health care reform http://kvpr.org en Peter Lee: Covered California Answers Questions And 'Prayers' http://kvpr.org/post/peter-lee-covered-california-answers-questions-and-prayers <p>Operators have responded to about 400,000 calls since Covered California, the state’s health insurance exchange, launched Oct. 1. Starting this week, employees at the new Fresno Service Center will also answer questions, and help people enroll in health insurance.</p><p>“Fresno is a community that reflects the diversity of California, and that’s who we need to have on our phones, serving Californians,” said Peter Lee, the executive director of Covered California.</p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 01:24:08 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 24814 at http://kvpr.org Peter Lee: Covered California Answers Questions And 'Prayers' Some Rural Hospitals Given Partial Exemption from Medi-Cal Cuts http://kvpr.org/post/some-rural-hospitals-given-partial-exemption-medi-cal-cuts <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hospitals in California are commending the state’s decision to prevent </span>Medi-Cal<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> rate cuts to rural hospitals with nursing facilities. Some of them have been at risk of closure.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Republican State Assemblymember Brian Dahle says these medical providers are main employers in communities he represents in Northern California.</p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 22:21:43 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 20110 at http://kvpr.org How Will Young Adults and College Students Fare Under Obamacare? http://kvpr.org/post/how-will-young-adults-and-college-students-fare-under-obamacare <p>Another in a series of Q&amp;A columns answering consumers’ questions about the Affordable Care Act.</p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Q: My youngest child is 21 and graduated from college in May. My other daughter is 24 and is still a college student in Stockton. What are my options with them under the Affordable Care Act?</strong></p><p>A: The good news, Simona, is that your daughters may have several options and their coverage could fall into place easily.</p><p>Or not.</p><p>Let’s cross our fingers and begin with “could fall into place easily.”</p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Emily Bazar 19816 at http://kvpr.org How Will Young Adults and College Students Fare Under Obamacare? California Insurance Board to Pursue Pediatric Dentistry Coverage http://kvpr.org/post/california-insurance-board-pursue-pediatric-dentistry-coverage <p class="p1">California’s health insurance exchange board has taken a step toward adding children’s dental insurance to the health plans it will offer under the Affordable Care Act. Max Pringle reports from Sacramento.</p> Sat, 10 Aug 2013 00:56:56 +0000 Max Pringle 19813 at http://kvpr.org California Insurance Board to Pursue Pediatric Dentistry Coverage Bill Would Break Down Language Barriers for Immigrants Receiving Healthcare http://kvpr.org/post/bill-would-break-down-language-barriers-immigrants-receiving-healthcare <p>A provision of federal healthcare reform may make it easier for immigrants to deal with language barriers.</p><p>Under the Affordable Care Act, California is eligible to receive $270 million to set up an interpreter program for Medi-cal patients.</p><p>The state would have to contribute 30 million dollars. The money would fund the program for three years.</p><p>Maximus Weikel is with Interpreting for California, which is urging the state to put up its share of the money. He says it would cover common languages, and those that are less well known in the United States.</p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 22:48:17 +0000 Katie Orr 19344 at http://kvpr.org Bill Would Break Down Language Barriers for Immigrants Receiving Healthcare What Does Obamacare Mean For You? We 'Ask Emily' http://kvpr.org/post/what-does-obamacare-mean-you-we-ask-emily <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">What does </span>Obamacare<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;mean for you? With the expansion of coverage just months away, we asked Emily </span>Bazar<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, &nbsp;senior writer with the California HealthCare Foundation’s Center for Health Reporting at the </span>Annenberg<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> School For Communication and Journalism at USC. Tue, 30 Jul 2013 18:26:06 +0000 Joe Moore 19197 at http://kvpr.org What Does Obamacare Mean For You? We 'Ask Emily' Why Does the Central Valley Have A Big Mental Health Problem? http://kvpr.org/post/why-does-central-valley-have-big-mental-health-problem <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">According to a new </span><a href="http://www.chcf.org/publications/2013/07/data-viz-mental-health" style="line-height: 1.5;">study</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> of mental health throughout the state, the valley has the highest mental illness rate in California. It also is the region with the fewest mental health professionals.</span></p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 02:23:11 +0000 Joe Moore 18840 at http://kvpr.org Why Does the Central Valley Have A Big Mental Health Problem? Covered California Starts Training Health Care 'Educators' http://kvpr.org/post/covered-california-starts-training-health-care-educators <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">More than two-thousand Californians are being trained this month to educate people about getting coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Health Care Reporter Pauline </span>Bartolone<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has more from Sacramento.</span></p><p class="p3">Several dozen people affiliated with labor unions, local government and non-profits filled a room at UC Davis School of Medicine to hear about the federal health care law.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 01:05:52 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 18526 at http://kvpr.org Covered California Starts Training Health Care 'Educators' Madera Health Center Prepares for Obamacare http://kvpr.org/post/madera-health-center-prepares-obamacare <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In less than three months, thousands of California residents will begin enrolling in expanded health coverage as part of the Affordable Care Act. The law is complex and touches almost every part of the health care system. But what does it mean for residents of the San Joaquin Valley? Over the coming months, we’ll explore that question by visiting with patients, doctors, businesses and clinics in the community of Madera. It’s a city that’s home to more than 62,000 people, more than quarter of whom live below the poverty level.</span></p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 16:21:15 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 17992 at http://kvpr.org Madera Health Center Prepares for Obamacare Two States, Two Styles of Obamacare http://kvpr.org/post/two-states-two-styles-obamacare <p class="p1">The summer is a slow time for many occupations, but not for people working to make fundamental changes to the health care system. Millions of uninsured Americans are expected to buy coverage through new health insurance marketplaces called exchanges. Health Care Reporter Pauline Bartolone &nbsp;has more about how neighboring states are trying to achieve the same end by different means.