March 27, 2014 |
ROME - With a March 31 deadline looming, 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 falls short of the goal of 7 million sign-ups that administration officials had hoped to reach before website troubles botched the Oct. 1 rollout of the federal marketplace. Still, the figure shows the administration has made a strong comeback, which could quiet concerns that the new system would fail to get a large enough pool of consumers to work as planned.
March 27, 2014
Re “Couple shocked by 90% rate hikes,” Column, March 25 Change the names from “Mike and Judy Holtzman” to “Norm and Susan Zareski” and from “John Hancock” to “CalPERS,” and my wife and I could have been the subjects of David Lazarus' column on long-term care insurance and the shocking price increases. In our case, the projected increase by 2015 is 85%. This comes after several smaller increases over the last five to 10 years. What's going on here? Norm Zareski Palos Verdes Estates I felt like I was reading a bit of personal history in this column.
March 25, 2014 |
If Democrats think the botched rollout of the Obamacare web site has handicapped them in the 2014 congressional elections, they should be ready for worse to come. Unhappiness with the negative effects of the healthcare law could produce even nastier consequences for Democrats in 2016. In the unrelenting partisan war between Republicans and Democrats that started as soon as Barack Obama became president in 2009, the Affordable Care Act has been the central battleground. The GOP used the ACA to bludgeon Democrats and win control of the House of Representatives in 2010.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 2014 |
Scores of small businesses burned in a payroll-tax scam got some welcome news late last week when an insurance company said it would cover $3 million of their total losses. "We won't get all of our money back, but at least it looks like we will get a good chunk," said Melissa Meltzer, who with her husband, Robert, owns a Los Angeles children's fitness franchise that lost about $55,000. The Meltzers are among about 150 mostly Southern California restaurateurs, dentists, hairstylists and others who learned around Christmas that money they had deposited with LA Payroll for state and federal taxes had disappeared - as had the company's owner, Tovmas Grigoryan.
March 13, 2014 |
When the Food & Drug Administration last November ordered the Mountain View, Calif.-based firm 23andMe to stop marketing its health-related genetic test kit to consumers, the ensuing debate took on a "rage against the machine" tenor. Entrepreneurs, patients' rights advocates and genetics geeks across the country argued that the plodding, risk-averse regulators of the FDA had neither the right nor the expertise to insert themselves between people wishing to own whatever mysteries their genes contained, and a company that promised to deliver such information.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 2014 |
SACRAMENTO - A protracted political battle over California's medical malpractice law may be coming to a new front: the voting booth. For decades, trial lawyers and consumer groups have railed against limits on certain damages in malpractice cases, arguing that such restrictions deny victims fair compensation for grisly medical mistakes. Insurance companies, doctors and other healthcare providers have been equally vigorous in defending the law, saying it is crucial to controlling costs and maintaining the availability of care.