U-T San Diego: California gives no-bid health pacts

By MICHAEL R. BLOOD  FILE – In this Nov. 13, 2013 file photo, Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, the state’s health insurance exchange, talks at a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. Long before it opened its doors to the public last fall, California’s health insurance exchange awarded a small contract to a business … 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: Health care agency passes $1 trillion milestone

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press  FILE – In this Dec. 11, 2013, file photo, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Barack Obama’s budget pushes the HHS budget over $1 trillion for the first time, reflecting an aging population adding to the Medicare rolls, as well as expanded … Continue reading

UT San Diego: Health exchange projects deficit in 2015

Covered California unsure how it will bridge gap when federal funding ends By Paul Sisson Covered California projects it will lose $78 million in the 2015-16 budget, and it is not clear how the health exchange plans to close that gap and become financially self-sustaining once federal grants run dry. While the exchange says that … Continue reading

U-T San Diego: State health exchange opens Tuesday

By Paul Sisson Outreach worker Ghaith Al Obaidi of the Borrego Community Health Foundation, chats about the new Covered California health insurance exchange with two unidentified men at the El Cajon Farmer’s Market Thursday. The exchange has spent millions on outreach to spread the word about he new exchange at community events, health clinics and other … Continue reading

UT San Diego: Fallout for states rejecting Medicaid expansion

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press 12:35 A.M.APRIL 22, 2013 WASHINGTON — Rejecting the Medicaid expansion in the federal health care law could have unexpected consequences for states where Republican lawmakers remain steadfastly opposed to what they scorn as “Obamacare.” It could mean exposing businesses to Internal Revenue Service penalties and leaving low-income citizens unable to afford coverage … Continue reading

UT San Diego: Study: Health law to raise claims cost 32 percent

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press 11:59 P.M.MARCH 26, 2013 WASHINGTON — A new study finds that insurance companies will have to pay out an average of 32 percent more for medical claims on individual health policies under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. What does that mean for you? It could increase premiums for at least some … Continue reading

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