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ACA to Cost Government Less Than Expected

ACA to Cost Government Less Than Expected

HEALTHCARE • ACA to Cost Government Less Than Expected • More Employers Eye Defined Contribution • Employers Discuss Their Biggest Challenges • Young Adults Have High Interest in Obamacare • Premium Increases Are Decelerating • Exchange Enrollees Have Higher Use of Specialty Meds • Spending Growth Returns For U.S. [...]

Computer Glitches Cause Backlog of 800K Medi-Cal Applications

Computer Glitches Cause Backlog of 800K Medi-Cal Applications

In L.A. County, officials said, more than 200,000 Medi-Cal applications filed between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31 were trapped in the state's computer enrollment system until February. Today, the county's Department of Public Social Services can link up to the state system, but workers still face a daunting backlog of applications — and new software [...]

Health Law Tricky for Parents of Medicaid Kids

Health Law Tricky for Parents of Medicaid Kids

Families shopping for health insurance through the new federal marketplace are running into trouble getting everyone covered when children are eligible for Medicaid but their parents are not. Children who qualify for Medicaid, the safety-net program for the poor and disabled, can’t be included on subsidized family plans purchased through the [...]

Issa Takes Aim at Federal Security Protocols

Issa Takes Aim at Federal Security Protocols

California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa continued his probe into possible security failures accompanying the flawed Oct. 1 launch of HealthCare.gov – this time behind the closed doors of a hearing held in executive session to prevent potentially sensitive documents from being released to the public. The Jan. 28 hearing was a departure from the [...]

Obamacare Even More Confusing After Exchange Operator Rejects Change

Obamacare Even More Confusing After Exchange Operator Rejects Change

The Rubik's Cube that is healthcare reform might have become even more puzzling for some people Thursday after the operator of California's online insurance exchange rejected President Obama's call for extending the life of canceled policies. Covered California said it'll stick with its Dec. 31 deadline. All plans that don't comply with the [...]

Medi-Cal Enrollment Up as Private Coverage Declines

Medi-Cal Enrollment Up as Private Coverage Declines

More California residents have enrolled in Medi-Cal and other public health insurance programs in recent years, while the number of individuals with private insurance has decreased, according to a report by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. Medi-Cal is California's Medicaid program. According to researchers, the recession that began [...]

Medi-Cal Must Restore Dental, Other Care to Needy

Medi-Cal Must Restore Dental, Other Care to Needy

California eliminated adult dental care, optometry, podiatry and chiropractic services for all Medi-Cal patients during a 2009 budget shortfall, saying they were optional for states under the federal Medicaid program, known as Medi-Cal in California. The Obama administration later approved California's decision, allowing it to take effect in [...]

California Now Stuck on Details of Medicaid Expansion

California Now Stuck on Details of Medicaid Expansion

It's been months since Gov. Jerry Brown agreed to expand Medi-Cal, as Medicaid is known in the state, to some 1.4 million Californians, but he and his Democratic colleagues in the Legislature are still wrangling over details of the expansion. Democrats, who control the Assembly and Senate, disagree with Brown over the Medi-Cal enrollment and [...]

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 [...]

Providers Say Cuts to CA Medicaid Could Hurt Reform

Providers Say Cuts to CA Medicaid Could Hurt Reform

Health providers say California's cuts to its Medicaid program Medi-Cal will hamper the state's ability to expand and improve healthcare under President Barack Obama's overhaul. A federal appeals court backed California's right to cut payments by 10%, saving the state more than $330 million a year. Doctors, pharmacies and advocates for the poor [...]