In the News

January 2, 2017

By The Editorial Board

As soon as the new Congress is sworn in Tuesday, some Republicans will set about following through on their promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

December 16, 2016

From Health Care Daily Report

By Laura Mahoney

California health-care policy leaders plan to turn the potential repeal of the Affordable Care Act into an opportunity to show California’s successful programs make the ACA worth saving.

December 13, 2016

By Claudia Buck 

Ignore the political uncertainty swirling around Obamacare: If you want health insurance coverage in California starting Jan. 1, sign up this week.

That’s the message Tuesday from officials at Covered California, the state’s official marketplace for the Affordable Care Act. They said about 139,000 new enrollees have signed up during the current open enrollment season, roughly the same as last year. In addition, 1.2 million who were previously enrolled have reupped their health coverage.

December 7, 2016

By Pauline Bartolone

A key California lawmaker has reintroduced legislation intended to make drug price increases more transparent, vowing to take up arms again with the pharmaceutical industry over runaway costs.

December 2, 2016

POR:KHN Anna Gorman y Pauline Bartolone / Kaiser Health News

California aprovechó la primera oportunidad para expandir el Medicaid y avanzó con el plan, ayudando a reducir el número de personas sin seguro a la mitad en pocos años.

November 29, 2016

By Jason Henry, San Gabriel Valley Tribune

A state audit of the small industrial city of Irwindale found no evidence officials broke the law, though auditors did uncover a series of bad practices and excessive spending.

November 23, 2016

By Anna Gorman and Pauline Bartolone 

California grabbed the first opportunity to expand Medicaid and ran with it, helping cut the number of uninsured people in half in a few short years.

Thanks in part to billions of dollars in federal funding, a third of California’s residents — including half its children — are insured by Medi-Cal, the state’s version of Medicaid.

November 18, 2016

By Ana B. Ibarra

A key state health care figure vowed Thursday to defend the coverage gains California has seen under the Affordable Care Act in the face of widely expected efforts by President-elect Donald Trump to overturn much of the health reform law.

November 17, 2016

BY SAMMY CAIOLA

As President-elect Donald Trump threatens to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act that provides health care to millions, supporters of Covered California are joining forces to come up with ways to defend the public health exchange they’ve spent the last five years building.

At a well-attended meeting Thursday, the Covered California board said it is continuing to push ahead with open enrollment, which ends Jan. 31 for people changing their coverage within the exchange or gaining coverage for the first time, despite the program’s uncertain future.

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