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.



Capital Public Radio Reports

  • Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

    Deadline Sparks Surge in Covered California Applications

    Monday, March 31, 2014

    Uninsured Californians rushed to sign up for health insurance under the federal health care law ahead of Monday's midnight deadline. Many went to enrollment events as the Covered California call center reported waits of more than an hour.

  • Reed Saxon / AP

    Faith Groups Helping Enroll People In Health Coverage

    Friday, March 28, 2014

    Faith groups are stepping up to help enroll people in health insurance in the final days of open enrollment this week. Covered California says religious organizations have been good partners all along, but now they're making a concerted push.

  • Rich Pedroncelli / AP

    Covered CA To Allow For Enrollment 'Grace Period'

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

    Covered California says the grace period is not an extension of the March 31 enrollment deadline. It’s a way to help people who have started the process to get across the finish line.

Covered California Hits One Million Enrollees
Mon, Mar 17, 2014

Two and a half million Californians are eligible to receive financial aid to help them pay for health insurance, and only a couple of weeks remain to sign up.

Three Million Californians in Some Stage of Health Care Enrollment as Deadline Nears
Thu, Mar 13, 2014

Covered California has announced that almost 2 million people are newly enrolled in either Medi-Cal or private insurance as of the end of February. Hundreds of thousands more have finished applications.

California Highest in Health Exchange Sign-Ups So Far
Tue, Mar 11, 2014

Federal data show more people in California have picked a plan through a health insurance exchange than in any other state.

In-Person Health Insurance Sign-Ups In Sacramento
Fri, Mar 07, 2014

Sacramento area residents who plan to sign up for health insurance before the enrollment deadline can do so in-person this Saturday.

Ask Emily: Getting Lost In Obamacare's Mazes
Fri, Jan 31, 2014

Today's column focuses on tips for people who signed up for a health insurance plan but can't get the coverage they signed up and paid for.

New Report Compares Performance and Satisfaction Rates of Health Plans
Tue, Jan 28, 2014

If you're looking for a new health care plan, you might want to pay close attention to a new state report being released today. The report shows how different insurance networks and medical groups do in managing health conditions.

Covered CA Criticized For Sign-Ups
Fri, Jan 24, 2014

(AP) -- Covered California is being criticized for lackluster efforts to sign up Latinos and for continued paperwork problems that have left some consumers in limbo.

Covered CA Takes A Bite Out Of Kids' Dental Care Costs
Fri, Jan 24, 2014

Parents will have an easier time buying dental insurance for their children under changes made by the Covered California online health exchange.

Ask Emily: HSAs, COBRA: Do they mesh with Obamacare?
Fri, Jan 17, 2014

This is a critical moment in the evolution of Obamacare – and of this column. Tens of thousands of you already have enrolled in health plans that will kick in a few days from now, if they haven’t already.

Covered California Extends Payment Deadline To Jan. 15
Mon, Jan 06, 2014

(AP) -- Covered California announced that it has extended the deadline for payments until Jan. 15.

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NPR Reports

Details On Abortion Coverage Still Elusive In Some Health Plans
Both supporters and opponents of abortion want to know whether their insurance provider covers abortion. But in some states, consumers are still having a tough time figuring that out.

The 7.5 Million Insured Through Obamacare Are Only Part Of The Story
Millions signed up for health insurance through state exchanges and HealthCare.gov. But another several million bypassed the exchanges and bought health coverage directly from insurers.
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Obama's Tax Rate Rose — And He Can't Blame Anyone But Himself
President Obama, like many wealthy Americans, is paying more of his income to the IRS. He and the first lady paid $98,169 in taxes for 2013 on income of $481,098.

Deficit Forecasts Shaved, But Likely Won't Shrink For Much Longer
While the Congressional Budget Office has lowered its shortfall projections for the next few years, it warns that deficits will start rising substantially again unless policymakers act.

New IRS Commisioner Grapples With Tumult And Tax Code
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen discusses the challenges of running the government's tax collection arm, in the face of sequestration cuts and congressional scrutiny.
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As Election Nears, Congress Is Expected To Be Less Productive
If anything, 2014 has been marked with a flurry of show votes. Those are votes on bills that have no realistic hope of passing Congress, but are done to make political points.
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Patients Often Win If They Appeal A Denied Health Claim
Obamacare set national rules for appealing a denied health claim — a process that used to vary by employer and state. Consumers should appeal more often, advocates say. Half the time, they'll win.
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From Foreign Garb To Fashion Fad, Pajamas Have Traveled Far
The Persian and Indian garment was brought home by British colonials and made stylish for women by French designers. At first, PJs were seen as a cultural challenge to the American use of nightshirts.

As Sebelius Steps Down, Obama Taps Budget Director To Replace Her
President Obama bid farewell Friday to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, whose lengthy tenure was marred by the botched rollout of the government's health insurance website. Obama wants his budget director, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, to replace Sebelius.
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'I Knew It Wouldn't Be Easy,' Outgoing Health Secretary Sebelius Says
With Kathleen Sebelius leaving as health secretary, the president is turning to budget chief Sylvia Mathews Burwell to run the agency that oversees the Affordable Care Act — better known as Obamacare.

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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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