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The Nevada state health exchange is calling this year’s open enrollment a success, with nearly twice the number of enrollees in half the amount of time as last year.
Sunday is the deadline to sign up for a new health insurance plan if you’re buying your own. Covered California says there will be hundreds of enrollment events around the state to give people in-person help.
California chronic disease patients say new trends in insurance coverage for prescription drugs are discriminatory.
Californians may be able to save money if they switch from COBRA health coverage to Covered California plans.
The number of Californians getting health care through Medi-Cal is approaching one-third of the state population.
Unauthorized immigrants in California would be eligible for Medi-Cal and the new health marketplace coverage under a bill before lawmakers this week.
Covered California released final enrollment numbers today after a 6 month sign-up period.
While many Americans who missed the window to buy health insurance this year will have to wait until November 15th if they reconsider, Nevadans will be able to buy coverage year round.
UPDATED -- (AP) -- A White House official says Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning from the Obama administration.
Nevada insurance regulators are coming up with guidelines to make sure health insurance works for people – and they want your feedback.
March was the busiest month yet for Covered California, the state’s health care exchange.
The open enrollment season under the federal health law has been a busy time for insurance agents in California. But many brokers are not seeking out the business.
Millions of people have signed up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. New rules ensure no one can be denied insurance, but there is no guarantee that all services will be covered.
Under the Affordable Care Act, insurers cannot deny coverage to anyone with pre-existing conditions. But health insurers can still deny specific medical services.
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.
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.
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.
Nevada is allowing an extra 60 days for people to sign up for coverage through the state’s health insurance exchange.
(AP) -- Anyone who attempted to sign up for health insurance with Nevada's failed insurance exchange will have another 60 days to complete the process.
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.
(AP) -- The board overseeing Nevada's troubled health insurance exchange board has delayed a vote on whether to give people stuck in the system more time to complete enrollments.
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.
Federal data show more people in California have picked a plan through a health insurance exchange than in any other state.
Sacramento area residents who plan to sign up for health insurance before the enrollment deadline can do so in-person this Saturday.
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.
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.
(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.
Parents will have an easier time buying dental insurance for their children under changes made by the Covered California online health exchange.
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.
(AP) -- Covered California announced that it has extended the deadline for payments until Jan. 15.
The Affordable Care Act also expanded Medicaid eligibility to include Native Americans, and some Nevada tribes are already seeing changes.
Sacramento area health centers are only seeing a trickle of patients with new coverage during the first few days of the expanded Medi-Cal program.
(AP) -- Friday will be the end of the grace period to get health insurance starting Jan. 1 for consumers who were frustrated in their attempts to sign up by Monday's deadline.
The new year will bring sweeping changes to the health care system through the Affordable Care Act, but the way Californians will experience the federal law will be different from the rest of the country.
(AP) -- Last-minute health insurance shoppers are calling help lines and attending enrollment events Monday, a key deadline under the nation's new health law.
(AP) -- A spokesman for California's health insurance exchange says enrollment action is heavy during the deadline day to sign up for coverage that will start Jan. 1.
More than 14,000 people in the Sacramento region have at least started the application process for a health insurance plan under California's exchange, known as "Covered California."
Speaking at an event in Silicon Valley Monday, Gov. Jerry Brown declared California's Affordable Care Act rollout to be going "better" than the national effort and said the federal government should follow his state's budget strategy.
The Sacramento region has a thriving medical device industry with about 70 companies doing business in the field. Some of them have faced a new tax this year under the Affordable Care Act.
California’s health insurance marketplace says it’s continuing to see momentum of people signing up for coverage.
A Democratic US lawmaker says California Republicans are intentionally trying to confuse people with a website they set up about the Affordable Care Act.
The state of California says as many as 600,000 people who receive food stamps could be fast-tracked into Medi-Cal next year if the federal government approves.
