Health Care Reform

Covered California Urges 1 Million Uninsured Californians Facing Tax Penalties To Sign UpThe 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.
New Laws In 2015 Could Fix Issues Facing Covered CaliforniaFrom 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.
Advocates Sue State Over Massive Medi-Cal Backlog, Low-Income Residents Waiting MonthsAdvocates 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.
Cubs Had Smaller Grounds Crew In ‘TarpGate’ Game Vs. Giants, May Have Tried To Skirt ObamacareThe 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.
Bay Area Family Satisfied With Covered California, Location May Play RoleFor 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.
Pelosi Pushes Bill Prohibiting Employers From Denying Contraception Benefits Over Religious BeliefsHouse 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.
Nonprofit Insurers Lag In Covered California ExchangeSmall 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.
Some Bay Area Residents Refuse To Sign Up For Insurance, Will Pay PenaltyDespite 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.
Covered California Enrollment Deadline Pushed Back 2 Weeks Due To High VolumeLate 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.
Covered California Reports More Than 728,000 SignupsCalifornia'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.
625K Enroll In Covered California, Signups Among Young Below ExpectationsOfficials with California’s health insurance exchange Tuesday said about 625,000 people have signed up for an individual or family policy under the federal health care reforms, but enrollments for Latinos and younger people continue to lag expectations.
Covered California Reminds Enrollees To Make PaymentsWith its first major deadline in the past, California's health insurance exchange is urging the thousands of people who enrolled for coverage to take the next step and pay for it.
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