SacBee: Lawmakers approve California budget with midnight deadline looming

By David Siders and Jeremy B. White California lawmakers approved a $156.4 billion state budget Sunday, rushing to pass legislation less than six hours before the constitutional deadline. The spending plan, a compromise between Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature’s Democratic majority, includes more money for high-speed rail, Medi-Cal and welfare-to-work, and an expansion of child care and … Continue reading

Sac Bee: California senator unveils bill to give health care to undocumented immigrants

A plan to provide undocumented immigrants in California access to subsidized health care has been spelled out in Senate Bill 1005 by Sen.Ricardo Lara, a Democrat from Bell Gardens. Undocumented immigrants are excluded from the federal Affordable Care Act that is now offering legal residents the ability to purchase health insurance through government-run marketplaces. Lara’s bill would create two avenues for Californians who … Continue reading

Sac Bee: Poll shows Californians know little about state health insurance exchange, benefits

By David Siders Less than two months before California’s health insurance exchange opens for enrollment under the federal health care overhaul, three-quarters of voters under age 65 say they’ve heard little or nothing about the exchange, according to a new Field Poll. Only 6 percent of registered voters under 65 say they have heard a lot about … Continue reading

Sac Bee: Field Poll shows continued support for health care overhaul in California

By David   A majority of California voters remain unflinching in their support of the federal health care overhaul, though nearly half of the electorate predicts it won’t affect them much, according to a new Field Poll. Forty-six percent of California voters – a plurality – say they do not expect to be much better or worse off when the law … Continue reading

Sac Bee: Half of California voters report difficulty paying for health care, poll finds

By David Siders Half of California voters say they are paying more for health care than they were a year ago, and the same percentage of voters say theirhealth care costs are hard to afford, according to a new Field Poll. Fifty percent of California voters say the amount they pay for their family’s health care has increased in the … Continue reading

Sac Bee: California looks for a new generation of culturally sensitive health care workers

By Cynthia H. Published: Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 1B Last Modified: Monday, Aug. 12, 2013 – 9:38 am At 18, Tria Vue already has a world of experience in health care. For her Hmong parents, she’s been translator, prescription drug dispenser, navigator, patient advocate and cultural broker. After years of this, Vue … Continue reading

Sacramento Bee: 12 insurance plans join Calif. health exchange

The Associated Press Published: Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013 – 3:23 pm Last Modified: Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013 – 3:46 pm SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Twelve health insurance companies have signed contracts to offer coverage through California’s new exchange as part of the federal health care law. Covered California said Wednesday that all 12 companies will offer individual plans starting … Continue reading

Sac Bee: California will spend $232.9 billion in new state budget

California will spend $232.9 billion during the 2013-14 fiscal year if the recently enacted state budget is precisely followed. But the total, outlined in a followup report by the Legislature’s budget analyst, Mac Taylor, is only an educated guess, and if past patterns hold true the real levels of income and outgo will be billions of dollars different. One … Continue reading

SacBee: AM Alert: Auditor assesses Covered California health exchange

We’re a little late on this one (call it summer recess-induced lethargy), but the State Auditor has produced a report assessing how the state is faring with Covered California, its insurance exchange mandated under the federal health-care overhaul. California committed to building the exchange early, unlike Republican-controlled holdout states. It also had the largest uninsured population of any … Continue reading

Sac Bee: Federal appeals court upholds California’s Medi-Cal rate cut

The full 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Friday upheld Gov. Jerry Brown’s 10 percent cut in payments to hospitals, doctors, pharmacists and other providers of medical care to the poor under the state Medi-Cal program. The cut, adopted by Brown and the Legislature two years ago to help balance the state budget, was nullified by … Continue reading

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