The Sacramento Bee: Medicaid is health overhaul’s early success story

3 of 9Adult Day Health Care dilemma Trinidad Contreras is a fixture at Gardner Family Health Network Adult Day Health Care facility in San Jose, Calif. on Wednesday, June 6, 2012. Due to budget cuts, the state declared Contreras no longer eligible for benefits, but Gardner Family Health Network Adult Day Health Care is continuing to let him participate in its programs without getting reimbursed while he appeals. He spends the hours between about 10 am and 2 pm playing dominos, walking the courtyard and tending the small garden boxes. (Dan Honda/Staff)

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press Published: Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 – 12:09 am Last Modified: Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 – 12:03 pm WASHINGTON — The ugly duckling of government health care programs has turned into a rare early success story for President Barack Obama’s technologically challenged health overhaul. Often criticized for byzantine rules and skimpy payments, Medicaid … Continue reading

Sacramento Bee: California’s uneven health-care safety net documented in report

California continues to extend a patchwork of safety-net programs for its poor and uninsured residents despite making progress in several of the state’s 58 counties, according to a report released Thursday. The report from the Health Access Foundation documents large disparities for the estimated 3 million to 4 million residents projected to remain uninsured even after the federal health … 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

Sacramento Bee: State’s GOP lawmakers put politics aside to help constituents understand health law

By Christopher Cadelago   Republican Assemblyman Brian Nestande of Palm Desert opposes the federal health careoverhaul. He’s uneasy about its potential adverse effects on small businesses. He worries that it will drive up health care costs. But he’s teaming up with officials from the state’s new health insurance marketplace Oct. 17 to host an informational town hall to help constituents navigate the … Continue reading

Sacramento Bee: California insurance exchange reports 16K finalized applications

The head of California’s health insurance marketplace announced Tuesday that 16,311 households completed applications in the first week of enrollment. Covered California Executive Director Peter V. Lee said the response Oct. 1-5 underscores the demand for health insurance in the state. Some 27,305 households have partially completed applications. In addition, more than 430 small businesses have signed up. Actual … Continue reading

Sacramento Bee: Californians fight tech troubles to buy health insurance

By Christopher Cadelago   On a day marked by protracted computer glitches and phone-service delays, Californians began shopping in earnest Tuesday for privatehealth insurance under the state’s version of the Affordable Care Act. The state formally launched its health insurance marketplace more than 31/2 years after President Barack Obama signed into law his signature legislative achievement. Officials … Continue reading

Sacramento Bee: Obamacare trade-off: low premium, high deductible

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR   WASHINGTON — You might be pleased with the low monthly premium for one of the newhealth insurance plans under President Barack Obama’s overhaul, but the added expense of copayments and deductibles could burn a hole in your wallet. An independent analysis released Wednesday, on the heels of an administration report emphasizing affordable premiums, is … Continue reading

The Sacramento Bee: California insurance chief warns about fraudulent sellers of health care policies

By Claudia Buck   With sales of the first Affordable Care Act policies just a week away, state officials are warning consumers of rip-off artists using scare tactics and phony websites. “Unfortunately, as with any new program, there are those who will use the new system to take advantage of or rip off consumers,” said state … 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

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