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Tuesday, July 22, 2014 – 11:30 a.m.

Here’s some news flowing across the transom this Tuesday morning. In case you missed it!

Appeals court deals blow to Obamacare

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled subsidies paid under The Affordable Care Act in states where no exchanges exist are illegal. Meanwhile, within hours, a Virginia Circuit Court of Appeals ruled exactly the opposite.

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SacBee: Union tells elected officials to shun hospital chain

Prime Healthcare Services

By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Jul. 9, 2014 – 4:58 pm

California’s dominant healthcare union has taken the “extraordinary” step of requesting that elected officials refrain from accepting political contributions from an Ontario-based hospital chain and its chief executive.

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UTSanDiego: Feds: California health exchange lags on verifying

Covered California

By JUDY LIN
Associated Press
July 1, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s marketplace for buying individual health insurance often failed to verify important personal information and resolve discrepancies in applications, a critical process in determining if people are eligible for taxpayer subsidies, a federal watchdog said Tuesday.

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SacBee: California’s huge 65-plus population poised for big growth

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
June 30, 2014

Thanks to high birth and immigration rates over the last several decades, California has one of the nation’s lowest proportions of over-65 residents – but it also has one of its higher elderly growth rates, a new Census Bureau report reveals.

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AP: Justices: Can’t make employers cover contraception

U.S. Supreme Court

Jun 30, 11:30 AM EDT
By MARK SHERMAN
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Monday that some corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women.

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LATimes: Confusion over doctor lists is costly for Obamacare enrollees in state

Covered California

Tom DiCioccio of Oceanside owes nearly $20,000 for his cancer surgery this year after Blue Shield switched him into a policy with fewer providers. The insurer agreed to pay his bills after The Times asked about the case.

Chad Terhune
June 28, 2014

Frustration and legal challenges over the network of doctors and hospitals for Obamacare patients have marred an otherwise successful rollout of the federal healthcare law in California.

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ObamaCare

By Helen Shen
Kaiser Health News
Posted: 06/28/2014 12:20:48 PM PDT
Updated: 06/28/2014 08:23:26 PM PDT

A mountainous backlog of Medi-Cal applications is well into its third month, but California officials have provided little information about how and when the largest such bottleneck in the nation might be cleared.

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NationalJournal: What a GOP Senate Would Mean for Obamacare

GOP

Full repeal is impossible, but the GOP could do some real damage to the Affordable Care Act.

National Journal

Health Care

By Sam Baker
June 23, 2014

A Republican Senate majority wouldn’t be able to fully repeal Obamacare, but it could force some pretty significant changes to the health care law.

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NYTimes: Health Insurers Pressing Down on Drug Prices

Drugs+Money

Business Day

By ANDREW POLLACK
JUNE 20, 2014

In dealing with health plans, drug companies are facing a new imperative — bargain or be banned.

Determined to slow the rapid rise in drug prices, more health plans are refusing to cover certain drugs unless the companies charge less for them.

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SacBee: CalPERS health premiums for 2015 a mix of hikes, cuts

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By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jun. 17, 2014 – 10:25 pm

CalPERS’ health care premiums are going up again for hundreds of thousands of public employees and their families, although 40 percent of CalPERS members will see their rates decline.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Officials seek to enroll jail inmates in Medi-Cal

Jails+Inmates

The idea is to recoup money spent on providing inmates legally required health care. Inmates can stay on Medi-Cal upon release assuming they still meet eligibility standards.

Published: May 30, 2014 Updated: 10:55 p.m.

Riverside and San Bernardino are joining the rush of California counties seeking to enroll jail inmates in a government-run health insurance program to recoup millions of dollars in medical costs.

To read story by Jeff Horseman in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

The Sun: Loma Linda VA mounting offensive to combat complaints

Loma Linda VA

In the wake of the resignation Friday of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki over revelations of extended waits for appointments at hospitals under his direction, we examine how veterans fare when it comes to health services at local VA hospitals.

By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 05/30/14, 8:41 PM PDT | Updated: 50 secs ago

LOMA LINDA >> Wendy Clouser of Big Bear Lake has been taking medications for post-traumatic stress disorder — one of them experimental — for two years.

