CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 2013
Talk with Times reporter Evan Halper at 9 a.m. about California's food stamp program, which ranks among the stingiest in the nation enrollment-wise. Liberal California discourages eligible people from signing up for food stamps at rates conservative activists elsewhere envy. Only about half of the Californians who qualify for help get it. That stands in contrast to other states, including some deeply Republican ones, that enroll 80% to 90% of those with incomes low enough to qualify.
November 18, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Despite the disastrous rollout of the federal government's healthcare website, enrollment is surging in many states as tens of thousands of consumers sign up for insurance plans made available by President Obama's health law. A number of states that use their own systems, including California, are on track to hit enrollment targets for 2014 because of a sharp increase in November, according to state officials. "What we are seeing is incredible momentum," said Peter Lee, director of Covered California, the nation's largest state insurance marketplace, which accounted for a third of all enrollments nationally in October.
March 13, 2014 |
California is nearing 1 million people enrolled in Obamacare coverage, but the state's insurance exchange is still running behind in signing up Latinos and young people. In figures released Thursday, the state said 923,832 people had picked a health plan through March 9, and about 1.5 million people have enrolled or been deemed eligible for an expansion of Medi-Cal, the state's Medicaid program for the poor. But the overall rate of health plan sign-ups slowed during February, partly hurt by a five-day outage of the state's enrollment website.
December 13, 2013 |
Amid rising enrollment for healthcare insurance in California, industry giant Anthem Blue Cross has seized the early lead with a 30% share of the state's exchange market. Two major rivals, Blue Shield of California and Kaiser Permanente, aren't far behind in newly released state figures. Overall, the Covered California exchange said 156,143 people have selected a private health plan through Dec. 7. An additional 179,000 Californians have been deemed eligible for Medi-Cal, the state's Medicaid program.
January 29, 2014 |
Health insurance giant WellPoint Inc. has signed up 500,000 people for Obamacare policies across the country, and it struck an upbeat tone Wednesday about early enrollment trends under the healthcare law. WellPoint, which runs Anthem Blue Cross plans in California and 13 other states, said new enrollees tend to be older than current customers but that enrollment is in line with its projections and pricing for the new policies. "We do feel good about what we've seen in the exchanges so far," WellPoint Chief Executive Joseph Swedish said during an earnings conference call with analysts and investors.
October 25, 2011 |
For those concerned about the shortage of doctors in the U.S. healthcare system, here is a bit of good news: The number of students enrolling in medical schools has reached its highest level in a decade. More than 19,200 people entered their first year of medical school in 2011, a 3% increase over 2010, according to new data from the nonprofit Assn. of American Medical Colleges. The number of enrollees has been growing steadily since 2001, when medical schools reported 16,365 students entering their first year of medical school.