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California Reports Positive Effects of Health Reform

California Reports Positive Effects of Health Reform

Data is coming in on pilot studies for Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) showing reduction in costs and improvement in care, along the lines intended by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in a report issued by the California Primary Care Association (CPCA).  Carmela Castellano-Garcia, the CPCA CEO said, “It’s very powerful to have this [...]

Geography To Play Bigger Role in CA Health Costs

Geography To Play Bigger Role in CA Health Costs

Geography in California is expected to play a larger role in the cost of health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Under the ACA, insurers no longer can deny coverage based on pre-existing conditions or place lifetime limits on medical care. They also cannot charge older policyholders more than three times what younger enrollees [...]

California Reveals Details of Health-Law Insurance Plans

California Reveals Details of Health-Law Insurance Plans

Consumers are getting their first glimpse at what health insurance will look like in California as the state prepares to implement the federal healthcare law. State officials are about to spell out the details on policies available next year to people buying their own coverage. In January 2014, most Americans will be required to have health [...]

California Saved $134B in Costs Thanks to Tobacco Control

California Saved $134B in Costs Thanks to Tobacco Control

California’s tobacco prevention program saved $134 billion in health care costs over the last two decades, according to a new study published Wednesday about the smoking control program’s impacts in the most populous state. California spent about $2.4 billion from 1989 through 2008 on one of the nation’s most aggressive tobacco control [...]

State Lacks Doctors to Meet Demand of National Healthcare Law

State Lacks Doctors to Meet Demand of National Healthcare Law

Some lawmakers want to fill the gap by redefining who can provide healthcare and are working on proposals that would enable physician assistants, nurse practitioners, optometrists and pharmacists to diagnose, treat and manage some illnesses. They are working on proposals that would allow physician assistants to treat more patients and nurse [...]

Support for Healthcare Overhaul Reaches All-Time High in New Poll

Support for Healthcare Overhaul Reaches All-Time High in New Poll

Support for President Obama's healthcare overhaul is at an all-time high in California, according to a new poll from the Public Policy Institute of California. The survey, released Wednesday, found that 55% of Californians back the changes to the nation's healthcare system under the federal Affordable Care Act, up 8 percentage points since last [...]

Students Urge UC to Drop Cap on Health-Care Coverage

Students Urge UC to Drop Cap on Health-Care Coverage

Students are calling on the University of California to lift its cap on the health-care coverage it offers as part of its student plans, in an effort to eliminate an apparent loophole in the Obama administration’s 2010 health-care overhaul that the students say could leave them on the hook for expensive medical treatments. University officials [...]

Legislation Proposed to Help California Launch Healthcare Overhaul

Legislation Proposed to Help California Launch Healthcare Overhaul

The California state Legislature gaveled in a special session on healthcare Monday, pushing forward with sweeping proposals to help California implement President Obama's healthcare overhaul. The measures, including a major expansion of Medi-Cal, the state's public insurance program for the poor, would cement the state's status as the nation's [...]

Governor Calls Special Session on Health Reform

Governor Calls Special Session on Health Reform

Governor Brown is calling a special legislative session to implement parts of the federal health care overhaul in California. Brown issued a proclamation Thursday calling on lawmakers to convene Monday. The governor says California needs to tweak some state laws to conform to new federal rules on health coverage. The state will need to make it [...]

Report Shows Central Valley Behind in ACA Preparation

Report Shows Central Valley Behind in ACA Preparation

The Fresno region, which includes Fresno, Madera, Mariposa, Kings and Tulare counties, needs to do more to prepare for the large increase in patients who will have health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act, according to  a team of researchers from the Center for Studying Health System Change. Researchers interviewed health care leaders [...]

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