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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.
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.
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.
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.
January 16, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
For Americans who haven't been to college, alternative credentials such as professional licenses or educational certificates offer an edge in earnings, a new U.S. Census Bureau report shows. But Latinos lag behind other Americans in getting such licenses and certificates, a worrisome sign for educators and advocates who see the training as a ladder to better jobs with better wages. In its first report ever made on alternative educational credentials, the census bureau found that 1 out of 4 Americans holds some kind of educational credential or professional license other than an academic degree, including about 11.2 million people with no college education.
January 16, 2014 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
When Rita Moreno received a call last summer from SAG-AFTRA co-President Ken Howard, her first thought was that something was wrong. "I was in the car on my Bluetooth and he said, 'Rita, This is Ken Howard.' I said, 'Why the hell are you calling me? Do I owe dues? What's going on?' " When he got a word in edge-wise, Howard told her the reason for the call - Moreno  had been chosen the 50th recipient of the SAG Life Achievement Award. Morgan Freeman, who starred with Moreno over 40 years ago in the classic PBS kids' series "The Electric Company," will present her with the award during the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Saturday night.
January 15, 2014 | By James Barragan, Marc Lifsher and E. Scott Reckard
President Obama named Los Angeles businesswoman Maria Contreras-Sweet, the founder of a community bank and a former California Cabinet member, as his nominee to head the Small Business Administration. Obama said Contreras-Sweet, who has worked with small businesses in the private sector, understands what small businesses need. "Maria knows how hard it is to get started on a business," Obama said Wednesday. "The grueling hours, the stress, the occasional self-doubt. " "So not only did she start small businesses, but those have also been her customers, and she understands all too often that the lack of access to capital means a lack of opportunity," he said.
January 7, 2014 | By Elaine Woo
Actress Carmen Zapata, who responded to the dearth of challenging roles for Latinos by launching a bilingual theater company in Los Angeles four decades ago, died Sunday at her Van Nuys home. She was 86. The veteran of TV, stage and film, whose extensive credits include appearances on prime-time hits like "Trapper John, M.D" and "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman," had heart problems, said Lina Montalvo, managing director of the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts . In 1973, Zapata co-founded the foundation with director Margarita Galban to bring the Hispanic experience to the stage through productions of Spanish-language classics, including works by Federico Garcia Lorca, and contemporary plays by Latin American writers.
January 2, 2014 | By John Horn
Few who worked on - and the few who bought tickets for - "Paranormal Activity 4" were pleased with the outcome. Although the film performed fair enough in overseas markets, 2012's installment in the horror franchise was by far the worst-reviewed in the series and grossed the least in domestic theaters, just half of what "Paranormal Activity 3" took in. So the creators of the supernatural thrillers decided to sit out 2013 entirely and shake things...
January 2, 2014 | By Mark Olsen
The scariest thing about some horror movies might be when "5" appears at the end of the title - little good has ever come from that. So it's not surprising the team behind the "Paranormal Activity" films has gone an alternate route, adding a non-numbered secondary title of "The Marked Ones" on the franchise's fifth entry. The wildly successful series of low-budget films have trafficked in a sort of charged mundanity, the movies' found-footage aesthetic based on the essential angst of "Who's there?"
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