California health insurance

A health care leader from the Trump administration told doctors, hospital directors and seniors in the Central Valley that she's ready to fix problems in the public health system. Capital Public Radio's Sammy Caiola was on hand.

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Some California state Assembly members are reviving their push for universal health care this week with two days of informational hearings.  Capital Public Radio's Sammy Caiola has a recap.

California is asking a federal judge to immediately reinstate health care payments President Trump halted last week.  That's as a lawsuit by 19 states goes forward challenging the president's actions.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

California is leading a lawsuit by 18 states against the Trump administration.  That's after the President suspended a key component of the health care law last week.  Capital public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.


A government program that provides insurance for low and middle income kids might not receive a federal boost this year.  Capital Public Radio's Sammy Caiola explains what that would mean for California families enrolled in the Children's Health Insurance Program - or CHIP.

Roughly five million low-income Californians have health insurance because of the Affordable Care Act.  If the latest repeal effort passes, many of them could lose their coverage.  Capital public Radio's Sammy Caiola explains what the new measure could do.

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A lawsuit has been filed charging that the state of California is harming the health of millions of lower-income residents - particularly Latinos - with Medi-Cal reimbursement rates that are so low that many doctors won't accept them as patients.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Patients who visit a hospital that is part of their insurance plan don't have to worry about receiving surprise medical bills anymore.  Capital Public Radio's Sally Schilling explains California's law prohibiting those bills took effect July 1.

California could face an extra $30 billion in health costs per year within a decade under the U.S. Senate Republican halth plan.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

California's governor and both U.S. senators appeared together yesterday to criticize the proposed GOP health care plan, and pledged to cooperate to try to defeat the bill.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

When California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon announced late Friday that he would hold the single-payer health care bill for the year, he set off a firestorm of reactions that showcase a split in the Democratic Party.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.

The leader of the California Assembly says he does not have plans to take up the state single-payer health care proposal passed by the state Senate earlier this session.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Now that the California Senate has passed a single-payer health care bill, supporters and opponents are wondering if it would actually make it easier for Californians to get health care.  Capital Public Radio's Sally Schilling explains.

With the Affordable Care Act in limbo, California is allowing some health insurers to submit two different premium rate proposals:  one if the law continues, and the other if it doesn't.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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A bill that would eliminate health insurance companies and provide government-funded health care coverage for all Californians passed its first key vote in the state Senate on Wednesday, the same day that hundreds of nurses rallied at the State Capitol in support of universal health care.   The California Report's host John Sepulvado introduces KQED's Laura Klivans has more on the effort to create what's known as a single payer system.

The California State Legislature is considering a bold proposal to substantially remake the state's health care system by eliminating insurance companies and guaranteeing coverage for everyone.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

The debate over whether California should adopt a single payer, government-run health care system has returned to the state Capitol.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

The Trump Administration's proposals for replacing the Affordable Care Act would likely mean California would receive many fewer billions of dollars for the state's Medi-Cal program.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

Governor Jerry Brown has proposed more funding for the state's version of Medicaid, in spite of talks that the Affordable Care Act may be repealed under the new Trump administration.  Capital Public Radio's Health Care Reporter Ja'Nel Johnson has details.

As thousands of Californians rush to meet deadlines to sign up for health insurance through Covered California, a new report shows that even a partial repeal of Obamacare, officially known as the Affordable Care Act, could leave nearly 5 million Californians without health insurance.  KVCR's Isel Cuapio reports.

California's program providing health insurance coverage to undocumented children through Medi-Cal is less than a year old.  And there's no assurance the new program will be able to survive budget cuts promised by the incoming Trump administration.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

Covered California Is Open For Enrollment

Nov 2, 2016

Covered California, the state's health insurance exchange, is now open for enrollment. Here are some details in a report from Capital Public Radio's Ja'Nel Johnson.

Medical patients in California can say goodbye to surprise bills.  Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation Friday that prohibits patients from having to pay out-of-network bills when they visit an in-network hospital.  Starting next July, doctors and insurers will have to divvy up those costs, as Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford rerports.

A measure to eliminate surprise medical bills in California has passed the state Legislature.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports lawmakers think they have a novel solution.

Monday Vote On Health Insurer Tax

Feb 29, 2016

California Lawmakers will vote Monday on Governor Jerry Brown's proposal to restructure a tax on health insurers. The deal is intended to avoid a billion-dollar state budget deficit. Democrats are expected to support the tax, but Republicans are split. From Capital Public Radio, Ben Adler reports.

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Support is growing for Governor Jerry Brown's proposal to restructure California's tax on health insurance plans.  A key interest group is backing the tax - and some Republicans are hinting that they might too.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler has more.

California lawmakers could vote this week on a proposal to restructure a tax on health care plans in order to avert a potential billion-dollar state budget hole.  As Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports, a deal appears to be drawing near.

Residents of the Inland Empire only have until Sunday to sign up for health insurance via the state's insurance marketplace.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem has more on the approaching Covered California deadline.

A new report shows California is leading the nation in reducing the number of Latino children without health coverage, in large part due to the expansion of Medi-Cal under the Affordable Care Act.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem has more on the newly-released information.

It's open enrollment season for Covered California, our state's Obamacare health care exchange.  California reduced the number of uninsured children by about 176,000 kids in the first year the Affordable Care Act took full effect, according to a new report.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem has details on the new findings from Georgetown University.