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Barack Obama

By Juliet Eilperin and Ed O’Keefe
May 22, 2014

President Obama delivered a forceful defense of his veterans policies Wednesday, saying that caring for veterans and their families is “one of the causes of my presidency” and vowing to punish those responsible for long wait times and other serious problems at military medical centers.

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National Journal

NJ Daily
By Michael Catalini
May 21, 2014

A senior Democratic senator suggested Wednesday that President Obama’s race factored into opposition to the Affordable Care Act, sparking outrage on the part of one of his Republican colleagues.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Medi-Cal expands to cover 30 percent of Californians

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, May. 20, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, May. 20, 2014 – 12:16 am

A half-century ago, a governor named Brown persuaded the California Legislature to embark on what those involved thought would be a modest new program of health care for poor Californians.

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Politics

Bloomberg-Businessweek

Campaign 2014

By John Tozzi May 19, 2014

Political candidates, their allies, and issue groups have spent nearly half a billion dollars on TV ads talking about the Affordable Care Act since the law was passed four years ago, according to a new analysis by Kantar Media CMAG, which tracks political ads. And for every $1 spent in support of Obamacare, $15 went to trashing it.

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Reuters: Top U.S. veterans’ healthcare official resigns amid scandal

VA Seal

By Phil Stewart and David Alexander
WASHINGTON Fri May 16, 2014 6:08pm EDT

(Reuters) – The top health official at the Department of Veterans Affairs resigned on Friday amid a scandal over allegations of deadly healthcare delays, but critics dismissed the gesture as “damage control” because he planned to retire this year anyway.

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SacBee: Medical malpractice initiative qualifies for California ballot

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
May 15, 2014

By Christopher Cadelago
Bee Capitol Bureau

A decades-long fight among powerful California interests is finally coming before voters, as the proponents of a push to increase the sum victims can recover in medical malpractice lawsuits announced Thursday that they’ve qualified for the November ballot.

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Covered California

By Terry Baynes
Thu May 15, 2014 3:41pm EDT

(Reuters) – Consumers who purchased new health plans from Blue Shield of California have sued the insurer, claiming they were misled into thinking the insurance would cover their desired doctors and hospitals.

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Sacramento-Business-Journal

May 5, 2014, 1:46pm PDT
Kathy Robertson
Senior Staff Writer- Sacramento Business Journal

Almost two years since the U.S. Supreme Court approved the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act, the Sacramento-based Pacific Legal Foundation gets a shot in appeals court this week at unwinding the mandate based on how it was enacted.

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ARMC

By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 05/01/14, 6:50 PM PDT |

COLTON >> More than 400 registered nurses picketed Thursday in front of Arrowhead Regional Medical Center.

“The primary issues are patient care and nursing safety,” said Jed Smith, a labor representative with the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United.

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CapitolWeekly: Covered California targets voter registration

Covered California

By JOHN HOWARD
Posted 04.23.2014

Voter registration, politics and health care: a volatile mix?

Millions of Californians who applied for coverage under the Affordable Care Act will be getting voter registration cards from Covered California, the state’s health insurance portal. It’s not clear how many actually will register.

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LATimes: State Senate panel advances medical marijuana regulations

Medical Marijuana

By Patrick McGreevy
April 21, 2014, 4:15 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — Medical marijuana dispensaries in California would have to get state Public Health Department licenses, and doctors who recommend pot would face new standards for examining patients under legislation supported Monday by a state Senate panel.

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Covered California

As of April 15, 425,058 people, or 30.5% of the Covered California market, had enrolled in Anthem. Blue Shield was second with 27.3%, Health Net third at 18.9% and Kaiser fourth at 17.3%.

By Chad Terhune
April 21, 2014, 8:19 p.m.

With open enrollment for Obamacare wrapped up, insurance giant Anthem Blue Cross stayed ahead of the pack in California sign-ups and widened its lead over rival Blue Shield of California.

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VVDailyPress: Reddy puts $40 million into nonprofit medical school

Prem Reddy

Dr, Prem Reddy

California University of Science and Medicine expects to welcome first class in 2016
April 14, 2014 12:59 PM
BROOKE SELF, STAFF WRITER

COLTON • A local group of doctors and community officials announced plans Monday to develop a privately-funded, nonprofit medical school in Colton.

