ACA http://kvpr.org en Californians Get More Time To Switch From COBRA To Covered California http://kvpr.org/post/californians-get-more-time-switch-cobra-covered-california <p>California’s health insurance exchange has announced a special enrollment period starting Thursday for people who want to opt-out of their COBRA health insurance.</p><p>Covered California says about 300,000 people in the state may be paying the full price of what used to be employer-based health coverage.</p><p>Executive Director Peter Lee says they have until July 15<sup>th</sup> if they want to find another option.</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 18:27:42 +0000 Pauline Bartolone - Capital Public Radio 32782 at http://kvpr.org Californians Get More Time To Switch From COBRA To Covered California New Budget Projects Almost A Third Of Californians Will Have Medi-Cal http://kvpr.org/post/new-budget-projects-almost-third-californians-will-have-medi-cal <div><p>California Governor Jerry Brown’s new budget estimates that almost a third of the population of California will be enrolled in Medi-Cal during next fiscal year. Pauline Bartolone has more from Sacramento.</p></div><p>About 11.5 million Californians will get health care through Medi-Cal. That’s higher than what the Governor or state health planners anticipated. So the revised budget adds more than a billion dollars to account for the surge.</p><p>Anthony Wright of Health Access says he’s pleased the state expanded Medi-Cal under the Affordable Care Act.</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 21:45:12 +0000 Pauline Bartolone - Capital Public Radio 32739 at http://kvpr.org New Budget Projects Almost A Third Of Californians Will Have Medi-Cal Amid Budget Woes, County Looks To New Future For Kern Medical Center http://kvpr.org/post/amid-budget-woes-county-looks-new-future-kern-medical-center <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Kern County Board of Supervisors met Monday to discuss the future of the county’s financially troubled Kern Medical Center. The Board met with hospital CEO Russell Judd and an outside consultant to outline new governance guidelines for </span>KMC<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> which is losing around $3 million a month.</span></p><p>Supervisor Mike Maggard says the hospital is at a critical juncture.</p> Tue, 13 May 2014 03:21:58 +0000 Joe Moore 32561 at http://kvpr.org Amid Budget Woes, County Looks To New Future For Kern Medical Center Judge Rules Fresno County Isn't Required To Provide Health Care To Undocumented http://kvpr.org/post/judge-rules-fresno-county-isnt-required-provide-health-care-undocumented <p>Community health advocates expressed their dismay today after a judge ruled that Fresno County is no longer required to provide health care to undocumented residents.</p><p>Superior Court Judge Donald Black overturned a portion of a 30-year-old court order this week, saying the county had proven a change in law no longer requires it to pay for specialty medical services for undocumented individuals.</p> Sat, 26 Apr 2014 01:17:25 +0000 Diana Aguilera 31782 at http://kvpr.org Judge Rules Fresno County Isn't Required To Provide Health Care To Undocumented Advocates Urge 'Vigilance' to Ensure Care for New Medi-Cal Patients http://kvpr.org/post/advocates-urge-vigilance-ensure-care-new-medi-cal-patients <p class="p1">California’s Medi-cal program has seen a huge surge in enrollment under the Affordable Care Act. Health Care Reporter Pauline Bartolone has more from Sacramento about what those patients can expect when they try to see a doctor.&nbsp;</p><p class="p3">California officials say they’re pleased to see 1.9 million have signed up under the Medi-Cal expansion. &nbsp;</p><p class="p3"><em>Toby Douglas: “1.9 million is far more than we ever projected, and there are even more that we’re working to get on as quickly as possible.”</em></p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:05:11 +0000 Pauline Bartolone - Capital Public Radio 31557 at http://kvpr.org Advocates Urge 'Vigilance' to Ensure Care for New Medi-Cal Patients 'Bumpy' California Enrollment Period Ends With Over 3 Million Health Care Sign-Ups http://kvpr.org/post/bumpy-california-enrollment-period-ends-over-3-million-health-care-sign-ups <div><p>California health officials say the open enrollment period for insurance has been ‘bumpy’ but it has ended with more than 3 million people signed up for coverage. Health Care Reporter Pauline Bartolone has more from Sacramento.</p></div><p>About 1.9 million Californians have new Medi-Cal coverage, and just under 1.5 have signed up for private insurance.</p><p>Among the people with private plans, about half had insurance agents or enrollment counselors sign them up. Peter Lee of Covered California says that’s something to keep in mind for the next enrollment period.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:43:11 +0000 Pauline Bartolone - Capital Public Radio 31367 at http://kvpr.org 'Bumpy' California Enrollment Period Ends With Over 3 Million Health Care Sign-Ups Deadline Sparks Surge in Covered California Applications http://kvpr.org/post/deadline-sparks-surge-covered-california-applications <p>California’s health insurance exchange says it’s received a surge of last-minute enrollments ahead of Monday’s midnight application deadline.&nbsp; Enrollment events popped up across the state as the Covered California call center reported waits of more than an hour in the final days.