Health insurers often require patients to monitor their own out-of-pocket expenses. A bill in the state Legislature proposes to move that responsibility to insurers.
California tribal leaders and Covered California officials met to work on unique health coverage problems faced by American Indians ranging from inconsistent interpretations of eligibility to outreach among rural areas without Internet.
A significant drop in the number of Californians without health insurance shows the success of Covered California and Medi-Cal expansion, but reaching the remaining uninsured will take careful analysis, enhanced outreach and funding, according to state health officials.
San Franciscans unable to afford health coverage through Covered California can continue to receive care through the city’s universal health plan until 2015, while city officials work to create a subsidy program to satisfy federal mandates.
When Covered California’s second enrollment period begins this fall, state officials hope to do a better job reaching out to Californians of color using lessons learned from a staff report on the first enrollment period.
The National Senior Citizens Law Center is asking state and federal officials to slow down and fix problems in the pilot project to coordinate care for Californians eligible for Medicare and Medi-Cal.