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January 29, 2018

The Covered California open enrollment deadline is Jan. 31.

Officials said compared to last year, the pace for new enrollees is up. Also, the people who will receive subsidies for their rates went down in 2018.

However, that is expected to change in 2019 with the removal of the federal penalty. Covered California predicts rates will go up, and it is preparing for potentially hundreds of thousands of less enrollees.

January 29, 2018

I have always believed that people free from undue influence can dramatically and positively shape our communities. In 2016, I introduced legislation as a state senator in response to a scathing state controller’s report detailing troubling findings of corruption and mismanagement within the city of Industry.

January 26, 2018

State Sen. Ed Hernandez is asking California’s top prosecutor to investigate the City of Industry after officials suddenly fired the watchdog tasked with overseeing efforts to prevent corruption.

January 20, 2018

President Trump is wildly unpopular in California, but it’s hard to dispute how much his election, and his first year in office, have reshaped California politics.

December 21, 2017

At the end of 2017, California finds itself at a major crossroads. With Washington, D.C., refusing to lead on the issues that matter to most Americans and putting California values in its crosshairs, our Golden State has done a fantastic job of showing the rest of the country – and the world – that things can be different.

However, we have made a serious omission from our progressive priorities: we have yet to fully address California’s growing water crisis.

December 19, 2017

When Alice Mayall rushed her daughter Hannah to the hospital for a head injury after a water polo tournament a few years ago, she didn’t think twice about whether she could afford it. Her daughter was covered by the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

December 18, 2017

Congressional Republicans appear to be moving full speed ahead in repealing the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate, prompting debate among California health care experts on how the state could continue encouraging residents to buy health insurance — including imposing a state-level requirement to purchase coverage.

December 2, 2017

Just a few decades ago, small businesses in California often banded together to buy health insurance on the premise that a bigger pool of enrollees would get them a better deal.

California's dairy farmers did it; so did car dealers and accountants.

But after a string of these "association health plans" went belly up, sometimes in the wake of fraud, state lawmakers passed sweeping changes in the 1990s that consigned them to near extinction.