The New Health Law & Covered California™


Working together to educate
Visalia Times Delta

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 interest.


ASK EMILY: Obamacare affects immigrants, too
The Press-Enterprise

California has more immigrants than any other state. At least one in four Californians — more than 10 million people — were born in another country.

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 visas.


The student’s guide to affordable health care

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™ and the Affordable Care Act & Obamacare
Your destination for affordable health care

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).


Guide offers help enrolling in Covered California
Sacramento Business Journal

A nonprofit patient-advocacy organization based in Sacramento has prepared a guide to help consumers navigate open enrollment through Covered California this fall.


How to avoid Obamacare scams

Protect yourself from these five ways fraudsters are using misinformation about the Affordable Care Act to take advantage of you.


Viewpoints: Are you ready for open enrollment and state’s new health care exchange?
Special to The Sacramento Bee

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 law.


Covered California back online after fixing technical glitches
California Healthline

On Wednesday morning, [Oct. 2], Covered California’s online enrollment option was re-launched after being shut down to fix technical issues, AP/U-T San Diego reports (Olson, AP/U-T San Diego, 10/2).


Alzheimer’s advocates look to ACA for better coverage

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.


Millions of low-income individuals to remain uninsured under ACA
California Healthline

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.


Landmark report on nurse roles and the Affordable Care Act released: Identifies top new roles for California’s registered nurses
Market Wired

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.


Substance misuse treatment likely to be transformed by ACA
California Healthline

Changes under the Affordable Care Act are expected to transform substance misuse treatment in California and other states, HealthyCal reports.


L.A. community clinic faces challenges under Affordable Care Act
California Healthline

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 reports.


Starting Oct. 1, thousands in Valley can sign up for health care
The Fresno Bee

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 insurance plans.


What does Obamacare mean for young people?

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.


Consumer Tip: Watch out for ‘affordable’ health care scams
Marin Independent Journal


Watch out for insurance SCAMS

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.


Healthcare Reform and Medicare

Healthcare Reform and Medicare


The Affordable Care Act–What it Means for Medicare Recipients



ACA: Five things everybody should know
Stockton Record

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.


Field Poll shows continued support for health care overhaul in California
The Sacramento Bee

A majority of California voters remain unflinching in their support of the federal health care overhaul, though nearly half of the electorate predicts it won’t affect them much, according to a new Field Poll.


48% of policyholders will get health-law subsidies, report says
Los Angeles Times

Amid a hot debate over health insurance costs next year, a new report estimates that nearly half of people who purchase individual policies now will qualify for premium subsidies as part of the healthcare overhaul.