12.2 mil sign up for Obamacare

About 12.2 million U.S. consumers signed up for health insurance via the Affordable Care Act during the open enrollment period for 2017, the federal government said. The figure includes those who were automatically re-enrolled, as well as about a third who were new to the Obamacare marketplaces. The government's Obamacre figures for 2017 include the 39 states that use the HealthCare.gov platform, as well as the dozen state-based ... (More)

Jones cites ‘recipe for disaster’

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones is on the warpath over Republicans' plan to dismantle the Obamacare system. "We'll have a market skewed towards those who are sick," Jones said at a March 8 news conference. "That is a recipe for disaster for the health insurance market." Jones, left, who has regulatory oversight over health-insurance plans sold in the state, is running for attorney general in the 2018 ... (More)

Waiver for illegals pulled by state

At the dawn of the Trump administration, California officials have withdrawn their request to provide illegal immigrants with Obamacare services. State Sen. Ricardo Lara, left, who sponsored the state legislation that supported the immigrant health-care signups, said the move was the "first California casualty of the Trump presidency." Lara linked the move with fears of deportation based on candidate Donald Trump's stated intent ... (More)

209,000 jobs at stake in California

The threatened repeal of the Affordable Care Act could cost California as many as 209,000 jobs, researchers at UC Berkeley predict. The total cost to the state GDP of axing Obamacare -- a move backed by President-elect Donald Trump -- would be more than $20 billion, according to a report from the university's Center for Labor Research and Education. The damage won't stop there, researchers warn. State and local governments would ... (More)

Tax-credit jeopardy for 24,000

An error by Covered California has left about 24,000 policy holders at risk of losing their federal tax credits in January if they don't give the state health insurance exchange permission to verify their income. Covered California is engaged in a last-minute scramble to reach those individuals and families before the end of the month, spokeswoman Lizelda Lopez said. For policy holders who don't give the agency their consent by ... (More)