Oh, That Deadline? Doesn’t Apply To California

Consumers in the 39 states served by the federally-run health insurance exchange face a Friday deadline to sign up for Affordable Care Act health plans, but Californians have until Jan. 31 to enroll.

Pharmacy Costs Continue To Soar For California’s Public Employee Health System

The increase has been largely driven by the cost of specialty drugs. The agency, which provides health coverage for 1.4 million people, will address cost containment at a meeting Tuesday and at a panel discussion in January.

Podcast: 'What The Health?' Farewell, Individual Mandate

In this episode of “What the Health?” Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Joanne Kenen of Politico, Alice Ollstein of Talking Points Memo and Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times discuss health issues in the emerging tax bill, including the likely repeal of fines for those who fail to obtain health insurance. They also talk about the end of “open enrollment” for 2018 individual health insurance coverage.

Good Friends Might Be Your Best Brain Booster As You Age

SuperAgers, men and women over age 80 with extraordinary memories, share a commitment to sustaining friendships.

Fear Compromises The Health, Well-Being Of Immigrant Families, Report Finds

Interviews with immigrants from 15 countries and pediatricians in eight states reveal that fear of deportation is putting parents and children under heightened stress, impeding daily activities and jeopardizing long-term health.

Why Do People Hate Obamacare, Anyway?

It’s not just ideology; a lot of people don’t understand what the law does or how it works.

Consumers Who Froze Their Credit Reports Could Hit A Glitch Enrolling In Insurance

The federal marketplace generally uses credit reports to help verify identities, but that doesn’t work if consumers have put a security freeze on them — as some did after the Equifax breach this year. Workarounds for this issue exist, but they make the process more time-consuming.

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Marketing Covered California

Covered California, the state’s Obamacare exchange, is wielding a monster marketing budget that devotes $45 million to ads, including $18 million for TV and $8 million for radio. The state’s marketing riches contrast starkly with the advertising budget for the federal health insurance exchange, healthcare.gov.

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