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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.
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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 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 Wednesday during an earnings conference call with analysts and investors.
BUSINESS
January 28, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
Los Angeles International Airport will soon be home to a center where travelers can sign up to get access to faster security screening lines. To qualify to use the Transportation Security Administration's expedited security lines, known as PreCheck, travelers have to get preapproved by the federal government by submitting background information. PreCheck passengers can keep their shoes, belts and coats on during the screening and don't have to unpack their computers or containers of liquids.
NEWS
January 24, 2014 | By Noam N. Levey
WASHINGTON - Approximately 3 million people have now enrolled in health insurance plans sold through marketplaces created by President Obama's health law, the administration announced Friday. The milestone indicates nearly a million additional people have signed up since the end of December. It also suggests that the marketplaces are continuing to recover from a disastrous launch on Oct. 1. Administration officials expressed optimism Friday that enrollment would increase through the end of March, when the open enrollment period for 2014 coverage closes.
BUSINESS
January 23, 2014 | By Chad Terhune
California's health exchange said it would use an additional $155 million in federal grant money to address customer service woes and to boost low enrollment among the key market of uninsured Latinos. The Covered California exchange announced the injection of money from the Obama administration Thursday as it faced growing criticism for dismal service and a disappointing sign-up rate among Latinos. The state has led the nation with more than 625,000 people enrolled in health plans through mid-January, and it's a bellwether state for the national rollout of the Affordable Care Act. That large volume of enrollment, much of it coming last month, has often overwhelmed the state exchange and its participating health plans.
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.
SPORTS
January 16, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
Stanley Norman, a standout junior receiver-defensive back from Culver City, appears headed to Gardena Serra. He has filled out enrollment papers for Serra and is expected to transfer by the start of the new semester next week. Coach Scott Altenberg said he has heard of Norman's intentions but must wait to see if he shows up next week. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
BUSINESS
January 14, 2014 | By Noam N. Levey
WASHINGTON - More than 2.1 million Americans signed up for health insurance in the last three months of 2013 through new online marketplaces created by President Obama's healthcare law as a December surge in enrollment helped the initiative recover from its disastrous launch. But the enrollment numbers - released in a government report Monday - lagged behind the Obama administration's target of 3.3 million sign-ups by the end of December. With nearly 500,000 enrollees through Dec. 28, California, which runs its own health insurance marketplace, continues to top all other states by a wide margin.
SPORTS
January 13, 2014 | By Gary Klein
Quarterback Jalen Greene, defensive lineman/linebacker Don Hill and offensive linemen Jordan Austin and Toa Lobendahn graduated early from high school and have enrolled at USC for the spring semester, Trojans Coach Steve Sarkisian announced Monday. "We are excited to welcome these players to the USC football program,” Sarkisian said in a statement.  “They are all outstanding players and bright students.  We anticipate they will contribute immediately when we start spring practice.” Greene, 6 feet 3 and 195 pounds, passed for 33 touchdowns, with six interceptions, and rushed for 1,209 yards and 14 touchdowns last season for Gardena Serra High.
NEWS
January 13, 2014 | By Noam N. Levey
WASHINGTON - More than 2.1 million Americans signed up for health insurance in the last three months of 2013 through new online marketplaces created by President Obama's health law, as a December surge in enrollment helped the initiative recover from its disastrous launch. But the enrollment numbers, released in a government report Monday, lag the Obama administration targets. The data also suggest the marketplaces are still far more popular among older consumers, a trend that threatens to push up premiums unless more young, healthy Americans sign up for insurance.
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