CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 2013 |
A committee of the Cal State Board of Trustees on Tuesday approved a $4.6-billion budget plan that includes money to hire faculty and increase student enrollment. The 2014-2015 proposal seeks an increase of $237.6 million in state funding. Included in that total is about $80 million to increase student enrollment by about 20,000; $13 million to hire more than 500 new, full-time faculty members; $15 million to finance critical maintenance repairs and upgrades and more than $91 million to increase faculty salaries.
October 30, 2013 |
A month into enrollment under the Affordable Care Act, hundreds of healthcare workers and insurance agents are still unable to sign up consumers for health coverage through California's new exchange. Despite promises of an army of workers blanketing the state to help, many aren't in place - or they're hitting one state roadblock or another. Critics say training sessions started late, background checks have taken too long and some people are suffering computer log-in problems.
October 27, 2013 |
One of these weeks, now that the Obama administration has recruited a SWAT team of computer whizzes, Healthcare.gov will recover from its shambolic debut and turn into, well, just another website. After all, it's only a website, and websites can be fixed. But that's when a far more interesting chapter in the life of Obamacare will begin. We're about to witness a massive experiment in federalism to see whether the Affordable Care Act can succeed in two very different kinds of states: those where governments are actively working to help the law succeed, and those where they're working to make it fail.
October 24, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration will push back by six weeks the deadline for enrolling for health insurance without facing a penalty, a change officials say is intended to clarify a series of mismatched deadlines outlined in the law and not a response to problems with its insurance website. Consumers will have until March 31 to sign up for insurance without paying a tax penalty in 2014, the White House announced late Wednesday. That date was already the end of open enrollment, but under the individual mandate rules it was not clear whether consumers who waited that long to enroll would still face penalties.
October 14, 2013 |
The nation's biggest online seller of health insurance has joined forces with the federal government to enroll people across the country in Obamacare, but EHealth Inc. won't be signing up any Californians. The state's new insurance exchange, Covered California, is handling online enrollment on its own and, for now, it has spurned help from Silicon Valley's EHealth and other online brokers. In contrast, the federal exchange for 36 other states has embraced EHealth's website - EHealthInsurance.com - and other popular shopping sites to help reach millions of uninsured Americans.
October 8, 2013 |
Seeking to rebut mounting criticism over the rollout of Obamacare nationwide, California's insurance exchange boasted that nearly 29,000 people applied for coverage last week under the federal healthcare law. Covered California, the state's new marketplace, said it released the data earlier than planned to counter "misinformation" and reports about widespread glitches preventing people from signing up. Peter Lee, the exchange's executive director, defended...
October 7, 2013 |
After a weekend tune-up, California's health insurance exchange will try to overcome first-week glitches that frustrated many consumers trying to sign up under Obamacare. The state marketplace, called Covered California, shut down its online enrollment system Saturday night through early Monday morning for what it described as "regular maintenance. " Last week, the state took enrollment offline two other times to address problems consumers had with repeated error messages and general slowness on the site.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 2013
Discuss California's rollout of President Obama's Affordable Care Act at 9 a.m. with Times reporters Chad Terhune and Eryn Brown. Kicking off a historic healthcare expansion Tuesday, California's new insurance market stumbled out of the gate with computer glitches, long hold times and an online enrollment delay for small businesses. Still, many consumers rushed to get coverage when enrollment opened nationwide as part the healthcare law. It was a rocky start for many government-run insurance exchanges across the country as computers froze and online enrollment was postponed for several hours.
October 2, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Problems with health insurance marketplaces created by President Obama's healthcare law persisted for a second day Wednesday as website glitches prevented many consumers from enrolling in coverage. Obama administration officials attributed the problems to high traffic at the federal website - healthcare.gov - which is the main portal for consumers in 36 states to select a health plan. Residents of the remaining 14 states, including California, Connecticut and Maryland, and the District of Columbia can use state-operated websites, many of which also continued to struggle to keep up with demand.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- Assemblyman Brian Nestande is no fan of Obamacare, but he's pushing a proposal to require all state lawmakers to get their benefits through the newly launched healthcare exchanges. The Palm Desert Republican said he'll be introducing a bill that would require lawmakers who want to get health benefits offered by the Legislature to enroll through Covered California, the state's healthcare exchange. "This is what legislators in California have proposed that people in the state have to buy into," Nestande said in an interview.