UT-San Diego: Covered CA: 98K face losing coverage

Exchange says nearly 100,000 have not yet proven immigration status By Paul Sisson Literature about the Covered California health insurance exchange. / photo by Nelvin C. Cepeda * U-T  About 98,000 California families must verify their immigration status by Sept. 30 or lose their health coverage, the state’s insurance exchange announced Thursday. In a statement, … Continue reading

U-T San Diego: California Hispanics worry about long-term care

BY KEVIN FREKING, MATT HAMILTON Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — When it comes to planning for old age, Hispanics in California worry much more than whites about their ability to pay for care they may need and the prospect that they will be left alone without family and friends. Yet, Hispanics are also more … Continue reading

U-T San Diego: Lawmakers hear assisted-living concerns

By Jeff McDonald State regulators are fundamentally failing residents of assisted living homes for the elderly, leading to abuse, neglect and death, according to testimony on Tuesday at two legislative hearings. Complaints to the departments of Public Health and Social Services are closed without thorough investigation, witnesses told lawmakers, or they are never responded to at … Continue reading

U-T San Diego: Brown, budget fare well in latest poll

By Michael Gardner SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown is on a roll with record-high favorable ratings and strong public support for a budget that bolsters school spending and pays off some debt, according to a new poll. The survey by the Public Policy Institute of California shows that 60 percent of likely voters approve of Brown’s job … Continue reading

U-T San Diego: 12 assisted-living bills announced

Legislation comes in response to U-T and other reports By Deborah Schoch and Michael Gardner WATCHDOG MINUTE: ASSISTED LIVING OVERHAUL Responding to deaths and abuses in California’s assisted living homes, state legislators on Monday announced a dozen bills aimed at boosting care for the elderly and sharpening state enforcement at more than 7,000 such facilities. The effort is … Continue reading

U-T San Diego: Health report ranks CA 21st in nation

By Paul Sisson   Though Californians are more physically active than their peers in other states, obesity is on the rise, according to a nationwide health report released Tuesday by the nonprofit United Health Foundation. The 24th annual “America’s Health Rankings” report for 2013 examines a range of publicly available government data to rank states across … Continue reading

U-T San Diego: Key support for budget deal

By ANDREW TAYLOR, DAVID ESPO  House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, left, joined by House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., takes reporters’ questions, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, as House Republicans signaled support for a budget deal worked out yesterday between Ryan and Senate Budget Committee Chair Rep. Patty … Continue reading

U-T San Diego: More than 12,000 in region must find new health coverage

By Paul SissonNOONAUG. 3, 2013 Kelly Hartmann runs a day care business out of her home. She recently had back surgery, that had been approved by her insurance company, Aetna. Her subsequent follow up care, scheduled for next year, was also approved. However just after her surgery she received notice that her insurance has been cancelled. — … Continue reading

U-T San Diego: Calif. to see wave of spending to sell ‘Obamacare’

By MICHAEL R. BLOOD, AP Political Writer 2:01 P.M.JULY 24, 2013 LOS ANGELES — California could see more than $300 million invested in television and online ads, billboards, door-to-door visits and other sales pitches and promotions to convince uninsured residents to enroll in national health care coverage, a potentially unprecedented level of spending to sell a government … Continue reading

U-T San Diego: Fraud fear raised in California’s health exchange

By JUDY LIN, Associated Press 9:01 A.M.JULY 13, 2013 SACRAMENTO, Calif. — As California prepares to launch its health care exchange, consumer groups are worried the uninsured could fall victim to fraud, identity theft or other crimes at the hands of some of the very people who are supposed to help them enroll. The exchange, known as … Continue reading

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