&nbsp; Ben Adler reports from one such event in Sacramento.</p><p>A room full of people waited up to 45 minutes at a Sacramento union hall to sign up for the Covered California health care exchange on the final day of open enrollment.&nbsp; Union organizers called it a 17-hour “enroll-a-thon.”</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:43:18 +0000 Ben Adler - Capital Public Radio 30563 at http://kvpr.org Deadline Sparks Surge in Covered California Applications At Fresno State, Dolores Huerta Urges Young Latinos To 'Get Covered' http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-state-dolores-huerta-urges-young-latinos-get-covered <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With just 10 days left before the Covered California enrollment deadline, farm labor activist Dolores </span>Huerta<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> took her message to students at Fresno State today. As </span>FM89's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Joe Moore reports, it's part of a last minute push to boost enrollment figures among Latinos and young people.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 21:35:04 +0000 Joe Moore 30048 at http://kvpr.org At Fresno State, Dolores Huerta Urges Young Latinos To 'Get Covered' California Medical Device Makers Have Mixed Views on Obamacare Tax http://kvpr.org/post/california-medical-device-makers-have-mixed-views-obamacare-tax <div><p>California is a place where medical device makers can thrive. The industry says employment in the sector is growing, and companies here benefit from almost half the biomedical venture capital dollars nationwide. This year, some medical device businesses have faced a new tax under the Affordable Care Act. Health Care Reporter Pauline Bartolone in Sacramento says the industry has a mixed reaction.</p></div><p>No one likes to be taxed. For many small businesses, the added costs can be especially unwelcome.</p> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 21:28:45 +0000 Pauline Bartolone - Capital Public Radio 26312 at http://kvpr.org California Medical Device Makers Have Mixed Views on Obamacare Tax No Deadline Extension, Says Covered California http://kvpr.org/post/no-deadline-extension-says-covered-california <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">California’s health care exchange is NOT extending the same one-day enrollment grace period as the White House is for the federal exchange.&nbsp; As Ben Adler reports from Sacramento, that means the deadline for Californians to apply for health insurance that takes effect January </span>1<sup>st</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> remains tonight at midnight.</span></p> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 01:32:21 +0000 Ben Adler - Capital Public Radio 26276 at http://kvpr.org No Deadline Extension, Says Covered California First Covered California Enrollment Deadline is December 23 http://kvpr.org/post/first-covered-california-enrollment-deadline-december-23 <div><p>There aren’t many days left to sign up for health insurance through Covered California if you want coverage to start next month. &nbsp;Health Care Reporter Pauline Bartolone has more from Sacramento.</p></div><p>The deadline to apply for coverage and pick a health plan is Monday December 23<sup>rd</sup>. Payment is not due until January 6<sup>th</sup>.</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 22:34:05 +0000 Pauline Bartolone - Capital Public Radio 26174 at http://kvpr.org First Covered California Enrollment Deadline is December 23 Supervisor Perea Envisions Break Between Fresno County, Community Hospitals http://kvpr.org/post/supervisor-perea-envisions-break-between-fresno-county-community-hospitals <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Supervisor Henry </span>Perea<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says that Fresno County’s decades-long contract with a local hospital to provide medical care to indigent patients could soon come to end.</span></p><p>“I think in the very near future, we just may be ending the contract with Community Hospitals, and going a different direction on the health care piece of it,” says Perea.</p><p>Perea was speaking on Valley Public Radio’s Valley Edition.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 02:13:52 +0000 Joe Moore 26021 at http://kvpr.org Supervisor Perea Envisions Break Between Fresno County, Community Hospitals California Health Insurers Restrict Doctor Choice To Lower Costs http://kvpr.org/post/california-health-insurers-restrict-doctor-choice-lower-costs <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As Californians shop for new insurance under the federal health law next year, they’re faced with many choices for health plans at different prices. But the plans they choose also come with different combinations of doctors and hospitals. And as Health Care reporter Pauline </span>Bartolone<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> tells us, some people are confused and frustrated by the new conditions. &nbsp;</span></p> Sat, 14 Dec 2013 00:29:20 +0000 Pauline Bartolone - Capital Public Radio 25278 at http://kvpr.org California Health Insurers Restrict Doctor Choice To Lower Costs Californians with Food Stamps to Get 'Fast Tracked' to Health Care http://kvpr.org/post/californians-food-stamps-get-fast-tracked-health-care <div><p>The state of California says as many as 600,000 people who receive food stamps could be fast-tracked into Medi-Cal next year if the federal government approves. &nbsp;Health Care Reporter Pauline Bartolone has more from Sacramento.