A selection of health policy stories from California, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.
Los Angeles Times: Patients Pour Into LA Sports Arena For Free Medical, Dental Care
An army of doctors, nurses, dentists and other health workers on Thursday began providing free care to a steady stream of patients at the annual Care Harbor clinic at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena. Care Harbor founder Don Manelli estimated that 700 to 800 people would receive free care by the end of the day Thursday. In all, the clinic expects to serve about 4,000 Angelenos--many of whom don't have insurance, or don't have coverage for services like dentistry or vision care (Brown, 10/31).
Kaiser Health News: Capsules: Health Insurance Sign Ups Are New Service At Annual Free Clinic In L.A.
The Care Harbor L.A. event, in its fifth year, expects to treat about 3,750 people over four days. But this year is different because many of those in attendance will be eligible for insurance through the federal health law, said Howard Kahn, chief executive officer of L.A. Care Health Plan (Gorman, 11/1).
The Associated Press: Bill Calls For Changes In Mass. Retiree Benefits
Lawmakers are reviewing Gov. Deval Patrick's proposal to rein in health care costs for retired public employees by raising the retirement age and service requirements and reducing what the state pays for many workers' premiums. Supporters and critics crowded the Statehouse Thursday as the Legislature's Public Service committee heard testimony on a bill the administration projects would save up to $20 billion over the next 30 years (Leblanc, 10/31).