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
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
College students in America face particular challenges in paying
for health insurance, and consequently are more likely to be
uninsured than any other segment of the population. Experts
estimate that between 10% and 20% of the uninsured are college
students aged 18 to 24. This substantial chunk of the citizenry
is taking enormous risk; students who experience illness or
injury can rack up enormous debt before they ever earn a salary,
and uninsured students don’t receive preventive care that can
discover and treat many illnesses in their early stages.
Covered California™ is
the official website for California’s new marketplace for
affordable, private health insurance under the new healthcare
reform law, the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare.”
Covered California’s mission is to increase the number of
Californians with health insurance, improve the quality of health
care for all of us, reduce health care coverage costs and make
sure California’s diverse population has fair and equal access to
quality health care. You will have the ability to choose the
health plan that offers the best services at the greatest value
for you – insurance that can’t be dropped or denied if you have a
pre-existing medical condition (any illness or condition a
patient has prior to obtaining insurance).
The new health care reform law is both exciting and confusing.
Beginning Oct. 1, millions of Californians will have the
opportunity to shop for health insurance through the state’s new
health care exchange or online marketplace. Yet, a recent poll by
the California Wellness Foundation shows that only 15 percent of
Californians feel “very knowledgeable” about the new health care
Alzheimer’s drugs are often costly and they do not offer a cure.
But patients and family members who want to slow a debilitating
disease often pay the high prices, even if their insurance
doesn’t cover it.
About two-thirds of low-income blacks and single mothers and more
than half of low-wage workers who lack health coverage are
expected to be left uninsured despite implementation of the
Affordable Care Act, according to an analysis of U.S. Census
data, the New York Times reports.
OAKLAND, CA–(Marketwired – September 26, 2013) – Today the
California Institute for Nursing and Health Care released its
landmark report, Nurse Role Exploration Project: The Affordable
Care Act and New Nursing Roles, identifying top new roles for
Registered Nurses (RNs) in the era of health care reform. The
paper, funded by a grant from the California Wellness Foundation
(TCWF), is the result of 9 months of research and collaboration
with leaders in healthcare from across the state of California.
Grants provided through the Affordable Care Act have helped
community clinics such as Los Angeles’ Eisner Pediatric &
Family Medical Center expand services, but such providers will
face challenges as the law is fully implemented, HealthyCal
Beginning next month, thousands of central San Joaquin Valley
residents will be enrolling in insurance plans — many for the
first time — under the Affordable Care Act. Under the new federal
law, an estimated 45,000 people in Fresno County will be eligible
to sign up for Medi-Cal, the joint state-federal health insurance
program for the low income.
Another 65,000 in Fresno, Kings and Madera counties — and more
than 100,000 in Tulare and counties north from Merced to San
Joaquin — will qualify for federal tax credits to help pay for
Most young people feel like they have years of good health in the
bank. They are, as a group, so unlikely to buy insurance that
insurance companies dubbed them the young invincibles and in some
cases gave up on trying to enroll them in health care plans.
Some young adults, inevitably, will be proven wrong in their
optimistic evaluations of their health.
You receive a phone message that, because of the recent Supreme
Court decision to uphold the Affordable Health Care Act, you have
an opportunity to get health care at substantially discounted
rates. You call the 800-number, and the salesperson offers
“superior” health insurance at “group” rates with savings of 50
percent or more.
However, be aware of several scams that boast a special affinity
to this federal act.
I have interviewed uninsured folks for years and often write
about a particular episode in their lives. But imagine the
day-to-day realities of going without health insurance. Living
each day knowing that if you got hurt or fell victim to some
disease through no fault of your own, you’d have no way of
affording the cost of treatment.