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

LA Times: Proposed L.A. County budget shifts money to jails, foster care reform

  L.A. County children’s social workers strike outside the El Monte field office of L.A. County Supervisor Gloria Molina in December. The proposed county budget addresses hiring more social workers and reducing caseloads. (Mel Melcon, Los Angeles Times)   By Abby Sewell and Soumya Karlamangla Los Angeles County officials proposed a budget Monday that would pump … Continue reading

LA Times: Release of Medicare doctor payments shows some huge payouts

  A patient’s pill organizer. Ending decades of secrecy, Medicare is showing what the giant healthcare program for seniors pays individual doctors. (Carolyn Cole, Los Angeles Times / September 12, 2013) By Chad Terhune, Noam N. Levey and Doug Smith Ending decades of secrecy, Medicare is showing what the giant healthcare program for seniors pays individual doctors, and the figures reveal … Continue reading

LA Times: Number of Americans without health insurance reaches new low

The level is at its lowest since before President Obama took office, says a Gallup survey that indicates 8 million people have gained coverage since September. In Commerce on March 31, people wait to complete paperwork to beat the deadline to acquire healthcare coverage through the Affordable Care Act. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times / March 31, 2014) … Continue reading

LA Times: Obamacare sign-ups surge in California ahead of deadline

Heavy volume at the Covered California insurance exchange website was creating delays for many consumers and enrollment counselors.   Lourdos Leanos of North Hollywood, in baseball cap, and many others stand in line at the Panorama Mall in the northeast San Fernando Valley to sign up for Obamacare at a Covered California enrollment event ahead … Continue reading

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