CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2014 |
Two hungry children were wandering the streets of South Los Angeles alone last week when they walked into a liquor store, searching for a loaf of bread. At one point, they nearly headed across busy Manchester Boulevard until a passerby intervened. The children's ages: 2 and 3. Both wore soiled diapers when authorities picked them up. This week, officials acknowledged that the children and their mother had been under the direct supervision of Los Angeles County's child protective services agency.
March 6, 2014 |
Nearly 200,000 people have signed up for Obamacare coverage in L.A. County, new state data show. To put that in a national perspective, if the Los Angeles area were a state, it would have the fifth-highest enrollment in the country. It would trail only the rest of California, Florida, New York and Texas. L.A. County had 198,158 enrollees through the end of January. In comparison, Texas posted a total of 207,524. Full coverage: Obamacare takes effect Among other states, Pennsylvania had enrollment of 123,681 through January, and Washington reported 88,945, according to federal data.
March 5, 2014 |
With less than a month left for enrollment in Obamacare, California's insurance exchange is applying a major dose of peer pressure. In a new TV ad blitz, recent enrollees extol the benefits of having coverage for checkups or a serious illness. A man plays soccer with his sons, a musician carries his guitar down the street. "I'm in," young, fit-looking people say. "Are you in?" the announcer asks. This new marketing marks a more direct appeal to millions of uninsured Californians before open enrollment ends March 31. After March 31, people can't enroll in most health plans again until late fall.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 2014 |
When Catherine Aleman and Ana Renteria learned that L.A. Unified might move or close their small school in East Los Angeles, they did what the Academy of Environmental and Social Policy had taught them to do: They tried to make a difference and organized a protest. The students said the academy - an offshoot of Roosevelt High School in Boyle Heights - transformed their lives. The small campus has created close ties with students and teachers who push them toward college and stay after hours to help them with challenges such as Shakespearean prose.
February 27, 2014 |
As the Hawaii Legislature weighs bills that would make sweeping changes to the state's Obamacare program, the interim director of Hawaii's healthcare exchange on Wednesday laid out a grim financial picture facing the agency. With anemic enrollment by individuals and little interest among small-business employers, the state's nonprofit exchange -- known as the Hawaii Health Connector -- is unlikely to have enough money to pay its bills , even under the best of circumstances, when federal grant money dries up in 2015.
February 25, 2014 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 2014 |
Danielle Alberts fell and broke her right ankle in three places in 2012. Alberts, who earns about $9,000 a year, went to the hospital and was charged nearly $4,000 for a shot and some pain medication. Alberts did not have health insurance. She refused a cast because it would have cost $500 more and she didn't have the money from her jobs as a security guard and caregiver. The ankle healed poorly, leaving her with a limp, and she wears a brace to keep the swelling down. So when the 25-year-old Los Angeles Trade Technical College student received insurance under Covered California, the state's health insurance exchange for the public, she began searching for a doctor who could help her walk normally.
February 20, 2014 |
Amid a big marketing push, California's enrollment website for Obamacare coverage has suffered an unexpected outage due to software glitches. The website problems come at a crucial time as the Covered California exchange tries to persuade more uninsured people to sign up ahead of a March 31 deadline. The state exchange unveiled new TV commercials and radio ads this week aimed in particular at Latinos, who have been slow to enroll so far. The exchange is also urging more people to visit enrollment counselors, who rely on the state's online system.
February 20, 2014 |
Insurance giant Anthem Blue Cross stretched its lead over rival Blue Shield of California in the state's healthcare-coverage exchange, new data show. Anthem signed up 223,630 people through Jan. 31, or 31% of California's exchange market as part of the healthcare law. Anthem is a unit of Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc., the nation's second-largest health insurer. San Francisco insurer Blue Shield of California trails Anthem with a 29% share or 213,646 enrollees. Kaiser Permanente, the state's biggest HMO, is third with 131,448 exchange customers, an 18% share.
February 19, 2014 |
More Latinos are signing up for Obamacare coverage in California after a slow start, and the state is spending millions of dollars more on Spanish-language ads ahead of next month's enrollment deadline. The Covered California insurance exchange said Wednesday that 828,638 people overall have enrolled in private health plans through mid-February, and an additional 1 million Californians have been deemed eligible for an expansion of Medi-Cal, the state's Medicaid program. The pace of enrollment has dipped since late December's peak level when thousands of applicants rushed to meet a deadline for Jan. 1 coverage.