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At the dawn of the Trump administration, California officials have withdrawn their request to provide illegal immigrants with Obamacare services.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)

Calif. seeks undocumented waiver

California's governor has signed into law a plan that could clear the way for undocumented people to access the state's Obamacare exchange. The legislation, from state Sen. Ricardo Lara, left, directs the secretary of California Health and Human Services to seek a waiver from the federal government to sell health insurance plans to illegal aliens. They would not receive state subsidies for buying the insurance, however. Policies ... (More)

20 mil insured under Obamacare

An estimated 20 million U.S. adults have benefited from "gains in health insurance" since enactment of the Affordable Care Act six years ago, the government says. The uninsured rate for adults (ages 18 to 64) fell by 43 percent between October 2013 and early 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services said March 3. It cited a "dramatic and steady decline in the uninsured rate." "This is the lowest rate of uninsured we've ... (More)

Minority push in final days

Covered California marked the final week of 2016 open enrollment by reaching out to minorities. The state Obamacare operation enlisted the help of lawmakers and community health care pros to encourage lower-income Californians to sign up for coverage by Sunday, Jan. 31. Sen. Ed Hernandez, who chairs the Senate Health Committee, participated in a Covered California conference call Jan. 26. Hernandez and Covered California chief ... (More)

Uninsured rate flat in 2015

The nation's rate of uninsured adults showed little change in 2015, according to a new study. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index indicates 11.9 percent of adults went without insurance in the fourth quarter, up from 11.6 in the third quarter. The uninsured rate was "essentially unchanged throughout 2015," an accompanying report said, as the figure was 11.9 percent for the first quarter. Overall, though, the uninsured rate has ... (More)