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)

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)

California enrollment slips 3%

With the future of Obamacare looking bleak, Covered California saw enrollment drop 3 percent compared with last year. The state Obamacare operation said 412,105 new consumers signed up for health coverage. About 425,000 signed up during open enrollment the previous year. Covered California chief Peter Lee, left, said the health-care signups "met our projections" and were "driven by the nearly 50,000 consumers who signed up for ... (More)

4-day Covered Cal extension

Covered California is once again giving consumers a bit of a break on the enrollment deadline for health coverage. In what has become an annual tradition, the final deadline for enrollment has been extended by four days -- for those who at least begin the process. "Experience tells us that people wait until the last day to sign up for health insurance, and we do not want to leave anyone behind," says Peter Lee, who heads the state ... (More)