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Signing up the Homeless, One at a Time

On a recent winter morning, health outreach worker Christopher Mack walked through the streets and alleys of the city’s Skid Row, passing a man pulling a rusty shopping cart and a woman asleep on a crumpled blue tarp. The smell of marijuana wafted through the cold air.

“Do you have health insurance?” Mack, a towering man with long dreadlocks, asked one woman. “Do you go to the doctor?” he asked another.

Homeless men and women who didn’t qualify for insurance in the past now have the chance to sign up, and Mack — who was once homeless himself — is there to help.

How Much Does It Cost to Have a Baby in California?

The most common reason for hospitalization in the United States is childbirth. A new study published Thursday adds to the depth of research on cost variation in the American medical system.

In the study, researchers at U.C. San Francisco looked at 110,000 uncomplicated births across California and found that hospital charges for a vaginal delivery ranged from $3,296 to $37,227 and for a caesarian section the range was $8,312 to $70,908.

My Five-Week Saga Enrolling in Covered California

As a journalist I’ve covered the Affordable Care Act on and off since it was a gleam in President Obama’s eye. The melodrama of the fierce legislative fight; the subsequent relentless attacks against it; the Supreme Court case; and the catastrophic rollout of healthcare.gov — good times for the news media, though not necessarily the American public.

Nearly 500,000 Californians Enrolled in Obamacare Plans, Federal Data Show

Federal officials reported Monday that 2.2 million people nationwide have selected a plan in the new health insurance marketplaces established under the Affordable Care Act. Nearly 500,000 of them are Californians.

The numbers were released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services which also reported demographics across age groups, gender and tier of plan chosen.

6 Insightful Tweets on the ACA

It’s early days here in the rollout of the Affordable Care Act. Friday morning, the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Larry Levitt, an expert in health insurance policy, sent out a series of tweets. He said he hoped they were “concise thoughts on enrollment mix and the ACA.” Indeed, the tweets are a quick and insightful read: …

Governor’s Budget Includes $670 Million for Medi-Cal; Preserves Provider Rate Cuts

The governor’s budget is out and for the first time in years, California is expecting a multibillion dollar tax surplus. The governor is proposing a $8 billion in increased spending, with $670 million earmarked to expanded benefits under Medi-Cal. The expanded benefits include mental health, substance use disorder, adult dental, and specialized nutrition services. In his …

Long-Fought Medi-Cal Provider Rate Cuts Take Effect

A long-awaited and much-feared ten percent rate cut goes into effect today, January 9, for doctors and clinics reimbursed through Medi-Cal – the state’s health coverage for low-income patients. This comes at the same time the federal health overhaul is expanding that program to as many as 2 million Californians.

Many Spanish Speakers Left Behind in First Wave of Obamacare

Those who primarily speak Spanish are largely being left out of the first wave of coverage under Obamacare. Many missed the late December deadline for enrollment in plans beginning Jan. 1. People must sign up by March 31 or face a penalty.

In part, the lag in sign-ups among Spanish speakers reflects a digital − and a cultural − divide. Many are hesitant about handing over personal information to strangers over the Internet, advocates say. This group tends to be less educated, and have lower incomes and less access to technology than fluent English-speakers.

Check Your Blood Pressure, (Unwittingly) Sell Your Contact Information

Health insurance companies are on the prowl for more customers. There are still three months to go for people to enroll in health plans under the Affordable Care Act, but insurers don’t want to rely solely on state or government websites to find them. Some are finding a path to Americans’ inboxes by partnering with companies that operate health-screening kiosks – those machines in supermarkets and drug stores where people check their blood pressure or weight.