The California Report: Obamacare Means New Challenges for California’s Safety Net Providers

By Lisa Morehouse California leads the nation in the number of people getting insurance through the Affordable Care Act. But now that the final deadline has come and gone on Tuesday, millions are still left uninsured. These people will still turn to community clinics and public hospitals for care — they are the safety net … Continue reading

The California Report: Why Some Don’t Pay Their Covered California Premium: It’s Not What You Think

 By Lisa Aliferis A new analysis finds that many people who signed up for a Covered California plan are likely to drop the coverage for a good reason: they found insurance elsewhere. Researchers at the U.C. Berkeley Labor Center released estimates Wednesday showing that about 20 percent of Covered California enrollees are expected to leave the program because … Continue reading

The California Report: California Exceeds Its Target for Enrollment in Obamacare Plans

By April Dembosky With six weeks left to go in the first open enrollment period in Covered California, the state’s health insurance marketplace, California has already exceeded its goal for the number of people it hoped to enroll into health care plans. As of February 15th, 828,638 people have signed up. The original goal had been 500,000-700,000 … Continue reading

The California Report: Midwifery, Physical Therapy, Pharmacist Bills Move to Governor’s Desk

By Lisa Aliferis (Getty Images) California’s legislators introduced a suite of bills during the legislative session that ended Thursday with an eye toward helping to expand access to primary care. These “scope-of-practice” bills have sometimes been the subject of hot debate in Sacramento, but three of them survived and have moved to Gov. Brown’s desk. Here’s a … Continue reading

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