CHCF Center for Health Reporting | February 11, 2014
My inbox is brimming with your personal Obamacare stories, and most of them aren’t joyous odes to the new health law.
Sure, I’ve received a handful of emails from satisfied customers, but most of the happy people don’t have much reason to contact me.
CHCF Center for Health Reporting | January 28, 2014
I know what a massive, confusing experiment Obamacare is. I know you’re creating new rules, building new computer systems, hiring new staff members and enrolling hundreds of thousands of Californians in health coverage, all under a very tight – if not unrealistic – deadline.
So I understand that problems and glitches are inevitable. It wouldn’t be fair to expect the rollout to go perfectly.
But does it have to be this difficult?
CHCF Center for Health Reporting | January 14, 2014
State officials have been crowing that more than 400,000 Californians have enrolled in plans through the state’s health insurance exchange, Covered California.
However, another important statistic is getting lost in the exchange hubbub, and it has to do with Medi-Cal, the state’s publicly funded Medicaid program that insures low-income residents.
CHCF Center for Health Reporting | December 26, 2013
In the coming days, some of you will be testing out your brand new health plans. (Good luck!) Meanwhile, many of you still have decisions to make. In this Ask Emily, I tackle three questions that have implications for a broad range of Californians. Read on about Medi-Cal, COBRA and health savings accounts.
CHCF Center for Health Reporting | October 15, 2013
Now that Obamacare open enrollment is here, many of you have urgent questions about how to sign up and whether you even need to. In the latest Ask Emily, journalist Emily Bazar explains what income is used to determine whether you’re eligible for tax credits or Medi-Cal. She also answers this important question: If you already have Medi-Cal, Medicare or job-based insurance, do you have to sign up for anything else?
CHCF Center for Health Reporting | September 26, 2013
CHCF Center for Health Reporting | September 24, 2013
Oct. 1 is a big day in the evolution of Obamacare. Not only can Californians start signing up for plans from the health insurance exchange, Covered California, but they can also start enrolling in the expanded Medi-Cal program, which debuts Jan. 1. This installment of Ask Emily describes the coming changes to Medi-Cal and explains whether you might qualify.
CHCF Center for Health Reporting | September 23, 2013
Love it or hate it (or don’t know anything about it), Obamacare is here. And President Barack Obama’s new health care law, known officially as the Affordable Care Act, confronts a critical first test in a matter of days.
CHCF Center for Health Reporting | August 27, 2013
You know the cost of your health insurance may change under Obamacare. You know the quality of your insurance may change. But what about when you can buy your health insurance? In this installment of Ask Emily, Senior Writer Emily Bazar explains the new rules that will control when you can buy or change your health plans.