Special Section: Health Care in Transition

Open enrollment for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act runs Oct. 1, 2013 through Mar. 31, 2014. Learn more about the plans being offered in California and Nevada and follow the latest national, state and local health care stories here.

 

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If Supreme Court Strikes Federal Exchange Subsidies, Health Law Could Unravel
A decision against subsidies would undermine the government-run insurance marketplaces that are backbone of the Affordable Care Act.

Administration Warns Employers: Don't Dump Sick Workers From Plans
Brokers and consultants have told large employers they could save money by shifting workers with expensive health conditions into insurance marketplace exchanges. Now that has been deemed illegal.

Turning 21? Here's How To Avoid A Big Hike In Health Premiums
Coming of age can also mean a whopping 58 percent jump in the cost of your insurance. Shop carefully to pick a plan that strikes the right balance between benefits and cost.

Upfront Costs Of Going Digital Overwhelm Some Doctors
Physicians with small practices may be especially hard hit by federal regulations that aim to bring doctoring into the digital age in 2015.
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Want A Calorie Count With That? FDA Issues New Rules For Restaurants
Years in the making, the new rules will require chain restaurants with 20 or more locations to post calorie information on their menus. Even movie theaters and vending machines are covered.
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Republicans File Suit Against Obama Administration Over Health Law
House Republicans have been threatening to sue President Obama over executive actions he's taken on the Affordable Care Act. Today, they pulled the trigger.

White House Acknowledges Over-Counting Obamacare Signups
The administration said some people who had dental plans separate from their health care coverage were mistakenly counted twice. The GOP says it was a deliberate attempt to inflate the numbers.

7 Questions About The President's Immigration Plan Answered
The president's executive action will grant temporary relief to some of the nearly 12 million immigrants who are living in the United States illegally. Here's what you should know.

Bennett Miller On Making The True-Life Crime Film 'Foxcatcher'
Foxcatcher is about wealthy heir John du Pont who hosted Olympic wrestlers on his estate. The director talks about casting Steve Carrell, the challenge of filming wrestling scenes and his film Capote.
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Native Americans Urged To Sign Up For Private Insurance
The second round of buying health insurance on the Affordable Care Act exchanges has started. Health officials say Native Americans may have much to gain by buying insurance there.
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Visit the Kaiser Family Foundation's website, statehealthfacts.org for California health data

Insight Examines Health Care in California

  • Insight: Syria Update / Corporations Using Medi-Cal? / Pet Tales / TC Boyle

    Wednesday, May 29, 2013

    UC Davis professor offers analysis on the latest news concerning Syria. Will a new bill keep large corporations from "dumping" their employees into Medi-Cal? Gina Spadafori offers tips for a stress-free vet visit. Author speaks in Sac this Friday.

  • Insight: Medicaid Block Grants

    Monday, August 20, 2012

    Paul Ryan's budget plan could change California's implementation of Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act. He wants states to use block grants instead of cost sharing. Dylan Roby of UCLA's Fielding School of Public Health helps dissect Ryan's plan.

  • Insight: California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones on the ACA

    Thursday, August 2, 2012

    Provisions of the Affordable Care Act, which was recently upheld by the Supreme Court, have just gone into effect. California's Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones talks about it and how it will benefit Californians.

  • Insight: Primary Care Physician Shortage

    Monday, July 16, 2012

    The Supreme Court's validation of the Affordable Care Act means 3 million more Californians will be needing primary care physicians by 2014, and California is facing a growing shortage of doctors.

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