Medi-Cal

Deadly Neglect (Part III)

San Diego County OKs rating system for disabled and elderly homes

The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday agreed to spend up to $250,000 over the next two years to set up a voluntary rating system for assisted living homes across San Diego County.

Op-Eds

Medi-Cal experiment is failing most vulnerable patients: Guest commentary

The Affordable Care Act mandates that Medicare dramatically reduce spending to help pay for federal subsidies in the new health insurance exchanges. One upshot: a massive “demonstration” to see if $248 million can be saved this year in the care of...

Deadly Neglect (Part III)

Brown boosts assisted-living fines

Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Monday a bill imposing a 100-fold increase in the top fine for violations of state regulations at assisted-living homes for the elderly.

Access nightmare

Finding specialists tough for rural patients under managed care

Diane Kantoff’s job is to find specialists who will treat patients of the Plumas District Hospital Clinic in this quaint little town in the woods 80 miles northwest of Reno.

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Medi-Cal renewals: Another backlog on horizon?

Let’s start with some good news (because everything is relative): The backlog of Medi-Cal applications that I called “monumental”

Pharmacists' New Roles

For diabetics, the best doctor may be a pharmacist

Elba Santos, 63, rolled up her black trousers so Ryan Gates could examine her shins and feet. Gates touched a beet red area, asking if it hurt. Santos winced and nodded. “Even just from breathing, the pain hurts down here,” she said.

The Young Invincibles: A Key to Obamacare Success

Now that Obamacare is underway, what happened with the much-discussed demographic group known as the “young invincibles”? You might be surprised.

At last, the legislature funds a state dental director

Dentists in California, and their patients, are on the cusp of a major breakthrough. The legislature has included money in the state budget for a state dental director, a top priority of the California Dental Association.

Can 3 million newly insured fit into current system?

California’s resounding success in enrolling residents in Obamacare health insurance policies and expanded Medi-Cal coverage—a total of nearly 3 million people—is bumping up against the next Big Question: can these new enrollees use their insurance...

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Ask Emily on KPCC: 30 percent of Californians will be on Medi-Cal by 2015

Governor Jerry Brown’s new budget estimate accounts for a significant rise in the portion of the population enrolled in Medi-Cal. By 2015, 30 percent of Californians will be enrolled, about 11.5 million people.

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