Health Care Reform

(CBS SF)

Covered California Urges 1 Million Uninsured Californians Facing Tax Penalties To Sign Up

The state is ramping up advertising and marketing efforts in the final month of open enrollment for health insurance to minimize the estimated 1 million Californians who will face tax penalties for staying uninsured, exchange officials announced Tuesday.

01/13/2015

A healthcare reform specialist helps people select insurance plans at the free Affordable Care Act (ACA) Enrollment Fair at Pasadena City College on November 19, 2013 in Pasadena, California. The event, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and the Los Angeles Association of Health Underwriters, offers one-on-one sessions with insurance experts certified by Covered California to help people enroll for healthcare coverage under the ACA. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

New Laws In 2015 Could Fix Issues Facing Covered California

From too few doctors, to state regulators who weren’t enforcing the law, the set backs and successes of the state’s health care exchange have been the topic of many ConsumerWatch reports this year. Now, the new laws in the New Year could fix some of the most significant issues facing Covered California. Julie Watts reports.

12/30/2014

Medi-cal

Advocates Sue State Over Massive Medi-Cal Backlog, Low-Income Residents Waiting Months

Advocates have filed suit against the state, saying hundreds of thousands of low-income Californians are being denied medical care because of a huge backlog of Medi-Cal applications.

09/19/2014

Chicago Cubs ground crew members struggle to get the tarp on the field as rain falls during the fifth inning of the Chicago Cubs game against the San Francisco Giants at Wrigley Field on August 19, 2014 in Chicago. (Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Cubs Had Smaller Grounds Crew In ‘TarpGate’ Game Vs. Giants, May Have Tried To Skirt Obamacare

The Chicago Cubs had fewer grounds crew members during Tuesday night’s so-called “Tarp Gate” game against the San Francisco Giants. A newspaper reported that the team recently reorganized staffing to possibly skirt insurance requirements under Obamacare.

08/22/2014

(CBS SF)

Bay Area Family Satisfied With Covered California, Location May Play Role

For months, KPIX 5 ConsumerWatch has investigated dozens of complaints from people on Covered California. A Contra Costa County family describes their positive experience on the insurance exchange.

07/09/2014

Birth control pills. (Tim Matsui/Getty Images)

Pelosi Pushes Bill Prohibiting Employers From Denying Contraception Benefits Over Religious Beliefs

House Democrat leader Nancy Pelosi has offered her support for a bill introduced by two Democratic lawmakers that would prohibit for-profit employers from using religious beliefs to deny employees coverage of contraception.

07/09/2014

(CBS)

Nonprofit Insurers Lag In Covered California Exchange

Small nonprofits offering insurance plans on California’s health care exchange are lagging well behind major insurers in sign-ups, potentially undermining a key goal of the federal Affordable Care Act, which sought to drive down costs by increasing competition.

04/02/2014

(CBS SF)

Some Bay Area Residents Refuse To Sign Up For Insurance, Will Pay Penalty

Despite an extended deadline to sign up for health care under Covered California, some in the Bay Area are choosing to pay a penalty instead of insurance because of the cost.

04/01/2014

(CBS SF)

Covered California Enrollment Deadline Pushed Back 2 Weeks Due To High Volume

Late in the day, as it became apparent that some consumers could not even begin their application process, Covered California announced a new policy that effectively extends the sign-up deadline for two weeks.

03/31/2014

(CBS SF)

Covered California Reports More Than 728,000 Signups

California’s health exchange is more than halfway toward meeting its original projection of 1.3 million sign-ups for individual insurance policies by the March 31 enrollment deadline, according to federal data released Wednesday.

02/12/2014

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