Anna Gorman is a senior correspondent based in Los Angeles. She joined Kaiser Health News from the Los Angeles Times, where she worked for nearly 15 years covering health care, immigration and the Mexican border. She was a 2011 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. She has taught journalism at Harvard University and at USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Anna earned her bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and her master's from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. At the L.A. Times, she was part of a team that won a 2004 Pulitzer Prize. | Contact: AnnaG@kff.org | @AnnaGorman
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously ordered an audit Tuesday of how the public health department oversees nursing homes.
They say they were trying to help clear a California backlog of 9,000 cases. Elder care advocate calls the move “unconscionable.”
They work with doctors to assess patients, spot medication errors and even write prescriptions.
Many former foster kids are entitled to Medicaid coverage until they turn 26 but eligibility workers − and they themselves – may not know it.
Skid Row clinics in Los Angeles and other locations around the country are educating and enrolling homeless people in new health coverage, but mental illness and drug addiction pose challenges.
Even in California, the path to finalizing new insurance coverage can be long and arduous.
The entertainment industry relies heavily on freelancers and independent contractors who rarely are able to gain health insurance through their employers. Though the health law might help some, people in this industry still sometimes face difficulties in the health care system.
Overcoming distrust of government won’t be easy in Bell and Cudahy, and neither will signing up 60 percent of the residents for Covered California insurance.
More important than age, however, will be how healthy or unhealthy the enrollees are. Those who are sick are more motivated to sign up early, researchers said.
New insurance marketplaces around the country are weighing whether to offer voter registration to people signing up for health insurance. The issue could cause political and legal fights across the nation.