SacBee: Budget deal to reject home-care overtime restrictions

The budget pact coming together at the state Capitol will reject limits on overtime for in-homecare workers sought by Gov. Jerry Brown. Brown’s $107.8 billion general fund plan capped the number of hours for in-home workers, with the goal of preventing payments required by federal regulations set to take effect next January. The administration had warned that … Continue reading

Sac Bee: In California, middle class feels health insurance squeeze

By Christopher Cadelago and Phillip Reese Dawn and Nick LaPolla of Fair Oaks are solidly middle class, and they aren’t uninsured. Yet their required switch to a new health insurance plan under federal changes puts them at a financial crossroads. If they earn less than $94,200 a year, the family of four’s preferred plan through the California health exchange would … Continue reading

The Sacramento Bee: Early stumbles hamper California’s Latino health care enrollment

By Christopher Cadelago California has struggled to enroll Latinos in health insurance coverage through its new exchange, spurring waves of criticism from supporters of the law and potentially jeopardizing the program’s long-term success. Of the 400,000 customers who responded to a question about their ethnicity, fewer than 20 percent identified as Latino, Hispanic or Spanish over three … Continue reading

SacBee: Covered Calif.: Doctor, hospital directory release premature

Officials with the state’s health insurance marketplace acknowledged prematurely releasing an online directory of doctors and hospitals on Tuesday, a week after opening enrollment for its version of the federal health care overhaul. Covered California removed the directory within a day of release after discovering it was plagued by inaccuracies and sluggish performance. The search … Continue reading

SacBee: California ranks 20th of all states in new health index

By Cynthia H. Published: Thursday, Sep. 19, 2013 – 12:00 am Last Modified: Thursday, Sep. 19, 2013 – 12:14 am It’s really nothing to write home about: Overall, California ranks 20th of 50 states in health careclimate, according to a study that measures factors ranging from tooth loss to obesity to accessibility of health care. The … Continue reading

Sacbee: ‘Obamacare’ contractors project confidence

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVARAssociated Press Published: Tuesday, Sep. 10, 2013 – 8:36 am Last Modified: Tuesday, Sep. 10, 2013 – 12:07 pm WASHINGTON — Major contractors hooking up the internal plumbing of President Barack Obama’s health care law projected confidence Tuesday that they will be ready to go by an Oct. 1 deadline, even though the system is … Continue reading

SacBee: California, other states prepare to promote health insurance

By Annalise Published: Wednesday, Jul. 24, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 1A Last Modified: Thursday, Jul. 25, 2013 – 12:37 pm Barns, crab-fishing boats and beach bonfires create the backdrop for Portland-based musician Matt Sheehy’s performance of the Oregon health care exchange anthem, “Long Live Oregonians,” in a recent ad. “We’re free to be … Continue reading

SacBee: 9th Circuit says California illegally cut medical aid to poor

John William Springs, a retiree who gets nearly $12,000 a year in Social Security and disability checks, is $1,300 above the poverty threshold: officially, not poor.

By Denny Walsh Published: Saturday, Jul. 6, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A Last Modified: Monday, Jul. 8, 2013 – 7:57 am A federal appeals court Friday struck down California’s 2009 cuts of health care for the rural poor, which were made to save money while the state was in the throes of a budget crisis. The … Continue reading

SacBee: California’s health care exchanges not harmed by ruling, officials say

By Jim Published: Wednesday, Jul. 3, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 12A The Obama administration’s decision not to penalize large firms for failing to provide health insurance to workers next year will not harm California’s implementation of the health care overhaul, officials said Tuesday. California is creating an exchange to sell insurance to individuals and small … Continue reading

SacBee: Doctors, hospitals, unions push to stop Medi-Cal cuts

By Annalise Mantz Published: Wednesday, Jun. 5, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A Last Modified: Wednesday, Jun. 5, 2013 – 7:54 am Thousands of doctors, nurses, unionized health care workers and Medi-Cal patients flocked to the Capitol on Tuesday to protest possible cuts to the Medi-Cal program. Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed budget calls for a 10 … Continue reading

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