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LATimes: For the working poor, new health premiums can be a burden

By Soumya Karlamangla
April 13, 2014, 6:26 p.m.

For nearly two decades, Barbara Garnaus maintained a modest, delicate life balance: keeping her part-time Orange County school district job and juggling her bills and credit card debt.

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VVDailyPress: Prime hospitals defend Medicare practices

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Amended whistle-blower lawsuit adds dozen more examples of alleged fraud
April 10, 2014 5:16 PM
SHEA JOHNSON, STAFF WRITER

LOS ANGELES • In response to an amended whistle-blower lawsuit filed last week, Prime Healthcare Services, Inc. this week continued to defend its hospitals’ Medicare practices, reiterating its earlier claim that accusations the chain systematically reports inflated billings and defrauded the federal government of millions of dollars were without merit.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Supervisors criticize hospital OT report

Riverside County Regional Medical Center

Riverside County Regional Medical Center

April 10, 2014

Riverside County supervisors weren’t happy to hear of massive overtime costs at the county hospital. But at least two were even less pleased with how those costs were reported by the county auditor-controller.

To read story by Jeff Horseman in The Press Enterprise, click here.

InlandPolitics: It’s finally started!

Campaigns

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 – 08:30 a.m.

It’s going to be an interesting election season.

Full of venom, recriminations and denials.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Hospital went $28M over budget for OT, per diem staff

Riverside County Regional Medical Center

Riverside County Regional Medical Center in Moreno Valley overspent its budget for staff overtime by almost $28 million over a five-year period, according to a report by the county auditor-controller. (File Photo)

April 04, 2014; 10:40 PM

Riverside County’s hospital exceeded its budget for overtime and per diem staff by almost $28 million over a five-year period, the county’s auditor-controller said in a report that gives insight into the depth of the financially struggling medical center’s problems and the challenge facing those tasked with fixing them.

To read story by Jeff Horseman in The Press Enterprise, click here.

LATimes: Insurers already calculating 2015 premiums as Obamacare kicks in

Health Insurance Rates

Far more Californians than expected have bought plans through the state health insurance exchange. How sick they are will factor into next year’s prices.

By Chad Terhune
March 30, 2014, 5:00 a.m.

After months of head counts for Obamacare, it is the medical bills that will start to matter now.

Even before enrollment closes Monday, California has far exceeded its initial goals for signing up people under the Affordable Care Act. Although the sheer volume of 1.1 million policyholders is impressive for a brand new government program, the number of sicker patients is what’s likely to draw the most attention.

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WashPost: More than 6 million Americans enrolled under the ACA, White House says

ObamaCare

By Juliet Eilperin
March 27 at 2:30 pm

A tea party member reaches for a pamphlet titled “The Impact of Obamacare”, at a “Food for Free Minds Tea Party Rally” in Littleton, N.H. in this Oct. 27, 2012 file photo (Jessica Rinaldi/Reuters)

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The Hill: O-Care premiums to skyrocket

ObamaCare

The Hill

March 19, 2014, 06:00 am
By Elise Viebeck

Health industry officials say ObamaCare-related premiums will double in some parts of the country, countering claims recently made by the administration.

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The Hill: Pelosi, Dems doubling down on ObamaCare

Nancy Pelosi

The Hill

March 19, 2014, 02:51 pm
By Mike Lillis

House Democratic leaders are doubling down on their bet that President Obama’s healthcare reform law will benefit them politically at the polls in November.

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The Sun: San Bernardino County has paid nearly $63M to settle lawsuits since 2008

SBCO Seal

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 03/16/14, 7:15 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> More than one-fifth of the $62.8 million San Bernardino County paid to settle civil lawsuits over the past six years named the Sheriff’s Department as a defendant, while Arrowhead Regional Medical Center was named defendant in 17 percent of the settled cases.

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Kevin McCarthy

Carolyn Kaster/AP – House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), seen here in October 2013, joined with Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) to form a 30-member working group to address the health-care law.

By Robert Costa
Monday, March 17, 2014

House Republican leaders are adopting an agreed-upon conservative approach to fixing the nation’s health-care system, in part to draw an election-year contrast with President Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

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SacBee: California health insurance enrollments surpass 923K

Covered California

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
March 13, 2014

The number of Californians enrolling in coverage through the state’s new health insurance marketplace reached 923,832 through Sunday, officials said.