</p></div><p>The state says people on the CalFresh program have the same income as people who qualify for expanded Medi-Cal under the Affordable Care Act next year.</p><p>Rene Mollow of the California Department of Health Care Services says it will offer food stamp recipients a way to sign up for free health care without filling out another application.</p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 19:41:32 +0000 Pauline Bartolone - Captial Public Radio 25391 at http://kvpr.org Californians with Food Stamps to Get 'Fast Tracked' to Health Care Covered California Votes to Keep Original Policy Cancelation Deadline http://kvpr.org/post/covered-california-votes-keep-original-policy-cancelation-deadline <p>The Covered California board of directors voted today [Thursday] not to allow health insurers to renew canceled policies that don’t meet new standards under the Affordable Care Act.</p><p>The decision comes after President Obama’s recent suggestion that insurers be allowed to decide whether they want to extend the policies for a year.</p><p>The exchange’s executive director, Peter Lee, raised concerns about pushing back the cancelations for a few months or up to a year.</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 00:54:51 +0000 Pauline Bartolone - Capital Public Radio 24867 at http://kvpr.org Covered California Votes to Keep Original Policy Cancelation Deadline Despite Obama's Proposal, California Health Insurers Want to 'Stay the Course' http://kvpr.org/post/despite-obamas-proposal-california-health-insurers-want-stay-course <p class="p1">California health insurers don’t like President Obama’s proposal to allow people to stay on health plans that don’t meet the standards of the Affordable Care Act next year. But as Health Care Reporter Pauline Bartolone tells us, the state’s Insurance Commissioner supports the President.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 02:18:38 +0000 Pauline Bartolone - Capital Public Radio 24535 at http://kvpr.org Despite Obama's Proposal, California Health Insurers Want to 'Stay the Course' California Stands Out In New Obamacare Numbers http://kvpr.org/post/california-stands-out-new-obamacare-numbers <div><p>Both California and the federal government have released numbers about people applying for health coverage next year. As Health Care Reporter Pauline Bartolone in Sacramento reports, California stands out from the rest of the states.</p></div><p>The federal government’s numbers show more than 35,000 Californians have picked a health plan through the state-run exchange as of November 2<sup>nd</sup>.</p><p>But Peter Lee of Covered California says the total is almost twice that if you count the latest numbers.</p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 19:25:56 +0000 Pauline Bartolone - Capital Public Radio 24506 at http://kvpr.org California Stands Out In New Obamacare Numbers Health Insurer Says Individual Plans Will Have Fewer Doctors Next Year http://kvpr.org/post/health-insurer-says-individual-plans-will-have-fewer-doctors-next-year <div><p>California health insurers say people buying coverage for themselves next year should expect a different set of doctors and hospitals than are available this year. Health Care Reporter Pauline Bartolone has more.</p></div><p>Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of California are the largest issuers of individual health insurance policies in the state. Jeff Smith of Blue Shield said in order to keep its plans affordable next year, it negotiated with doctors and hospitals.</p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 16:18:51 +0000 Pauline Batolone - Capital Public Radio 24316 at http://kvpr.org Health Insurer Says Individual Plans Will Have Fewer Doctors Next Year California Health Insurers: "Some People Will Pay More, Some People Will Pay Less" http://kvpr.org/post/california-health-insurers-some-people-will-pay-more-some-people-will-pay-less <div><p>California health insurers say the wave of individual policy cancelations across the country is part of an “evening out” of health care rules under the Affordable Care Act. Pauline Bartolone has more from Sacramento.</p><p>At least 350,000 Californians who currently purchase health insurance will have that coverage canceled this year. Health insurers say they have to comply with new rules that guarantee broad coverage. Some will pay more, some will pay less.</p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 17:23:20 +0000 Pauline Bartolone - Capital Public Radio 23825 at http://kvpr.org California Health Insurers: "Some People Will Pay More, Some People Will Pay Less" How Will Covered California Verify Incomes? http://kvpr.org/post/how-will-covered-california-verify-incomes <div><p>The final spending deal that ended the federal shutdown includes a provision that adds a layer of scrutiny for income verification in the new health insurance marketplaces.&nbsp; Health Care Reporter Pauline Bartolone in Sacramento reports on what it means for California.</p></div><p>The agreement hashed out by Congress calls for federal reports to be submitted about how marketplaces confirm income.&nbsp; But if you’re enrolling in California’s exchange it’s not going to make any difference.</p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 18:30:56 +0000 Pauline Bartolone - Capital Public Radio 23329 at http://kvpr.org How Will Covered California Verify Incomes?