Politics

County Health Plan Enrollment Numbers Just Short of Projections

Most people signing up under Covered California chose a big-name insurance provider, but some opted for regional health plans like the one offered through the Santa Clara Valley Health and Hospital System.

Valley Health Plan has managed to capture about 3 percent of the Santa Clara County market under Covered California, which is slightly below state levels. Though this figure pales in comparison to enrollment figures reported by the top four major healthcare providers, and it’s not as strong a figure as county officials expected two months away from the end-of-March enrollment deadline, it does represent a comparable market share to other small, local health plans, according to county officials.

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County Democrats Endorse Dave Cortese in San Jose Mayor’s Race

County Democrats officially endorsed Dave Cortese in his bid for mayor.

Dave Cortese came away with the official backing of county Democrats after every other San Jose mayoral candidate withdrew their application for the endorsement. The vote by the Santa Clara County Central Democratic Committee (DCC) came before Forrest Williams decided to drop out of the race. Williams then threw his support behind the county supervisor in his bid for mayor.

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Mayor Reed Files Lawsuit over Wording of State Pension Reform Initiative

Chuck Reed filed a lawsuit Thursday that challenges the ballot summary of his state pension reform initiative. (Photo via www.publicceo.com)

Backers of Mayor Chuck Reed’s state pension reform initiative filed a lawsuit this morning to change what they call inaccurate ballot language published by the office of Attorney General Kamala Harris. The only recourse to change a ballot summary in California is in court. And since all signature-gathering to place the measure on the 2014 ballot will stop until the case is resolved, it likely won’t make it to voters for another two years.

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Gates Foundation Donates $100,000 to Franklin-McKinley Schools

Franklin McKinley School District became the first in San Jose to receive funding from the Gates Foundation. (Photo by Marc_Smith, via Flickr)

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation granted $100,000 to Franklin McKinley School District to fund startup costs to promote collaboration between the traditional public school district and all its charter schools. The possibility that this seed money can lead to a much larger piece of the Gates Foundation Collaborative Compact financial pie is real, and predicated on the effort and results of the start-up phase. Santa Clara County Board of Education Trustee Joseph DiSalvo says that in order to radically impact student achievement and graduation rates in San Jose, especially for students of color and those living in poverty, we must work with all publicly-funded partners to reach new heights of high achievement for all. Too many efforts and public dollars are going into litigation in the old toxic model of competition between districts and charters.

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