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InlandPolitics: CD-31: Valdivia bows out of contest, field set

Campaigns

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 – 05:00 p.m.

City Councilman John Valdivia (R-San Bernardino) has opted not to run in the 31st Congressional District.

The move leaves six candidates candidates, four democrats and two republicans, who have officially-qualified.

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VVDailyPress: Desert Valley Hospital appealing sanction

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Top 100 recognition rescinded
March 11, 2014 1:42 PM
Shea Johnson, Staff Writer

VICTORVILLE • A spokesman for Prime Healthcare Services Inc. on Monday said its flagship Desert Valley Hospital is appealing a sanction by the California Department of Public Health that spurred Truven Health Analytics to strip the facility of a Top 100 Hospitals recognition.

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LATimes: More than 4.2 million people sign up for Obamacare

ObamaCare

But new figures confirm that the administration probably will fall well short of the 7 million sign-ups it hoped for by the March 31 enrollment deadline.

By Noam Levey
March 11, 2014, 6:13 p.m.

WASHINGTON — With less than a month remaining in the first enrollment period, more than 4.2 million Americans have signed up for health insurance on marketplaces created by President Obama’s health law, administration officials announced Tuesday.

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GOP

By David Lauter
March 11, 2014, 5:41 p.m.

Republicans scored a significant victory in a special congressional election Tuesday, holding onto a seat in a swing district in Florida that Democrats had high hopes of capturing after a campaign that focused heavily on President Obama’s healthcare law.

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DailyBulletin: Covered California numbers soar in San Bernardino County

Covered California

By Jim Steinberg, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 03/09/14, 8:58 PM PDT |

Registration numbers for Covered California in San Bernardino County soared in a report recently issued by Covered California.

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By Miles Corwin, CHCF Center for Health Reporting
Posted: 03/07/14, 7:42 PM PST |

His wife caught the flu and was treated at Summit Urgent Care in Palmdale. Then his daughter became ill and sought treatment at the facility. Now it was his turn.

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LATimes: Covered California begins ad blitz in final enrollment weeks

Covered California

The TV commercials mark a more direct appeal to millions of uninsured Californians before open enrollment for Obamacare ends March 31.

By Soumya Karlamangla
March 5, 2014, 4:58 p.m.

With less than a month left for enrollment in Obamacare, California’s insurance exchange is applying a major dose of peer pressure.

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SacBee: Covered California software glitch affects 37,000 health care applicants

Covered California

By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 – 11:04 pm
Last Modified: Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 – 11:54 pm

Computer problems that darkened Covered California’s website last week will force as many as 14,500 customers with partially completed applications to either resubmit the changes or begin a new request, officials at the health exchange said Friday.

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LATimes: Obamacare enrollment hits 4 million

ObamaCare

By Noam N. Levey
February 25, 2014, 5:32 p.m.

WASHINGTON – Enrollment in health plans sold on marketplaces created by President Obama’s healthcare law has hit 4 million, the administration announced Tuesday, marking another milestone in the law’s implementation.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Hospital shortfall narrows to $36 million

Riverside County Regional Medical Center

Riverside County Regional Medical Center is projected to end the fiscal year in June with a shortfall approaching $36 million, according to the latest estimates. The shortfall stood at $54 million late last year.

February 24, 2014; 05:18 PM

Riverside County’s hospital reduced its current budget shortfall to $36 million, an improvement over the expected $54 million gap for the Moreno Valley facility.

To read story by Jeff Horseman in The Press Enterprise, click here.

California Small Business Marketplace

By J.D. Harrison
Monday, February 24, 2014

After a slow start, the pace of enrollment is starting to pick up on the health-care law’s new insurance marketplace for individuals and families, with more than 1 million people signing up for coverage last month, including strong showings in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

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Politico: Obamacare stats still hard to nail down

Healthcare.gov

It could be a long time before we know whether CBO was even close to the mark. | AP Photo

By DAVID NATHER | 2/23/14 10:59 PM EST

When you go to all this trouble to cover the uninsured, is it really that unreasonable to ask how many uninsured people Obamacare has covered so far?

The answer, apparently, is: Yes. It’s unreasonable.

