November 24, 2013 |
Molina Healthcare Inc. of Long Beach was looking after the medical needs of low-income people long before Obamacare debuted. Molina Healthcare began 33 years ago after emergency room physician C. David Molina had seen too many poor people with easily treatable and preventable illnesses. He opened three small clinics in Long Beach to serve them. The company currently offers Medicaid-related, licensed health plans for low-income families and individuals in California and nine other states.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 2013 |
About two hours after a car sped onto the Venice boardwalk and barreled through the crowd, killing an Italian honeymooner, Santa Monica police say Nathan Campbell walked into their station and confessed. "I'm the one you're looking for," Campbell said, according to the front desk officer. "I hit all those people. " Santa Monica police Officer Brent Wilkening testified Wednesday, the second day of Campbell's preliminary hearing, that Campbell said little besides the initial confession to him just before 8 p.m. on Aug. 3. According to Wilkening, Campbell said he had parked his car about a mile away and walked to the police station, stopping at a liquor store for a drink.
November 18, 2013 |
The raucous scene at a University of Miami tailgate party on a recent weekend might have seemed an unlikely spot for a debate over Obamacare. But with six dozen pizzas in hand, the youthful staffers from Generation Opportunity rolled up in Hummers and Ford F-150s to claim their spot. With "DJ Joey" spinning electronic dance beats, the group lured Miami's revelers to their tent with beer pong tables and plenty of swag, including bottle openers and beer cozies bearing the group's logo on a black-and-white pill capsule: "Opt Out. " They were seeking to keep out of President Obama's healthcare plan a group that, more than any other, must be in the program for it to succeed.
November 18, 2013 |
A woman who wants to travel but doesn't have a travel mate asked what she might do to avoid paying the singles supplement. She doesn't especially want to room with a stranger, but she doesn't want to pay the surcharge that solo travelers often are assessed either. What can she do? The On the Spot column of Nov. 10, "Opportunities Grow for Solo Travelers" ( www.lat.ms/19dEOYu ), focused on finding a travel companion or learning to make the acquaintance of strangers, whether you're paired with them by a tour company or you find them on your own. Readers had some good suggestions, as they always do. Marlene Frierson wrote: "Thank goodness for Grand Circle Travel/Overseas Travel [ www.lat.ms/1gE4iHh ]
November 17, 2013 |
At least six people were killed and dozens more hurt when an unusual November tornado outbreak hopscotched through the Midwest on Sunday, leaving destruction in its wake. Twisters and thunderstorms more reminiscent of spring than fall savaged communities in Illinois, Missouri, Indiana and Kentucky with punishing winds and heavy hail. Survivors poured into hospitals with broken limbs and other wounds from flying debris. An NFL game at Soldier Field in Chicago had to be suspended as football fans evacuated to the concourses, taking shelter from a line of storms.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 2013 |
Passport and tax records in hand, Nela Barboza fiddled nervously with a plastic folding fan as she approached Jessie Orozco's desk. "Buenas tardes," she said cordially. "I'm here to sign up for Obamacare. " Orozco, a benefits counselor at St. John's Well Child & Family Center in South Los Angeles, was thrilled. Around her neck, she wore a badge certifying that she was a state-trained enrollment counselor for California's new medical insurance marketplace - touted as one of the better-functioning parts of the Obama administration's healthcare overhaul.