$359 million dollars.
When it announced the contract in 2012, Covered California boasted that Accenture would develop a “consumer-friendly web portal” that would “simplify and streamline” the health insurance application process under Obamacare.
There must be another definition of “consumer-friendly” I’m not familiar with.
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The California Assembly last month voted overwhelmingly to support the Virtual Dental Home. The bill is now in Senate committee.
What kind of program gets such strong support from both sides of the aisle?
First, AB1174 is about early identification and treatment of tooth decay and other dental issues in poor children. That’s not a partisan issue. Does anyone believe it’s the kids’ fault if their teeth are bad?
Second, it’s a pilot project. If in two years the program can’t demonstrate to the satisfaction of legislators that it can do what it promises, the program disappears.
Curiously, and despite the 76-0 Assembly vote in its favor, this proposed bill does dance with some controversy. It plunges right into the scope-of-practice debate.
This article first appeared in the Los Angeles Daily News.
Fifty-year-old Long-Beach resident Sovothy Pak is on Medi-Cal, the state’s low-income health insurance program, and that turned out to be a complication when tumors from her cervical cancer began bleeding.
Her doctors said she needed radiation to stop the bleeding. But she couldn’t get in to see a specialist.
She weakened and was in growing pain. “We had to take her to the emergency room [for a transfusion] because her red blood cell counts were so low,” said Pak’s son-in-law Mike Wilson.
Now that the Affordable Care Act is in full swing, many Californians are feeling tremendous relief that they have affordable health coverage, some for the first time.
If you have health insurance through Medicare or through your employer—as the vast majority of insured Americans do—you have mostly been insulated from the tumult of the Affordable Care Act rollout.