Nearly 870,000 Californians have signed up through Covered California as of March 1st. That’s hundreds of thousands more people than in any other state.
Anne Gonzales of Covered California says the state-run website has had its share of technical problems, but for the most part it’s worked better than the portals elsewhere.
“There was huge interest for this type of coverage," Gonzales says. "A lot of people have been waiting for affordable health care.”
Gonzales says outreach to ethnic communities and increased call center staffing have helped with the sign up effort.
The Kaiser Family Foundation says California has received more federal money than any other state to establish a marketplace.
Covered California will release its own updated numbers on Thursday.
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.