The Sacramento Bee: John Chiang: Numbers reveal unfunded health care crisis

BY JOHN CHIANG A few numbers to remember: 1.9, 72, 24, 92, 25, 67 and 121. No, they are not related to last week’s lotto, nor are they the residual carnage of a Sudoku factory meltdown. But they are important numbers to remember as Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers prepare to tackle a fiscal liability … Continue reading

The Sacramento Bee: Interactive: Poverty rates by California legislative district

BY JIM MILLER Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, talks with reporters after speaking at the 2015 California Women’s Policy Summit in Sacramento on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. Recalling her upbringing in Appalachia, Atkins told the gathering of women advocates that social services helped her rise out of poverty. RICH PEDRONCELLI AP Poverty in California … Continue reading

The Sacramento Bee: Medi-Cal patients sue over application backlog

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 JUDY LIN SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Medi-Cal patients and health care advocates filed a lawsuit against the state Wednesday for leaving hundreds of thousands of low-income and disabled people waiting months for care. The suit filed in Alameda County Superior Court aims to get the California Department of Health Care Services to process applications within … Continue reading

Sacramento Bee: Income checks throw Californians off health plans

By JUDY LIN SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Some Californians who purchased individual health coverage through the state’s insurance exchange are suddenly being dropped or transferred to Medi-Cal, the state Medicaid program for the poor that fewer doctors and providers accept. Covered California, which is responsible for determining and directing Californians to an appropriate health plan, has … Continue reading

The Sacramento Bee: California health exchange touts 4.2 percent increase in rates for 2015

By Christopher Cadelago California’s health insurance exchange officials announced Thursday that the average premium will increase an average 4.2 percent for the coming year, touting the lower-than-usual figure as evidence that the federal health care overhaul is making coverage affordable for millions of residents. Covered California tentatively chose 10 health insurers to participate in the … Continue reading

The Sacramento Bee: Spanish-language website aims to help California Latino businesses navigate health care law

By Mark Glover To help Latino business owners and employees comply with the federal Affordable Care Act, the California Endowment and its business partners have launched a new Spanish-language website. “It is essential that employers understand the health care law to take full advantage of its benefits and incentives, including tax credits that can make it easier for … Continue reading

The Sacramento Bee: Californians report roadblocks in new era of health care

By Christopher Cadelago John Aiello was thumbing through the directory of physicians provided by his insurance company when he came upon a surgeon with a familiar name. Could this be the specialist who treated his ailing father years ago in San Francisco? “I know the doctors there very well,” said Aiello, 50, a writer who lives in Mount … Continue reading

The Sacramento Bee: Hospitals pour money into California ballot campaign

In less than three months, healthcare networks and individual hospitals have pumped more than $51 million into a proposed ballot measure meant to lock up revenue from a Legislature-approved fee on acute-care hospitals. The measure would limit lawmakers’ ability to change or repeal the “Medi-Cal Hospital Reimbursement Act,” which lawmakers passed last year as SB 239. … Continue reading

The Sacramento Bee: Congress confronts Medicare cuts to doctors’ fees

By ANDREW TAYLOR WASHINGTON — Hope is fading for a Capitol Hill drive to permanently fix Medicare’s outdated payment formula and spare doctors from automatic cuts in their fees next month. Now the question is whether lawmakers can regroup and come up with a short-term solution when the current patch expires. Even though there’s widespread support for … 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

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