Californians shopping for health insurance next year are faced with many choices and different prices. The plans they choose also come with different combinations of doctors and hospitals. Some people are confused and frustrated.
The Covered California board of directors voted today not to allow health insurers to renew canceled policies that don’t meet new standards under the Affordable Care Act.
The beginning stages of enrollment in the new online healthcare marketplace have been frustrating for people in many parts of the country. But in California, the enrollment numbers are better. California also has a head start expanding Medicaid.
Even as President Obama announced people will be able to keep recently canceled insurance plans, some Northern California Democrats are pushing for other changes to the health law.
California health insurers don’t like President Obama’s proposal to allow people to stay on health plans that don’t meet the standards of the Affordable Care Act next year.
President Obama announced Thursday that Americans who have had their health insurance plans canceled because of his Affordable Care Act can keep those plans for another year if they wish.
California’s new health insurance marketplace says almost 60,000 people have enrolled in the exchange during the first month-and-a-half of operation.
More than 106,000 Americans selected health plans in the first reporting period of open enrollment for the new health insurance marketplace, according to data released Wednesday by the Department of Health and Human Services.
California's new health insurance exchange tentatively enrolled 35,000 people during its first month of operation, a fraction of the eventual goal in the state with the nation's largest uninsured population. UPDATED: 5:47 p.m.
California health insurers say people buying coverage for themselves next year should expect a different set of doctors and hospitals than are available this year.
A new report from California health advocates suggests the state’s safety net for the uninsured looks vastly different depending on what county you live in.
Sacramento-area clinics say some of their staff have been waiting for about a month for final approval from the state to help sign people up for the new health insurance marketplace.
California health insurers say the wave of individual policy cancelations across the country is part of an “evening out” of health care rules under the Affordable Care Act.
Thousands of insurance agents and counselors in California are waiting to be certified by the state’s health insurance exchange. Community clinics say fixing the problem should be the exchange’s top priority.
California has moved more than a million people into Medi-Cal managed care, including children from the former Healthy Families program, and seniors and the disabled from fee-for-service care. Advocates say some patients have had a rough transition.
Covered California says it's been doing a pretty good job of rolling out the Affordable Care Act in the state since open enrollment started October 1st.
The final spending deal that ended the federal shutdown includes a provision that adds a layer of scrutiny for income verification in the new health insurance marketplaces. What does it mean for California?
The Covered California health insurance exchange reported Tuesday that, during its first week of operation, more than 28,000 people became eligible for coverage.
The City of Sacramento has announced a special day of community outreach for people to apply for insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
University of California students may already know that they are required to have health insurance to be enrolled in the system. What they may not know is that they and their parents have new options under the Affordable Care Act.
In the early days of its operation. the Nevada Health Insurance Exchange has had tens of thousands more users - and inquiries - than expected, and is scrambling to keep up with inquiries and applications.
While Northern California Republicans are demanding a delay of the Affordable Care Act, the White House moved forward with its plan to open up health insurance exchanges today.
Covered California opened for business Tuesday. By mid-afternoon, 17,000 phone inquiries had been made to the state exchange call centers. Follow the story of one uninsured woman who went shopping for new coverage online.
With the prospect of a federal government shutdown increasing by the hour, there are questions about how a shutdown would affect implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
Open enrollment for health coverage under the federal health law starts Tuesday, offering new options to millions of Americans. So how does the roll out of the ACA compare with the last time the federal government made coverage available to millions?
California hospitals say a move towards performance-based reimbursement under the Affordable Care Act is forcing them to make some hard decisions.
California reproductive health and civil liberties advocates are waiting for Governor Jerry Brown to take action on a bill that would create a more private way for patients to receive information about sensitive health services.
California lawmakers approved a number of bills in the session just passed that are intended to address the state’s shortage of primary care providers. But clinics say the measures are not enough.
Open enrollment for California’s health insurance marketplace starts on October 1st, for coverage starting next year. Some liken the implementation of the health care overhaul to the roll out of the new computer technology.
