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December 13, 2013 | By Chad Terhune
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.
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OPINION
April 6, 2014 | Doyle McManus
When Obamacare's first open-enrollment period ended last week, the tally was impressive: 7.1 million Americans signed up for insurance on federal and state exchanges by the March 31 deadline, several million more signed up for Medicaid and a whole lot of under-26 Americans got covered by their parents' plans. Those numbers represent a significant political victory for Democrats, making it highly unlikely that Republicans will be able to deliver on their promise to repeal the law. "You're not going to turn away 7 or 10 million people from insurance coverage," crowed Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.)
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NEWS
February 25, 2014 | By Noam N. Levey
WASHINGTON - Enrollment in health plans sold on marketplaces created by President Obama's healthcare law has hit 4 million, the administration announced Tuesday, marking another milestone in the law's implementation. The number suggests sign-ups have continued at a brisk pace in February, with about 700,000 people selecting an insurance plan so far this month. How many of the people who have selected coverage have also paid the premiums remains unclear, a key metric the administration has declined to release.
BUSINESS
April 3, 2014 | By Maeve Reston
Enrollment by Latinos in California's healthcare insurance exchange surged in the final month of sign-ups after an intensive push to reach that key population. "Our enrollment became more diverse in this last month, particularly among California's Latino population; our enrollment became younger," Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee said during a conference call with reporters Thursday after testifying with the heads of other state exchanges on Capitol Hill. With 1.2 million signed up for private plans, Lee said, "We're proud of that accomplishment.
BUSINESS
March 13, 2014 | By Chad Terhune and Soumya Karlamangla
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.
BUSINESS
March 26, 2014 | By Soumya Karlamangla and Chad Terhune
Latinos aren't the only sore spot for Covered California heading into Monday's enrollment deadline for Obamacare coverage. Very few African Americans have signed up statewide, and there's not much time to address the lackluster turnout. Wednesday, state officials reiterated that Monday remains the deadline for open enrollment. But the state will give Californians until April 15 to finish their application if they start it before midnight Monday. Thus far, fewer than 3% of health plan enrollees identify themselves as African American, and that number hasn't budged in weeks.
OPINION
May 13, 2012
Re "Fewer in state enter CSU, UC campuses," May 10 When I started teaching high school in California 30 years ago, I thought my students had it pretty good. Now I feel sorry for students. They're pushed and tested, spending days of the high school year taking so many exams, most of which have no significance for them personally. They're cajoled and threatened that they must go to college, even if it means taking on big debt. And now we're refusing to accommodate our own California residents, increasingly favoring out-of-state students because they pay more.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 2012 | By Carla Rivera, Los Angeles Times
The number of eligible California high school graduates entering the state's public four-year universities has plunged in the last five years, as budget-strapped institutions increasingly adopt practices to reduce enrollment, a new study has found. At University of California and California State University campuses, enrollment rates dropped by one-fifth, to fewer than 18% of all state high school graduates in 2010, from about 22% in 2007. The report, released Wednesday by the Public Policy Institute of California, found that these declines have occurred even as demand has risen: The number of high school graduates in California reached an all-time high of 405,000 in 2010; the number of seniors who completed college admission requirements increased dramatically, as did the number of students taking and passing Advanced Placement exams.
NATIONAL
November 18, 2013 | By Noam N. Levey
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.
BUSINESS
April 1, 2014 | By David Lauter and Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON - The Affordable Care Act has passed its first big test, but the law's distribution of winners and losers all but guarantees the achievement will not quiet its political opposition. White House officials, who had a near-death experience with the law's rollout six months ago, were nearly giddy Tuesday as they celebrated an open-enrollment season that ended on a high note. Despite the early problems with the federal website, "7.1 million Americans have now signed up," President Obama declared in a Rose Garden speech to members of Congress, his staff and supporters in which he notably returned to referring to the law as "Obamacare.
