Members of Covered California's board of directors also questioned whether spending millions of dollars to ramp up a marketing campaign was the right approach while systemic problems persist with the health exchange.
At the board's meeting yesterday, consumer advocacy groups and insurance agents cited continued long wait times on the exchange's telephone call centers. They say there are numerous problems with the online enrollment site and multi-week lag times in getting paperwork to insurance companies.
Sen. Norma Torres, speaking on behalf of the legislative Latino Caucus, said Latinos face numerous obstacles to enrolling, but marketing is not one.
A recently-introduced bill would ban one of the nation’s most widely-used pesticides, chlorpyrifos. The Obama Administration moved to ban it in 2015, over health concerns, but this year the Trump Administration reversed that decision.
Californians enrolled in Covered California will see premiums rise by an average of 12.5 percent next year. And Anthem Blue Cross of California is withdrawing from most regions of the state.
A Planned Parenthood-sponsored art exhibit is on display downtown this week. The multimedia pieces highlight issues in reproductive health.
(AP) - A California bill to replace health insurance companies with universal government-funded care is advancing to a vote in the full Senate.
The vote was 217-213. The measure now goes to the Senate, where it is expected to undergo intense debate and significant revision.