payroll tax income from the old-age program … Continue reading

LA Times: Gov. Jerry Brown considering expanding Medi-Cal to immigrants

Top aide Nancy McFadden, background, discussed Gov. Jerry Brown’s upcoming priorities while speaking at an event hosted by the Public Policy Institute of California. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times) By PHIL WILLON  Gov. Jerry Brown is considering expanding state-funded Medi-Cal coverage to residents shielded from deportation under President Obama’s new immigration policies. Nancy McFadden, … Continue reading

LA Times: California lawmakers set goals as new Legislature convenes

Assemblyman Roger Hernandez (D-West Covina) carries 4-year-old nephew Nathan Rogelio Hernandez while taking the oath of office. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press) By MELANIE MASON, PATRICK MCGREEVY  The new legislative session officially began Monday, with lawmakers converging on the Capitol to take the oath of office and legislative leaders signaling that the proposed University of … Continue reading

LA Times: Judge won’t stop L.A. County from sending 91,000 Medi-Cal cancellations

Los Angeles residents line up to enroll in Covered California and Medi-Cal plans on Nov. 15, 2014. The following week, advocates filed suit against the state challenging the legality Medi-Cal's renewal process. (Cheryl Guerrero)

Los Angeles residents line up to enroll in Covered California and Medi-Cal plans on Nov. 15, 2014. The following week, advocates filed suit against the state challenging the legality Medi-Cal’s renewal process. (Cheryl Guerrero) By ERYN BROWN  More than 91,000 Medi-Cal recipients in Los Angeles County will be sent letters this week telling them that … Continue reading

LA Times: On California initiatives, money talked, the public interest walked

By Michael Hiltzik It was obvious from the start that the cascade of corporate cash into ballot initiative campaigns in California this year would be overwhelming. The reality did not disappoint. That reality had to please the biggest spenders, notably the insurance companies and agents who defeated propositions 45 and 46, two pro-consumer healthcare measures. The … Continue reading

LA Times: California spends $13.4 million to fix Obamacare service woes

Ana Oliva and Felix Portillo of Los Angeles ask Valeria Lopez about Covered California insurance at an enrollment event in March in downtown L.A. (Ricardo DeAratanha/Los Angeles Times) By CHAD TERHUNE  California’s health insurance exchange hired two outside firms for $13.4 million to address long wait times for consumers calling about their Obamacare coverage. Covered … Continue reading

LA Times: Obamacare doctor networks to stay limited in 2015

Blue Shield customer Heidi Shurtleff of Laguna Beach complained that neither her gynecologist nor her gastroenterologist were covered despite assurances from the company when she enrolled. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times) By CHAD TERHUNE, SANDRA POINDEXTER, DOUG SMITH  Finding a doctor who takes Obamacare coverage could be just as frustrating for Californians in 2015 … 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

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