Obamacare Is Turning Us Into a Better Hospital

Thousands of Newly Insured Patients Are Making Our Medical Center More Efficient and Creative

The holidays are a convenient time to take stock of our blessings and opportunities, and to consider the challenges we have overcome in the previous year. As I reflect back, I have many things to be thankful for: good health, a supportive, healthy family, colleagues I enjoy and respect, and a job that I love.

This year, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) had a profound and rapid change on my professional life as a physician who works in an institution that forms part of California’s safety net for those in …

The Inland Empire Will Do Just About Anything to Insure You

In a Massive, Highly Diverse Region, Getting People Healthcare Means Getting Creative

If you build it, they won’t come. So you’ve got to go to them. This was the big takeaway from the first year of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Obamacare, Meet Your Schoolmarm. Her Name Is Healthy San Francisco.

What National Lessons Can We Learn from the City by the Bay’s Health Reform History?

Before Obamacare became part of the American lexicon—before Barack Obama had been elected president—San Francisco implemented healthcare reform of its own. What can Healthy San Francisco, which launched in 2007 …