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: 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

Wall Street Journal: Health-care inflation heating back up

By Russ Britt Health-care inflation has hit a low point and is poised to start rising again, but it’s unclear whether annual medical cost hikes are heading back to the double-digit increases of years past. That’s the conclusion of a study released Tuesday by consultant PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Health Research Institute, which says medical costs will rise 6.5% this … Continue reading

SJ Mercury News: Stanford study: Moving some public workers to Obamacare could save billions

By Tracy Seipel Shifting hundreds of thousands of state and local government workers to less expensive coverage under the new health care law would save California about $1.4 billion a year, according to a study released this month by a group of Stanford University academics. Taxpayers could save almost $12 billion a year nationwide if … 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

California Healthline: Then vs. Now: How Dire Predictions About Obamacare (Mostly) Didn’t Come To Pass

by Dan Diamond It may be too soon to know if the Affordable Care Act is making Americans healthier. But there’s a smattering of data that suggests the law is making the health care industry healthier, at least. A tracker indicates that newly insured patients aren’t overwhelming doctors. A batch of anecdotal reports suggests that hospitals’ uncompensated care spending is … Continue reading

California Healthline: How California Took the ‘Lead’ on Obamacare — and Why It’s Too Early To Take a Victory Lap

by Dan Diamond, California Healthline Contributing Editor Joel Ario says he meant it as a compliment. It was January 2011, and Ario — the White House’s point man on exchanges at the time — was having dinner with Diana Dooley, California’s newly installed HHS secretary. And seeking to praise California, Ario told Dooley that her state … Continue reading

California Healthline: How California Took the ‘Lead’ on Obamacare — and Why It’s Too Early To Take a Victory Lap

by Dan Diamond, California Healthline Contributing Editor Joel Ario says he meant it as a compliment. It was January 2011, and Ario — the White House’s point man on exchanges at the time — was having dinner with Diana Dooley, California’s newly installed HHS secretary. And seeking to praise California, Ario told Dooley that her state … Continue reading

NY Times: Looking at Costs and Risks, Many Skip Health Insurance

By ABBY GOODNOUGH  LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Steve Huber, an affable salesman who is still paying off an unexpected medical bill, was not among the millions of Americans who signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act during the enrollment period that ended March 31. After seeing television ads for Kentucky’s new online insurance marketplace, Mr. Huber, … Continue reading

The Guardian: Los Angeles aims to make Obamacare universal in more than just name

Even with new law, 31 million remain uninsured, and Californian cities have become the epicentre of innovative programs. David Dayen Obamacare is constitutional, and it’s even an early success – but there are still 31m people left to cover. One California doctor has an idea how. Photograph: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images On a sunny weekday morning … Continue reading

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