Insurance

Pharmacists' New Roles

Increased responsibility pays health dividends

Dr. Sarah Ma goes over medications and dosages with diabetes patient Joe Navarro. Photo Credit: Anacleto Rapping This article originally appeared in the Los Angeles Register Jose Navarro regularly trekked to the drugstore after being diagnosed as a diabetic seven years ago. In a sign of transformation in the local fight against diabetes, the pharmacist is now coming to him. On a...

A singer's Obamacare lament

When we last spoke with leukemia patient Carol Kroger, she had resolved to apply for the state-run health reform exchange Covered California, hoping to escape the rising premiums of her private plan. A musician in our “Health Reform in Hollywood” story, Kroger and other performing artists were excited about Obamacare’s promise of affordable health insurance. After all, only the...

Ask Emily

Ask Emily on KALW's Your Call: What do you need to know about Obamacare?

This segment originally appeared on KALW'S Your Call program. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, five million people have now signed up for plans through government health insurance exchanges. That number could reach six million by the March 31 deadline. Who has joined and who remain on the sidelines? What questions do you still have about how you’ll be...

A "Dreamers" chance at Obamacare

Despite persistent claims that Obamacare provides health insurance to undocumented immigrants, an estimated 1 million of them in California and 10 million more nationally have always been banned from coverage under the law. A joint study has found, however, that one segment of new arrivals in our state, an estimated 125,000 “Dreamers” who have been granted deferred action...

Assisting Doctors

Obamacare spotlights need for nurse practitioners, physician assistants

Doctor of Nursing (DNP) Donna Emanuele fashions a new splint for Ulysees Lewis Jr. until surgery on his injured right hand with the help of Xray Technician Ryan Santos at left. Emanuele runs the Summit Urgent Care in Palmdale, working with patients who either have no personal doctor or those who can't afford to seek the help of a doctor. (Anacleto Rapping / CHCF Center for Health...

Health Reform in Hollywood

Performers' hopes tempered by sober realities

This story originally appeared in the Sacramento Bee. Before her injury, dancer Chisa Yamaguchi could catapult 12 feet in the air from a towering stage structure, but Hollywood’s brass ring of health insurance was always out of reach. Then came Obamacare. The President’s embattled health law could play the role of a lifetime for California’s arts and entertainment...

The Un-Enrolled

A million Californians could continue using ERs

  This story originally appeared in the Ventura County Star. SANTA CRUZ – This health center on California’s Central Coast serves as a laboratory for the issues facing health reform’s rollout: the working poor come not only for treatment, but to navigate the intricacies of the new public health system. Carol Ann Huboi, 57, is among the fortunate, already signed up for a...

Health records and privacy: Perils in the digital age

When Northern California’s Sutter Health announced recently that it had become the latest in a growing list of health care providers to lose some of its patients’ sensitive personal information, I snapped to attention. I’m a Sutter patient, and among more than 4 million people whose personal details – including name, address, date of birth, phone number, email...

Jones

Jones: Don't expect miracles on health insurance rates

From the day he was sworn in as California’s new insurance commissioner, Dave Jones has come out swinging. His primary target? Health insurers. Jones, a former Sacramento city councilman and state assemblyman, now runs the Department of Insurance, which regulates most PPO plans. (The Department of Managed Health Care primarily regulates HMOs.) On inauguration day last month, Jones...

Premiums going up? New state law may help. Or not.

A new state law that kicked in Jan. 1 requires health insurers to give regulators more detailed information before they raise premiums, and to show whether those rate increases are “reasonable” or “unreasonable.” Could this law be just what Dave Jones, California’s new insurance commissioner, has sought for years: More regulatory power over health insurers? Not so...

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