Cheryl Jennings, host of ABC 7’s Beyond the Headlines, spoke with
CPC’s Carmella Gutierrez to help Californians understand the
Affordable Care Act and to offer tips on making smart healthcare
2014 is coming–are you ready for Obamacare? Join the YouToons as
they walk through the basic changes in the way Americans will get
health coverage and what it will cost starting in 2014, when
major parts of the Affordable Care Act, also known as
“Obamacare,” go into effect.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — With the famous Olvera Street in Los Angeles
as the backdrop, Covered California™ and the California
Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) announced today that
more than 3 million Californians have signed up for health
coverage through Covered California or Medi-Cal since Oct. 1.
During the mid-day multicultural rally, officials from Covered
California and DHCS encouraged all consumers, particularly those
who don’t qualify for Medi-Cal, to enroll as soon as possible in
health insurance coverage, to beat the expected last-minute rush
Kyle Harvey addresses a critical reality about the new healthcare
law in California, “Slow going,” published Dec. 9. While data
demonstrates strong consumer interest in health plans through
Covered California, the enrollment numbers do not yet match that
California has more immigrants than any other state. At least one
in four Californians — more than 10 million people — were born in
And they’re a diverse bunch: Some immigrants, like my parents,
are naturalized U.S. citizens. Others are green card holders.
Some live here illegally. In addition, there are many thousands
of people who have temporary status here on work or student
The risk for autism is heightened when children who have a
certain gene mutation connected with the disorder are exposed to
high pollution, according to a new study by scientists at USC’s
Keck School of Medicine.
The fall ritual of getting an annual influenza shot could join
castor oil on the list of bygone remedies within a decade, some
scientists say. And as that tradition fades away, so too
will our fears of the virus mutating into a global pandemic.
To many, the concept of a world free from the coughs and fevers
brought on by influenza sounds improbable—impossible, even.
Covered California officials yesterday released enrollment
numbers for the first month, which indicate high interest in the
exchange but a low number of actual enrollees at the start of the
first open enrollment period.
Yesterday’s enrollment numbers for the month of October,
according to the exchange:
30,830 Californians enrolled in the exchange;
2.5 million unique visits;
About 250,000 calls were handled in the exchange’s three call
centers, with an average call length of about 15 minutes; and
85,960 Californians ruled eligible for coverage through the
“My husband and I are uninsured and are lucky to have been
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huge stress of uncertain income in recent years, we now suddenly
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We find a dramatic difference in coverage between insurance
companies. Some clients at our treatment center get the services
they need to get better, while others have no benefits and cannot
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individual and their loved ones. We hope that organizations like
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“Hi. I am one of the very many people trying to live on a small
amount of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), due to my
disability. I am fortunate to have Medicare and (Medi-Cal), which
have helped me to keep my health as good as my insurance allows.
I, too, was devasted when they cut so many services from
Medi-Cal, especially vision, dental and mental health care. So I
am no longer able to take care of those aspects of my health.
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“Your (Californians for
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seems to (be) assistance for most physical needs and more. Thank
you for coordinating these services and thank you for listening.”