BUSINESS
March 31, 2014 | By Chad Terhune, Noam Levey and Soumya Karlamangla
Overrun by last-minute demand for Obamacare coverage, California gave many consumers until April 15 to enroll as thousands of people across the nation endured long lines and website troubles. Despite the problems, the late surge in sign-ups was a substantial boost to President Obama's signature law, particularly after such a disastrous launch in October. The final tally from the first year of the law's insurance expansion won't be known until later this spring. But as the Affordable Care Act's inaugural open-enrollment period wound down, an outpouring of interest pushed sign-ups on the new online marketplaces close to the Obama administration's goal of 7 million.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 2014 | By Eryn Brown
One long period of Obamacare hand-wringing in Los Angeles County will end Monday, as the window for residents to enroll in mandatory healthcare coverage comes to a close. But less than 24 hours later, county elected officials will be confronted with another politically sensitive facet of the nation's healthcare overhaul: how to manage roughly a million people, many of them poor or undocumented, who will remain uninsured either because they aren't eligible or failed to enroll. Unlike some other counties in California, which are sidestepping the issue and leaving the problem largely to nonprofit free clinics, Los Angeles has committed to providing residents without coverage some system of government-supported medical care.
BUSINESS
March 28, 2014 | By Chad Terhune and Soumya Karlamangla
Strong consumer interest in Obamacare coverage ahead of Monday's enrollment deadline was leading to long waits and website trouble for some Californians. The Covered California exchange said sign-ups have been building throughout the week with about 80,000 people picking a health plan Monday through Thursday. An additional 150,000 households created an online account and started the shopping process in the last three days, officials said. That heavy volume was creating havoc, confusion and delays for many consumers, enrollment counselors and insurance agents trying to use the exchange's website.
BUSINESS
March 27, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey and Noam N. Levey
WASHINGTON - With the Monday deadline still a few days away, the White House announced Thursday that more than 6 million people have signed up for health insurance through online marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act. That number, though shy of the 7 million sign-ups the administration had once hoped for, marks a significant milestone because 6 million was the projection for this year's enrollment made last month by the nonpartisan Congressional...
BUSINESS
March 26, 2014 | By Soumya Karlamangla and Chad Terhune
Latinos aren't the only sore spot for Covered California heading into Monday's enrollment deadline for Obamacare coverage. Very few African Americans have signed up statewide, and there's not much time to address the lackluster turnout. Wednesday, state officials reiterated that Monday remains the deadline for open enrollment. But the state will give Californians until April 15 to finish their application if they start it before midnight Monday. Thus far, fewer than 3% of health plan enrollees identify themselves as African American, and that number hasn't budged in weeks.
BUSINESS
January 21, 2014 | By Chad Terhune
California keeps signing up people for Obamacare policies at a rapid clip, but the state's struggle to reach uninsured Latinos is drawing more criticism. The Covered California exchange said Tuesday that more than 625,000 people have enrolled statewide in health plans through Jan. 15 as part of the Affordable Care Act. Even though enrollment opened in October, more than 500,000 of those enrollees signed up in just the last six weeks. That surge in volume has often overwhelmed the state exchange and many of its participating health plans.
BUSINESS
January 29, 2014 | By Chad Terhune
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.
BUSINESS
March 26, 2014 | By Noam N. Levey and Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - As Monday's deadline approaches to sign up for insurance under President Obama's health law, more than 1 million people a day are visiting HealthCare.gov, Obama administration officials said Wednesday. The site - the main portal for insurance marketplaces in 36 states - drew 1.2 million visitors Tuesday and 1.1 million visitors Monday, according to the administration. Over the same period, call centers received more than 500,000 calls. California's state-run health insurance exchange reported a similar surge in interest, with nearly 40,000 people picking a health plan Monday and Tuesday.
SPORTS
March 23, 2014
Torian White's football career at UCLA appears to be over. White, who was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault in November, has not enrolled at UCLA for the spring quarter. The offensive tackle was suspended from the team after his arrest. The case is still being investigated, according to a spokesperson for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. "All I can tell you is he is no longer with the team," Coach Jim Mora said. White started 14 games at left tackle as a redshirt freshman in 2012.
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