Lara details single-payer plan

Saying it's time "to make universal healthcare a reality," state Sen. Ricardo Lara provided some detail for his Healthy California Act, a single-payer proposal. Previously and deliberately left vague, the legislation from Lara, left, and co-author Sen. Toni Atkins now seeks to cover all Californians for all medical care, including inpatient, outpatient, emergency care, dental, vision, mental health and nursing home care. "With ... (More)

GOP leaders ‘came up short’

Despite days of intense negotiations and last-minute concessions to win over wavering GOP conservatives and moderates, House Republican leaders failed to secure enough support to pass their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. House Speaker Paul Ryan, top, pulled the bill from consideration March 24 after he rushed to the White House to tell President Trump that there weren't the 216 votes necessary for passage. "We ... (More)

Inside ‘American Health Care Act’

After literally years of promises, House Republicans finally have a bill they say will "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act. Some conservative Republicans have derided the new proposal -- the American Health Care Act -- calling it "Obamacare Lite." It keeps intact some of the more popular features of the Affordable Care Act, such as allowing adult children to stay on their parents' health plans to age 26 and, at least in ... (More)

Immigrant health-care bill refiled

A California state senator has filed a reprise of his "Health for All" legislation that would extend Obamacare to all low-income Californians, including undocumented immigrants. Sen. Ricardo Lara, left, hopes to override provisions of the Affordable Care Act that exclude illegal aliens from from health insurance subsidies. The exclusions were specified as part of the political warring over health care reform. A majority of the ... (More)

Shorter Obamacare enrollment set

New shorter enrollment periods have been set for California's Obamacare operation. The 2015 open enrollment period begins Nov. 15 and runs through Feb. 15. That's significantly shorter then the inaugural Affordable Care Act policy signup period in California, which ran Oct. 1, 2013, through March 31, 2014. The revised Covered California enrollment periods bring the state into line with changes at the federal level. For ... (More)