Covered California explains why health insurance rates should rise. The author of “The Fight to Save the Town: Reimagining Discarded America” discusses Stockton’s lessons. Woodland Opera House performs the Broadway musical “In the Heights.”
California Covered Rate Increases
Six percent. This is how much the cost of the health plans offered by California covered are expected to increase next year. And that’s just the average. There are some parts of the state where rates will likely increase into double digits. And if federal funding isn’t renewed, health insurance markets across the country, like Covered California, could push rates even higher. And as more people resume doctor appointments at this point in the pandemic, the costs of seeing a doctor are also having an impact. There is also another big change at Covered California this year. For the first time since the state health insurance market launched in 2012, Covered California has a new leader. Covered the new California Executive Director Jessica Altman joined Insight to discuss his journey to becoming Covered California’s leader and rate changes.
It has been 10 years since Stockton filed for bankruptcy, the largest municipality to do so at the time (Detroit would file for bankruptcy the following year). During the 2008 recession, a perfect financial storm hit cities like Stockton hard. Foreclosures, falling home values, slack spending and not planning for a negative downturn. Stockton is one of the most diverse cities in the country, yet it’s often used as a title for a poor, high-crime location. But headlines are just that and there’s always more to the story. Michelle Wilde Anderson is a professor of urban law at Stanford University and his new book, “The fight to save the city: reinventing abandoned America”, documents the dismantling (and rebuilding) of local government in very poor communities. Professor Anderson has joined Insight to find out what happened to Stockton and how residents are reinventing their city and fighting urban decline.
“In the Heights” at the Woodland Opera House
A major Tony Award-winning musical and film will hit the stage in Yolo County. The Woodland Opera House opens its season with “In the Heights”, based on the book by Quiara Alegría Hudes and transformed into a Broadway musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda. In the Heights showcases the thriving migrant community of Washington Heights in Manhattan, incorporating Caribbean beats, hip-hop, and traditional musical ballads to tell the story of a predominantly Latin and Black neighborhood. The main character Usnavi de la Vega owns a “bodega”, a small Spanish grocery store, following his ambitions, struggles and desire to have a home. Jacob Gutierrez-Montoyadirector and choreographer of the musical at wood operajoined Insight to discuss performance.