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SacBee: Ron Calderon indicted on 24 counts including bribery

indictment

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
February 21, 2014

Calderon Bribe Case – Indictment

Sen. Ron Calderon and his brother, former Assemblyman Tom Calderon, have been indicted by federal authorities on multiple criminal charges, including money laundering.

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SacBee: Health insurance enrollment tops 825,000 in California

Covered California

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
February 19, 2014

Some 828,638 Californians enrolled in health coverage via the state health insurance exchange through the first two weeks of February, officials said Wednesday.

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WashPost: California takes down online health insurance exchange for small businesses

California Small Business Marketplace

Jon Elswick/AP/File – If you’re a small-business owner in California, the online SHOP Marketplace is no longer open for business.

By J.D. Harrison
Friday, February 14, 2014

The nation’s most populous state has elected to temporarily shutter its new online health insurance marketplace for small business only four months after it launched, dealing yet another blow to a key element of the health care law meant to lower costs for employers.

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NationalJournal: How Obama Keeps Hurting Obamacare

Affordable Care Act

Republicans have huffed and puffed, but it’s the White House that has come closest to blowing the law down.

Health Care
By Sam Baker
February 11, 2014

Republicans have done everything they can think of to strike down Obamacare, but they’ve still only managed to come in second place. For all the House votes to repeal, defund, or weaken Obamacare, some of the most significant setbacks for the law have come from the administration itself.

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The PE: MORENO VALLEY: City loses lawsuit aimed at March development deals

Moreno Valley seal

February 10, 2014; 06:50 PM

A judge in Sacramento has denied Moreno Valley’s attempt to derail plans for a medical complex near March Air Reserve Base.

To read story by David Danelski in The Press Enterprise, click here.

ObamaCare

By Sarah Kliff
February 10 at 4:15 pm

The Treasury Department on Monday rolled out more tweaks to the health-care law’s requirement that all large employers–those with 50 or more workers–provide insurance coverage to their workers. This is the part of Obamacare was supposed to take effect at the start of 2014, but was delayed by the White House this past summer as the White House was facing significant push back from employers.

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SJMercuryNews (AP): Calif. health exchange planning for budget deficit

Covered California

By MICHAEL R. BLOOD Associated Press
Posted: 02/09/2014 09:01:48 AM PST
Updated: 02/09/2014 10:41:12 AM PST

LOS ANGELES—Covered California, held up as a jewel in the nation’s up-and-down health care overhaul, is setting aside nearly $200 million to fight off projected budget shortfalls as it prepares for what it says is a challenging financial future without hundreds of millions of dollars in federal aid.

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LADailyNews: Covered California pulls list of physicians from website

Covered California

By Susan Abram, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 02/07/14, 8:38 PM PST |

A list of physicians included on the Covered California website will be discontinued until further notice after errors were spotted, state officials said.

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Reuters: Obamacare to cut work hours by equivalent of 2 million jobs: CBO

ObamaCare

By David Morgan and David Lawder
WASHINGTON Tue Feb 4, 2014 3:08pm EST

(Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s healthcare law will reduce American workforce participation by the equivalent of 2 million full-time jobs in 2017, the Congressional Budget Office said on Tuesday, prompting Republicans to paint the law as bad medicine for the U.S. economy.

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Covered California

Many consumers faced hurdles signing up for Covered California health plans. Now they’re having trouble finding in-network doctors.

By Chad Terhune
February 4, 2014, 6:41 p.m.

After overcoming website glitches and long waits to get Obamacare, some patients are now running into frustrating new roadblocks at the doctor’s office.

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DailyBulletin: San Bernardino County last in state in Covered California sign-ups

Covered California

By Jim Steinberg, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 02/03/14, 10:23 PM PST |

With San Bernardino County lagging in terms of sign-ups for Obamacare, state officials say they have launched a new recruiting focus to reach more potential enrollees there and in neighboring Riverside County.

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LATimes: Anthem to raise some premiums as much as 25%

AnthemBlueCrossLogo

Up to 306,000 Californians with older, individual Anthem health insurance policies — unchanged by Obamacare — are subject to the rate increases.

By Chad Terhune
January 30, 2014, 5:43 p.m.

Thousands of Anthem Blue Cross individual customers with older insurance policies untouched by Obamacare are getting some jarring news: Their premiums are going up as much as 25%.

