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State Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Huntington Park, Long Beach, is running against Steve Poizner, a former Republican turned independent. While the office holds broad authority over policies regulating homes, businesses and cars, it does not wield much authority over health insurance.
California’s population of immigrants who do not qualify for plans under the health law could make it difficult to get the uninsured number any lower
Covered California officials have predicted there will be a 12 percent drop-off in enrollment because of the change. Media outlets take a look at what you need to know about the open enrollment season.
Fact checkers comb through President Donald Trump’s opinion piece on the Democrats’ “Medicare For All” plan and flag many of the president’s points that misstate facts about the current Medicare program, Medicare For All’s potential impact on seniors, preexisting conditions, and the cost of the plan, among other things.
Experts say that hundreds of thousands of children and other members of low-income legal immigrant families could drop out of public programs providing health care, nutrition and housing assistance due to the rule, which directs immigration officials to take into account things such as Medicaid assistance when determining green card eligibility.
The Women’s Center for Creative Work has distributed $200,000 in small grants (usually $2,000 to $3,000) to artists with medical needs over the past three years.
Gubernatorial front-runner Gavin Newsom is comfortable enough with his chances that he can be vague on his stances. Newsom did come out in favor of instituting a single-payer system during the primary, but later warned it would be unlikely for him accomplish it during his first term as governor.
The Trump administration is considering expanding the parameters of what constitutes a “public charge” to include immigrants’ participation in safety-net programs, such as Medicaid.
The legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown includes: a ban on short-term “junk insurance,” a proposal to create a council to study the feasibility of a “public option,” and a measure blocking any attempts to add work requirements to the state’s Medicaid program.
“UnitedHealthcare purchased PacifiCare and imposed cost-cutting measures that destroyed PacifiCare’s claims-handling processes,” said Dave Jones, the insurance commissioner in California. He added: “By any measure, 908,000 violations reflect a general business practice of violating consumer protection laws.”