Nevada residents looking to buy health insurance now have a better sense of what it will cost them next year. The Department of Insurance released 2014's rates and plans for coverage that will be sold in and out of the new health exchange.
California’s new health insurance marketplace will start advertising through TV commercials this week.
The California health insurance exchange says some of the people who will help to enroll the uninsured in coverage next year will be on the job later than expected.
A controversial California measure that would allow advanced nurses more independence from doctors got a second life today from the same committee that rejected it last week.
TV commercials for the new California health insurance marketplace will start airing soon. And that’s not the only part of the exchange’s marketing and outreach campaign you'll be seeing.
California’s Insurance Commissioner says the Obama administration’s decision to delay the employer mandate in the Affordable Care Act means more people will have to buy their own health insurance in a few months.
More than two-thousand Californians are being trained this month to educate people about getting coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
One area of health care is taking a step away from the industry. "Private medicine" – commonly known as concierge care –is a small but growing trend, with California at it’s center. We visit a practice in El Dorado Hills.
In about 3 months California and Nevada will open health-insurance marketplaces, or health-benefit exchanges, to their state's residents. Health care reporter Pauline Bartolone talked with the heads of both exchanges about their differing approaches.
Millions of uninsured Americans are expected to buy coverage through new health insurance marketplaces called exchanges next year. Nevada and California are busy building state-based exchanges, using different means to achieve the same ends.
There was a sense of celebration as Governor Jerry Brown signed the California budget today, especially among health care advocates.
A bill that would have imposed financial penalties on large companies with workers who wind up on California’s Medicaid program failed in the Assembly today. But it didn't go without heated debate.
Nevada’s health insurance marketplace created under the Affordable Care Act has announced the agencies that will enroll uninsured people in health coverage this year.
A top Sacramento county official says the new California budget will mean local health services will take a hit next year.
Two California bills to expand the state health program for the poor were passed by California lawmakers over the weekend.
The California Department of Insurance says a major company should be left out of a new health insurance marketplace for small businesses.
California county and state negotiators have come to a budget deal on how local governments can use state dollars for health care under the Affordable Care Act.
President Obama used a stop in San Jose today to highlight California’s efforts to implement the Affordable Care Act.
A county official says a state budget fight over money for health services involves more than care for the uninsured. The money also pays for programs that protect everyone from disease.
Thousands of people withstood temperatures near 90 degrees in Sacramento Tuesday to show their opposition to the state’s plan to cut payments to Medi-Cal providers.
Many employers are incorporating healthy activities into the workplace, often using money as a motivator. But the trend comes with concerns about who’s paying more for health care.
California’s new health insurance exchange has announced what plans and prices may look like for millions of people buying individual coverage next year. An insurance official sheds light on what the changes may mean for people already in the market.
California’s revised budget released by Governor Jerry Brown today calls for a state-led expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. But it comes with a proposal to change the financial responsibilities of counties.
Governor Jerry Brown is expected to release a revised budget proposal Tuesday. Health policy professionals are eager to hear administration’s latest thinking about the expansion of Medi-Cal.
California health advocates are proposing ways the state should direct more than a billion dollars to help treat the remaining uninsured population once the new federal health law takes effect next year.
California Governor Jerry Brown signed two bills Thursday that make sweeping changes to the state’s rules for people purchasing health insurance on their own.
California lawmakers heard a bill today that would prevent workplace wellness programs from charging workers more for health care if they don’t meet certain goals.
Three California measures that would expand the roles of non-physicians working in primary care easily passed their first committee test today.
California lawmakers consider measures today that would allow nurse-practitioners and other health care professionals to provide a higher level of care next year. The Brown administration says it’s an important discussion, but has taken no position.
Capital Public Radio sat down with California's Health and Human Services Secretary Diana Dooley to talk about doctor shortages in the state, and how that ties to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
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