Is There Anything Exciting About Buying Health Insurance?

Convincing the Uninsured to Sign Up for Obamacare Isn't an Easy Task, But Someone's Got to Do It

When Obamacare’s second open enrollment period started in November, leaders of Covered California (the state’s insurance marketplace) got on the road, spreading the word about health insurance options campaign-style: on a bus tour. With less time to sign up uninsured Californians—the deadline for new enrollees is February 15, 2015—the pressure is on to build on the remarkable success of the first enrollment period.

There are also new challenges afoot. Organizers will have to go deeper into communities and convince more people who don’t use computers, many whose first language isn’t English, …

I Can’t Cure Your Child’s Obesity

Growing Up, I Imagined a Magical Solution to My Weight Issues. There Isn’t One, But My Clinic Is Finding Ways to Help Families of Overweight Kids.

Of the 10 children in my family, I was the only one who was obese. I didn’t know it at the time, but my family mirrored obesity trends in Holtville, …

Breathing on Borrowed Inhalers

Obamacare Got Me on Medi-Cal, But Getting Treatment for My Asthma Was a Struggle

In the spring of 2013, I lost my job at a law firm. The job came with medical benefits I needed. And I wasn’t sure exactly what to do.

I …

Pick Up Some Obamacare, Then Hit the Food Court

Photographs of the First Day of Open Enrollment at an L.A. Mall’s One-of-a-Kind Health Insurance Center

If California has a capital of Obamacare enrollment, you’ll find it at a Los Angeles mall next to a Sears, on the second floor of 3650 Martin Luther King Jr. …

Has the Affordable Care Act Fulfilled Its Promises?

A Year Into the New Healthcare Landscape, People Have More Choices and More Access—for the Most Part

A year ago, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was launched with an abundance of promises to Californians: People with preexisting conditions would no longer be denied coverage from health insurance …

Is Local Healthcare Better Healthcare?

Figuring Out the Roles of Regional Providers and Plans in Post-Obamacare California

As Vice President Biden famously said back in 2010, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a big deal, literally and figuratively. The era of Obamacare is about a large-scale shift …