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">-----</p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 03:32:30 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 17993 at http://kvpr.org Two States, Two Styles of Obamacare California Insurance Commissioner Wants Anthem Out of Group Health Exchange http://kvpr.org/post/california-insurance-commissioner-wants-anthem-out-group-health-exchange <p>California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones says Anthem Blue Cross should be left out of the new health insurance marketplace for small businesses next year.</p><p>Jones says Anthem’s planned premium rate increase for small employers next month is excessive.</p><p>He says the Affordable Care Act requires him to evaluate whether insurers are suitable to participate in the new marketplace.</p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 21:33:58 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 16732 at http://kvpr.org California Insurance Commissioner Wants Anthem Out of Group Health Exchange Costs, Coverage Will Shift in California's Individual Health Insurance Market http://kvpr.org/post/costs-coverage-will-shift-californias-individual-health-insurance-market <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">California’s new health insurance exchange has announced what plans and prices may look like for millions of people who will be buying individual coverage next year. Health Care Reporter Pauline </span>Bartolone<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has more about what the changes may mean for people already in the market. &nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 28 May 2013 16:34:25 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 15826 at http://kvpr.org California Considers Expanded Roles for Nurses in Primary Care http://kvpr.org/post/california-considers-expanded-roles-nurses-primary-care <div><p>Most counties in California have a shortage of primary care doctors. And with millions more people in the state expected to get health coverage next year, lawmakers are proposing ways to make sure basic care is available in areas that need it. One bill would allow nurse practitioners to treat patients without consulting a physician. Health care reporter Pauline Bartolone reports on what it might mean for patients.</p></div><p>Some nurse practitioners in California already see patients without a doctor in the room. Patients like Anastacia Casperson.</p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 19:54:00 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 13971 at http://kvpr.org California Considers Expanded Roles for Nurses in Primary Care California Builds Clinics Under Federal Health Law, But Hiring Doctors May Be A Challenge http://kvpr.org/post/california-builds-clinics-under-federal-health-law-hiring-doctors-may-be-challenge <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Starting next year, millions of people will gain new health coverage under the federal health law.&nbsp; In California, dozens of clinics are gearing up for the expansion, with new funding to build clinics and expand old ones. &nbsp;But as Pauline </span>Bartolone<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;reports from Sacramento, it may be a challenge to find the physicians to staff the new centers.</span></p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 19:53:18 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 13970 at http://kvpr.org California Builds Clinics Under Federal Health Law, But Hiring Doctors May Be A Challenge Doctors, Lawmakers Propose Ways to Increase Number of Doctors http://kvpr.org/post/doctors-lawmakers-propose-ways-increase-number-doctors <p></p><p class="p1">California physicians and lawmakers are trying to draw attention to a shortage of doctors in the state. They made the point jointly in Sacramento Tuesday. As Pauline Bartolone reports from Sacramento, they agree more doctors will be needed to see millions of people who will start enrolling in coverage next year. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 01:17:31 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 13725 at http://kvpr.org Doctors, Lawmakers Propose Ways to Increase Number of Doctors Bill Would Exclude Hospital-based Nursing Facilities From Budget Cuts http://kvpr.org/post/bill-would-exclude-hospital-based-nursing-facilities-budget-cuts <p></p><p class="p1">Hospital-based skilled nursing care facilities say more Medi-Cal cuts will devastate patients and families. As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, lawmakers from both parties support a bill that would exclude those facilities from budget cuts.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 01:04:23 +0000 Amy Quinton 13419 at http://kvpr.org Bill Would Exclude Hospital-based Nursing Facilities From Budget Cuts California Lawmaker Seeks to Expand the Roles of Non-Physicians http://kvpr.org/post/california-lawmaker-seeks-expand-roles-non-physicians <p></p><div><p>A California lawmaker proposes to allow some healthcare workers to expand their range of services in order to meet the new demand for health care under the Affordable Care Act. Pauline Bartolone has more from Sacramento.</p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 17:54:50 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 12158 at http://kvpr.org California Lawmaker Seeks to Expand the Roles of Non-Physicians Lawmakers Move Step Closer to Expanding Medi-Cal http://kvpr.org/post/lawmakers-move-step-closer-expanding-medi-cal <p></p><div><p>Legislation that would expand health care coverage to an estimated one million low-income Californians has moved a step closer to passing. As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, the bills would implement part of the federal health care law.</p> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 01:46:57 +0000 Amy Quinton 11843 at http://kvpr.org Lawmakers Move Step Closer to Expanding Medi-Cal California Lawmakers Discuss How Geography Will Help Shape Health Premiums http://kvpr.org/post/california-lawmakers-discuss-how-geography-will-help-shape-health-premiums <p></p><div><p>California lawmakers are deciding how geography can affect health insurance premiums in the individual marketplace.</p></div><p>Lawmakers got one step closer to ironing out new rules that would guarantee insurance to individuals regardless of their prior health history. But, they still need to decide how companies will factor in where someone lives into premium rates.</p> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 20:22:13 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 11135 at http://kvpr.org California Lawmakers Discuss How Geography Will Help Shape Health Premiums Legislative Analyst Recommends State-Based Medi-Cal Expansion http://kvpr.org/post/legislative-analyst-recommends-state-based-medi-cal-expansion <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A non-partisan legislative report suggests expanding California’s Medicaid program under the federal health law would make good sense in terms of finance and policy.&nbsp;</span></p><p class="p3">The Legislative Analyst’s Office says the state should move ahead with the Medi-Cal expansion that Governor Jerry Brown recently laid out in his budget.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 01:50:13 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 11023 at http://kvpr.org Legislative Analyst Recommends State-Based Medi-Cal Expansion