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The Time Is Right for California to Extend Health Coverage for All

Wendy Lazarus | Posted 12.02.2014 | Politics
Wendy Lazarus

California has benefited tremendously from the hard work of immigrants. And it is continuing to lead the rest of the nation in improving access to health care and coverage in all communities, including families who are undocumented.

New Back-to-School Checklist Item in California: Enroll in Health Coverage

Wendy Lazarus | Posted 12.03.2014 | Impact
Wendy Lazarus

Here in California, it's our goal to enroll even more families as we look ahead to the new open enrollment period beginning November 15, 2014.

Innovations in Dentistry Bridging the Gap for California Kids

Wendy Lazarus | Posted 10.08.2014 | Impact
Wendy Lazarus

Those who have suffered from a serious toothache know how debilitating it can be. So, imagine sitting through an algebra class with one. Then multiply that by the hundreds of thousands of children who suffer silently in school.

Express Lane Eligibility: A Common Sense Policy That Works

Wendy Lazarus | Posted 09.28.2014 | Politics
Wendy Lazarus

More uninsured parents and children are getting health care coverage. That's a very good thing. But implementing policies like Express Lane Eligibility that can help get those with limited resources access to health care in a streamlined and efficient way while generating administrative savings, well, that's a great thing.

Medicaid Recipients Are Not Invisible

Daniel Zingale | Posted 06.08.2014 | Politics
Daniel Zingale

The media and many policymakers have failed to address the critical role that Medicaid plays in the health care law's mission to expand access to affordable, quality health coverage. That's a shame, since its expansion was meant to assist people who, in many ways, need health coverage the most.

Children Benefit as California Leads the Way Enrolling Families in Health Coverage

Wendy Lazarus | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
Wendy Lazarus

March 31 marks the end of open enrollment for 2014 coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but many Californians aren't waiting until the deadline to sign up for health coverage.

Contradictions: Medicare and the Social Security Administration

Lawrence D. Elliott | Posted 02.09.2014 | Politics
Lawrence D. Elliott

Imagine yourself in this situation. You're in your mid-40s. You've worked hard all of your life. Then, you acquire a serious health condition. Your savings are wiped out. You're forced to go onto disability. You lose your modest home.

This State's 'Young Invincibles' Are Doing Their Part For Obamacare

Los Angeles Daily News | Susan Abram | Posted 01.25.2014 | Los Angeles

A majority of those who have applied for health care through Covered California are English speakers, Los Angeles County residents and between ages 55...

It's Time. Get Covered.

Robert Ross | Posted 12.01.2013 | Politics
Robert Ross

It is a daunting task to enroll everyone -- California alone has nearly 7 million uninsured, nearly 6 million of whom will be eligible for some of the benefits above. But if everybody pitches in, we can work to make significant strides.

Back to School + ACA Open Enrollment = Affordable Health Insurance for California Families This Fall

Wendy Lazarus | Posted 10.13.2013 | Politics
Wendy Lazarus

California educators and The Children's Partnership are doing their homework to make it easy and convenient for families to learn about affordable health insurance options, get help enrolling, and even enroll at schools, child-care centers, and after-school programs.

Making Obamacare Work in California

Robert Ross | Posted 06.14.2013 | Latino Voices
Robert Ross

June 7 was an exciting day for the implementation of Obamacare in California: Covered California (the state's health benefit marketplace, The Californ...

Passing Obamacare Seems Easy Compared To This

Los Angeles Daily News | Susan Abram | Posted 08.02.2013 | Los Angeles

Denise Scott shouts angrily over the way America has forgotten her. "We don't need no more illegals comin' over here!" she screams from a Skid Row si...

Kids and the Affordable Care Act: A High-Stakes Recipe for Success

Wendy Lazarus | Posted 06.10.2013 | Los Angeles
Wendy Lazarus

The Affordable Care Act's potential to help kids is enormous. Our collective job over the months ahead is to make good decisions on behalf of the millions of children in this country who are not at these decision-making tables but whose well-being depend on making the right choices.

CA Health Plans Raising The Alarm About Transition To Obamacare

| Posted 11.29.2012 | Los Angeles

This story comes courtesy of California Watch. By Christina Jewett Under a budget-paring plan crafted by Gov. Jerry Brown and approved by lawmak...

Obamacare Transition Accidentally Removes Ill Teen From Medi-Cal

Los Angeles Daily News | Susan Abram | Posted 01.26.2013 | Los Angeles

CANYON COUNTRY -- The government letter arrived like a wrecking ball into Ashlee Ricci's life. It said her son Justen Giron, 13, was no longer eligib...

Controversial Changes Made To Medi-Cal Benefits

| Christina Jewett | Posted 02.22.2012 | Los Angeles

This article comes to us courtesy of California Watch. By Christina Jewett. Sweeping changes for the state’s medical program for the needy are...

Who Knew? California May Have a Public Option

Linda Bergthold | Posted 03.15.2012 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

During the health reform debate, there was controversy and disappointment over the failure to include a public option in the Affordable Care Act. Not only did the public option idea not die, it is alive and well in California.

Draconian Cuts To Key Program Leave Patients Reeling

AP | SHANNON McCAFFREY | Posted 02.26.2012 | Politics

ATLANTA — Just as Medicaid prepares for a vast expansion under the federal health care overhaul, the 47-year-old entitlement program for the poo...

Open Letter: Saving Medicare Is About Being Super

Laphonza Butler | Posted 01.10.2012 | Los Angeles
Laphonza Butler

What is the human cost to what you may be proposing? How does your decision help to promote job creation; hold true to valuing our seniors and disabled; move us closer to our goal of a healthier society?

John Chiang Slams SCAN Health Plan For 'Fleecing' CA

| Christina Jewett | Posted 10.17.2011 | Los Angeles

Story courtesy of California Watch By Christina Jewett A Southern California health plan that state Controller John Chiang said “fleeced the sta...

Matt Sledge

California's Budget Cuts: Where They Hurt The Most

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 10.01.2011 | San Francisco

Higher tuition, fewer firefighters, shuttered state parks: the $14.6 billion in spending cuts in late June's "austerity budget" may be incomprehensibl...

Cut Medicaid? You May Have to Kick Grandma Out of the Nursing Home

Linda Bergthold | Posted 06.01.2011 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

If Republicans were to succeed in defunding health reform and returning the management of all health programs to the states, we would be at the mercy of state ideologues who apparently know very little about the programs they claim to cut.

Arnold Schwarzenegger: Compassionless Conservatism

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Schwarzenegger's heartlessness towards the state's most vulnerable citizens in a time of economic collapse renders absurd the Republicans' attempts to paint their party as "kinder and gentler" or "compassionate."