Month: October 2013

Happy Halloween from Healthcare Nerds

October 31, 2013

Some spooky facts on this holiday: There are 7 million uninsured individuals in California. That’s a fifth of our state’s population. One in three Latinos in California is uninsured, and one in four uninsured Americans will lose almost all of their savings because of medical…

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Covered California October Board Meeting

October 31, 2013

Last week Covered California’s Board reviewed the progress made in the first few weeks of open enrollment, along with the issues that remain. Below is a summary of topics discussed at the October 24 meeting. Progress since launch (as of Oct. 19) 125,929 applications started 2.2…

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Congress Confused About Coverage Opportunities for Young Adults, As Are Many

October 29, 2013

In today’s Congressional hearing on the ACA and the rollout of the federal exchange website there was an inaccuracy that went unaddressed. Representative Paul Ryan expressed concern regarding young adults who can be covered through their parents until age 26, but choose to enroll…

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2012 Regional Workgroups

October 29, 2013

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Navigator Program Update

October 28, 2013

Covered California held a webinar on the preliminary recommendations for the Navigator program today. Navigators will provide both outreach and education and enrollment assistance to consumers, essentially functioning as hybrids of the in-person assistance and outreach and education…

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Confusion Surrounds Individual Mandate Deadline

October 24, 2013

Multiple dates have been associated with the federal deadline to secure health insurance in 2014. Initially, consumers were told they needed to be covered on January 1. Then when the 90 day grace period was factored in, many discovered they could delay coverage until March 31. Subsequently,…

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HAPPY CAPS LOCK DAY, REGISTER FOR OUR CONFERENCE

October 22, 2013

IT SO HAPPENS THAT TODAY IS CAPS LOCK DAY, AND IT IS ALSO THE DAY YOU SHOULD REGISTER FOR OUR CONFERENCE. SEE, EVEN OUR E-FLYER IS IN ALL CAPS. THAT WAS TOTALLY ON PURPOSE.

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Ohio Adopts Medicaid Expansion

October 21, 2013

Ohio became the 25th state to expand its Medicaid program to cover poor parents and low adults with incomes less than 138% of the federal poverty level  (a bit less than $16,000 for an individual, $32,000 for a family of four). Governor John Kasich (R. Ohio) bypassed the state legislature…

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Exchange Presumptuously Likened to iPhone Launch, Comparison Surprisingly Apt

October 21, 2013

When the federal health exchange launched, the administration made the fatal flaw of comparing it to the release of the iPhone.  Based on the general response on the Internet, the final arbiter of sanity and reason, this comparison was roundly met with ridicule. A concerning number…

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Federal Impasse Over, Sequel Tentatively Planned for February

October 17, 2013

After 16 days of the Federal Government Shutdown™, the Senate reached a deal to avoid a default on the nation’s debt. Key Tea Party leader, Texas Senator Ted Cruz has delivered on his promise that he will not try to block this deal, and in a rare moment of successful cat-herding,…

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