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SacBee: Poll finds Californians not thrilled with Obama, health care law

Barack Obama

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
January 29, 2014

As the federal health care overhaul continues to divide Californians, President Barack Obama’s approval here plunged to a record low, according to a new poll from the Public Policy Institute of California.

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The PE: OBAMACARE: A 2014 liability for Inland Democrats?

Mark Takano

Rep. Mark Takano, D-Riverside, has defended Obamacare during his first term in office. (Terry Pierson/Staff Photographer)

January 19, 2014; 01:23 PM

Republicans hope a steady dose of Obamacare-bashing will lead them to victory in the 2014 congressional races.

But will a full-on assault against the national health care law work in the Inland Empire, where two Democratic House incumbents are defending their seats for the first time?

To read story by Jeff Horseman in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Appellate justice seeks potential kidney donors

Thomas Hollenhorst

Thomas Hollenhorst, an associate justice for the 4th District Court of Appeal, is a longtime fixture in Riverside — as an attorney, prosecutor, and judge. He has a failing kidney and needs to find a donor. (Stan Lim/Staff Photographer)

January 23, 2014; 03:58 PM

It’s a waiting game for Thomas Hollenhorst.

An associate justice for the 4th District Court of Appeal in Riverside, Hollenhorst works with deadlines. But now the 67-year-old jurist, a fixture in the Inland legal scene for more than 40 years, needs a kidney transplant — and there are no rules of court to set when he will hear about an available organ from one of the two medical centers where is on transplant lists.

To read story by Richard K. De Atley in The Press-Entrprise, click here.

Politico: Poll: Most say White House not competent

Incompetent
Voters disapprove of Obama’s handling of the economy 56 percent to 39 percent, the poll says. | AP Photo

By TAL KOPAN | 1/22/14 12:36 PM EST

A slim majority of Americans say the Obama administration is not competent at running the government, according to a new poll.

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Covered California

By Susan Abram, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 01/21/14, 7:45 PM PST |

Half a million people enrolled into private health care plans through Covered California in its first three months, with 85 percent of them receiving tax subsidies to help pay for coverage, according to state data released Tuesday.

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VVDailyPress: Prime Healthcare accused of Medicare fraud

prime-healthcare-logo

Whistle-blower says hospital company milked Medicare of $50 million; Prime Healthcare denies ‘frivolous’ allegations

January 15, 2014 6:21 PM
Shea Johnson, Staff Writer

LOS ANGELES • An employee whistle-blower alleges Prime Healthcare Services, Inc., which boasts its flagship Desert Valley Hospital in Victorville, systematically misdiagnosed and extended stays of patients to collect on lucrative Medicare billings.

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SacBee: State keeps Wednesday, but insurers pushing payment deadlines

Covered California

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
January 14, 2014

Beset by processing delays and customer confusion, two providers offering health coverage through California’s new insurance exchange have pushed back their premium payment deadlines.

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WashPost: Second wave of health-insurance disruption affects small businesses

ObamaCare

By Ariana Eunjung Cha
Sunday, January 12, 2014

When millions of health-insurance plans were canceled last fall, the Obama administration tried to be reassuring, saying the terminations affected only the small minority of Americans who bought individual policies.

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LATimes: New California physician group ratings unveiled by Consumer Reports

health-care-reform

In a new survey, 64% of California patients said they were not always seen within 15 minutes of their appointment time.

By Chad Terhune
January 8, 2014, 7:00 a.m.

Californians searching for a doctor have new ratings from Consumer Reports on 170 physician groups statewide.

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LATimes: Hiccups persist in California health insurance exchange

Covered California

Covered California is still sorting through paper applications for health insurance starting Jan. 1, and some people are having trouble related to invoices, coverage confirmation or online payments.

By Chad Terhune
January 6, 2014, 7:16 p.m.

Paperwork and computer glitches are still tripping up some eager consumers who are seeking coverage through California’s insurance exchange and its 11 health plans.

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Healthcare

National health care spending decreased slightly as a share of the economy in 2012 due to higher growth in the U.S. gross domestic product. But use of health care services—including hospital care—was on the rise.(Shutterstock)
Health Care

Federal report finds health spending continued its slow climb in 2012.
By Clara Ritger
January 6, 2014

Growth in national health spending remained low for the fourth consecutive year, an annual federal report says.

