AM News Thursday 10.10.13
The head of California’s health insurance market place, Covered Ca, said Tuesday that more than 16,000 households have completed applications in the first five days of enrollment, largely overcoming early technical setbacks that continue to hamper other states.
Covered California estimates that over the first six months between roughly 500,000 and 700,000 customers who are eligible for a subsidy will enroll in the marketplace.
California officials determined that 28,699 people in
the 16,311 households that have applied are eligible for coverage. Another 27,305 households have
partially completed their applications. In addition, 430 small businesses registered .
Despite getting off to the rocky start, Covered
California has racked up 987,440 unique visitors to its website and more than 59,000 calls into its customer service center through Saturday. Californians have
until Dec. 15 to sign up for coverage that begins Jan. 1.
At least two Sonoma county democrats are entering
the 2nd District Senate race to replace Sen Noreen Evans who is retiring.
Mike McGuire,a Sonoma County supervisor, and
Freshman Santa RosaCouncilwoman Erin Carlstrom announced Monday and Tuesday.
According to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, the moves are a jolt to the state Senate race, which had
already attracted two candidates from opposite ends of the sprawling district.
McGuire, 34, a former Healdsburg mayor, would be
an immediate frontrunner in the current field, some
political observers said. McGuire's first term
representing the north county ends next year. If he
runs for the Legislature, it would open up a seat on
the Board of Supervisors in the June primary,
unsettling a race that once seemed predictable with an incumbent on a clear path to reelection.
Carlstrom's situation is different. Unlike McGuire, she can run for higher office without risk of losing her
current seat on the Santa Rosa council, which is up
for election in 2016.
A 30-year-old attorney who has been in city office less than a
year, Carlstrom is currently on maternity leave from
the Santa Rosa council. She plans to return to public duties Nov. 5 and hold a campaign kick-off Nov. 13.
Chris Lehman, a 36-year-old Arcata resident and longtime state Senate staffer, and Eric Lucan, 32, who was elected to the Novato
City Council in 2011 are the other announced
candidates. All are democrats.
Potential Republican challengers include Lawrence Weisner, a Santa Rosa resident who lost against
Evans in 2010.
Facing the prospect of a prolonged federal
government shutdown, Gov. Jerry Brown will soon
need to decide if the state will shoulder the cost to
keep running federal programs used by millions of
State officials say there's no guarantee that critical
social services in California — such as food stamps,
subsidized school meals and nutrition assistance for pregnant women and infants — could run without
interruption in November.
The Brown administration has not yet said if it plans to plug the gaps for social programs at the end of the
H.D. Palmer, spokesman for the Department of
Finance said the department is continuing to evaluate potential impacts of the shutdown.
But it is unclear if California has the ability — and
political will — to draw substantial funds out of the
state's recovering budget to serve as a stopgap.
Food stamp benefits, which are collected by 4.7
million people, would cost at least $640 million per
month. The WIC program, which provides food
vouchers for pregnant women, infants and young
children, costs an average of $87.5 million per month to serve around 1.4 million participants.
Caltrans announced today that the Route 53
rehabilitation project in Lake County will require traffic control on Saturday, October 12 at the Intersection of Route 53 with Lakeshore Drive/40th Avenue from10
AM to 10PM. Motorists should anticipate up to 15-minute delays.