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BUSINESS
February 20, 2014 | By Walter Hamilton
Talking about money is always difficult. But for Latinos in the Los Angeles area, it appears to be especially unpleasant. According to a new survey, Latinos say they feel more comfortable talking about sex with friends or family members than they do discussing their finances. About 41% of Latinos in L.A. and Orange counties say it's difficult to talk about personal finances, according to a survey by Wells Fargo. Only 38% say the same thing about sex. PHOTOS: Top 10 Southern California companies In fact, local Latinos prefer discussing death, religion and taxes to finances, according to the poll.
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BUSINESS
February 19, 2014 | By Chad Terhune and Soumya Karlamangla
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.
BUSINESS
February 19, 2014 | By Chad Terhune
California's insurance exchange said more than 828,000 people have signed up for Obamacare coverage ahead of a March enrollment deadline. With six weeks left for open enrollment, the Covered California exchange also unveiled new TV ads Wednesday aimed at reaching uninsured Latinos. The state exchange said it saw an uptick in Latino enrollment during January after a slow start in the fall. The state said 28% of enrollees last month identified themselves as Latino, compared to 18% for October through December.
NATIONAL
February 18, 2014 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON - The woman who wants to be the next Texas governor stood at a podium in an inner-city community center here last week, a polished blond in a tailored pink jacket, black slacks and heels, and invoked her rags-to-riches narrative. "The promise of Texas is that where you start does not determine where you go," state Sen. Wendy Davis said. Davis, a Democrat, is attempting to sell Texas voters on her transformation from single mother in a Fort Worth trailer park to Harvard-educated lawyer and state lawmaker gracing the pages of Vogue.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
Jury selection begins Tuesday in a discrimination case in which three Latino police officers contend they were routinely passed over for promotions and two of them were given the "dead end" job of patrolling a local mall. The three Westminster officers maintain that despite years of service and numerous awards their careers have languished as non-Latino officers have been promoted and given prestigious assignments in the predominantly Asian city. "These three Latino officers dedicate their lives, put their lives on the line and have been outstanding officers and they've been denied opportunities, at every turn, to move up the ranks," said Victor Viramontes, an attorney representing the officers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
Jury selection is set to begin in a federal lawsuit in which three Westminster police officers contend they were passed up for promotions and special assignments because they are Latino. The lawsuit, filed in 2011, claims officers Jose Flores, Ryan Reyes and Brian Perez were denied assignments that would have lead to promotions and that Latino officers on the force were routinely assigned to patrol the Westminster Mall, which their attorney described as a “dead end” position unlikely to ever lead to a promotion.
BUSINESS
February 14, 2014 | By Soumya Karlamangla and Chad Terhune
Some California politicians are turning up the heat on the state's health insurance exchange to boost Latino enrollment in Obamacare before a March deadline. U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Santa Ana) held a sign-up event Thursday in Orange County and prodded the Covered California exchange to do more to reach the area's large population of uninsured. Statewide, about 1.2 million, or 46%, of the 2.6 million Californians eligible for federal premium subsidies under the healthcare law are Latino.
NATIONAL
February 11, 2014 | By Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON - President Obama will launch an initiative aimed at improving the lives of young black and Latino men by bringing businesses and foundations together with government agencies to change what an administration official called the "school-to-prison pipeline. " Obama plans to unveil the initiative, called My Brother's Keeper, on Thursday. The move is the latest in a series of efforts by the president to spur social change outside the stalemated legislative process, and represents an escalation of his efforts to target the problems faced by young men of color.
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.
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