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LATimes: California extends payment deadline for Obamacare policies to Jan. 15

Covered California

California exchange extends payment deadline

By Chad Terhune
January 4, 2014, 6:11 p.m.

Amid deepening consumer frustration, California’s health exchange extended the payment deadline to Jan. 15 for insurance coverage starting Jan. 1 under the federal healthcare law.

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InlandPolitics: Healthcare Debacle – Part 2

ObamaCare

Friday, January 3, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

First, it was the flawed exchange rollout.

Now it’s the “We’ll get back to you!” problem.

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Health Insurance Rates

By Susan Abram, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 01/02/14, 4:35 PM PST | Updated: 4 hrs ago

Dr. Michael Fishman is a podiatric surgeon with feet planted on both sides of the health care reform issue.

As a medical professional with a practice in Los Alamitos, Fishman mostly sees patients covered under PPO health insurance, some covered by Medicare, and very few from HMOs. But he fears he’ll lose patients as they transition into different policies under the Affordable Care Act.

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SacBee: California’s new laws: What changes in 2014

California Seal

By Jeremy B. White
jwhite@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 – 8:58 am

Bills that crossed Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk in 2013 encompassed policy topics from bullets to bike safety. In some cases Brown signed legislation that enshrined key Democratic goals, reflecting the strength of robust Democratic majorities in both houses of the Legislature.

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The Daily Caller

Business

Sarah Hurtubise
12:10 AM 01/01/2014

Obamacare may have promised health insurance for the masses. But on its first day, it’s left more Americans without coverage than before the law was passed.

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The Week: The hidden costs of ObamaCare

Money

Higher premiums could really kneecap the economic recovery
By Jacqueline Leo, The Fiscal Times | 10:30am ET

ObamaCare has delivered another sucker punch to the middle class. This time it’s sticker shock.

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InlandPolitics: Obamacare: 1.1 million allegedly enroll, but 6 million lose coverage

ObamaCare

Monday, December 30, 2013 – 08:15 a.m.

Woo hoo! The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Service (CMS) announced over the weekend that some 1.1 million consumers enrolled, or signed-up, for healthcare coverage through government-run exchanges.

Even though premiums must still be collected for most of that number.

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FoxNews: Patchwork of ObamaCare insurance deadlines adds to confusion

ObamaCare Payment Dates

Health care
Published December 26, 2013
FoxNews.com

So you’ve signed up for health care on the ObamaCare exchanges. Think you’re covered? Not quite.

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NYPost: New ObamaCare fees coming in 2014

obamacare-taxes

By S.A. Miller and Geoff Earle
December 25, 2013 | 5:45am

WASHINGTON — Here comes the ObamaCare tax bill.

The cost of President Obama’s massive health-care law will hit Americans in 2014 as new taxes pile up on their insurance premiums and on their income-tax bills.

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InlandPolitics: ObamaCare enrollment deadline today

Clock Strikes Twelve

Monday, December 23, 2013 – 09:15 a.m.

It’s finally here!

Take your pick! Will it be Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum?

Today’s the December 23, 2013, deadline to enroll in ObamaCare for coverage effective January 1, 2014.

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NYTimes: Mixed Messages Add Anxiety as Deadline Nears in Health Act

Barack Obama

By ROBERT PEAR
Published: December 21, 2013

WASHINGTON — For most Americans, Monday is the deadline to sign up for health insurance that takes effect on Jan. 1. It was supposed to be a turning point in the troubled history of the new health care law, the moment when the spotlight would shift from the federal government’s online marketplace to the insurance companies providing coverage to hundreds of thousands and eventually millions of people.

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Barack Obama

By Lesley Clark
McClatchy Washington Bureau
December 20, 2013 Updated 7 hours ago

President Barack Obama rejected the suggestion that 2013 — marked by the chaotic rollout of his signature legislative accomplishment — was the worst year of his presidency, as some polls suggest.

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SacBee: More than 50K Californians enroll in Obamacare in three-day period

Covered California

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
December 19, 2013

Covered California, the state’s health insurance exchange, is experiencing a significant surge in enrollment, officials said Thursday.

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