SJ Mercury News: California’s managed care project for poor seniors and disabled faces backlash

By Anna Gorman California’s experiment aimed at moving almost 500,000 low-income seniors and people with disabilities automatically into managed care has been rife with problems in its first six months, leading to widespread confusion, frustration and resistance. Many beneficiaries have received stacks of paperwork they don’t understand. Some have been mistakenly shifted to the new … Continue reading

San Jose Mercury: California voters reject Propositions 45, 46, 48; pass 47

By Tracy Seipel and Jessica Calefati California voters soundly rejected two hotly contested propositions Tuesday night — one that would have halted excessive health care insurance rates and another that would have raised the state’s 39-year-old cap on medical malpractice damage awards. An Indian gaming proposal also failed. But voters passed a measure that requires … Continue reading

San Jose Mercury News: Obamacare: Massive backlog stalls Medi-Cal expansion

By Helen Shen, Kaiser Health News A mountainous backlog of Medi-Cal applications is well into its third month, but California officials have provided little information about how and when the largest such bottleneck in the nation might be cleared. The California Department of Health Care Services first reported 800,000 pending applications in April. A month … 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

San Jose Mercury News: Obamacare extension of nonconforming health plans won’t affect many Californians

By Tracy Seipel The Obama administration’s announcement Wednesday that allows a two-year extension for individual health insurance policies that don’t conform to the health care law applies nationwide — but only to states that agree to the plan, according to a spokeswoman with the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. In California, even if … Continue reading

San Jose Mercury News: New health care law: Hospitals pressured to slash costs, improve quality of care

By Tracy Seipel The new federal health care law is giving millions of uninsured Americans health coverage — and many of them are expected to get long-delayed surgeries and seek other crucial medical care. So why are some hospitals up for sale or desperately seeking to align with others? One reason is that the health … Continue reading

SJ Mercury News: California’s low income health program transfers more than 630,000 to Medi-Cal

By Tracy Seipel Acting under provisions of the new federal health care law, California’s Department of Health Care Services on Tuesday said it transferred more than 630,000 Californians from the state’s Low Income Health Program to Medi-Cal, the state’s health program for the very poor. The new federal law, called the Affordable Care Act and … Continue reading

San Jose Mercury News: California poll shows young and healthy more likely to seek medical insurance

By Tracy Seipel tseipel@mercurynews.com POSTED:   12/04/2013 09:00:00 PM PST       They’ve been dubbed the “young invincibles,” people in their 20s and 30s who must sign up for medical insurance in droves to ensure the success of the new health care law. But a new California poll indicates that perhaps they should be … Continue reading

San Jose Mercury News: Covered California chief, Peter Lee, defends delay of enrollment figures

By Tracy Seipel SAN JOSE — Peter Lee, the head of the state’s new health insurance exchange, said Monday that he will not reveal how many Californians have enrolled in health plans until mid-November. But once the figures are posted, Covered California’s executive director told this newspaper’s editorial board in a wide-ranging interview, the enrollment … Continue reading

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