WellSpace Health's eight medical centers have been expecting the newly insured patients.
“A couple of people a day are coming and saying, look, I’ve got health care coverage."
~Jonathan Porteus, CEO of WellSpace Health
Porteus says its clinics are preparing for a 25 percent surge in patient visits under the federal health law. So the health centers are staffing up this month.
“We will see expanded hours in our Rancho Cordova health center, we’re probably going to try adding Saturday hours in our south valley center down in South Sacramento, and we’re also expanding our provider hours in a number of sites,” says Porteus.
Sacramento-area Kaiser Permanente and Sutter Health are seeing more patients right now, but they attribute that increased cases of the flu.
Health insurance rates will rise an average of 4 percent next year for people buying insurance through California’s health exchange.
Covered California will announce its 2016 health insurance rates Monday.
The California Senate held two hearings today as part of special legislative sessions ordered by Governor Jerry Brown. The sessions will deal with infrastructure and health financing. But some lawmakers wonder what they will accomplish.
Advocates for the developmentally disabled are furious after being left out of this year’s California budget deal. They held a tense rally at the Capitol Wednesday.
In Reno and around the country, community paramedics are providing more primary and preventive care and taking non-emergency patients to facilities other than emergency rooms.