LA Times: Gov. Jerry Brown considering expanding Medi-Cal to immigrants

Top aide Nancy McFadden, background, discussed Gov. Jerry Brown’s upcoming priorities while speaking at an event hosted by the Public Policy Institute of California. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times) By PHIL WILLON  Gov. Jerry Brown is considering expanding state-funded Medi-Cal coverage to residents shielded from deportation under President Obama’s new immigration policies. Nancy McFadden, … Continue reading

NY Times: From the Start, Signs of Trouble at Health Portal

By ROBERT PEAR, SHARON LaFRANIERE and IAN AUSTEN WASHINGTON — In March, Henry Chao, the chief digital architect for the Obama administration’s new online insurance marketplace, told industry executives that he was deeply worried about the Web site’s debut. “Let’s just make sure it’s not a third-world experience,” he told them. Joe Skipper/Reuters “So much testing of the new … Continue reading

Sacramento Business Journal: Covered California releases small-biz plans, rates

Christopher Arns Staff Writer-Sacramento Business Journal See correction at end of article. The state’s new health insurance exchange on Thursday unveiled how much small businesses in the program will pay for insurance starting this fall — one day after the man tasked with marketing the program to employers announced his resignation. Covered California released its rates … Continue reading

SacBee: California’s per capita spending on health care relatively low

California may have high housing, fuel and electric power prices, but Californians’ spending on health care is below the national average, according to a new data compilation by the Wall Street Journal. California was spending $6,258 per resident on health care – doctors, hospitals, prescription drugs – in 2009, the latest year for which complete data were available, the Wall Street … Continue reading

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