California Paid As Much As $1.15 Billion In Medicaid Benefits For Ineligible Enrollees

A recent report by the U.S. Health and Human Services’ inspector general found that California enrolled about 445,000 people under the Medicaid expansion who may not have been eligible. About $1.15 billion in state and federal Medicaid funding is estimated to have been spent on individuals who were ineligible for the program. These estimates were derived from a sample of 150 California Medicaid beneficiaries in which 38 recipients turned out to be ineligible for enrollment. Click here to read the report.


Pulse Of The Ports: Trade Likely To Grow Unless Trade War Erupts

Trade experts speaking at the Port of Long Beach’s Pulse of the Ports peak season forecast today said that the threat of a trade war between Asia and the United States could stall the trend of growing trade between the regions. At the event, which took place at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, Drewry Maritime Research Senior Quantitative Economist Mario Moreno estimated that Asia-U.S. trade, of which the San Pedro Bay Ports are major beneficiaries, would grow 6.8% in 2018. Although the Trump administration has been pushing the idea of higher tariffs on Asian goods, he said that an all-out trade war is unlikely. Click here to view the webcast of the event.


Americans Fear Medical Cost More Than Illness

A recent survey has found that, during the past year, 40% of Americans skipped recommended medical tests or treatments and 44% avoided visiting a doctor when they were ill due to cost concerns. The February survey of 1,300 American adults was conducted by NORC, a research institute at the University of Chicago, and the West Health Institute. Results also showed that more Americans have a greater fear of medical costs than of the illness itself. Of those who skipped recommended medical treatments or tests, 60% reported fearing the cost of care.


State Of The Trade And Transportation Town Hall Tomorrow

The California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), Center for International Trade & Transportation (CITT) is hosting its 2018 State of the Trade and Transportation Industry Town Hall meeting tomorrow, 6 p.m., in the Gerald Daniel Recital Hall, 6200 Atherton St. The meeting will include a panel discussion on benefits and costs of the update to the Clean Air Action Plan. Also during the event, the 2018 Domenick Miretti Award will be presented to Marianne Venieris Gastelum, former director of CITT. Click here to RSVP.


City Auditor To Receive National Award For BID Audit

Long Beach City Auditor Laura Doud’s office is slated to receive a national award from the Association of Local Government Auditors (ALGA) for its audit of business improvement district (BID) oversight. The audit report identified the need for improved oversight of the city’s BID program by clarifying reporting requirements, enhancing communication and information sharing, and improving the processes for BID fee assessments. The 2017 Distinguished Knighton Award will be awarded to Doud’s office at ALGA’s annual conference on May 7 in Colorado Springs.


Upcoming Art Exhibit Open To Local Artists

An upcoming exhibit at MADE by Millworks in Downtown Long Beach (240 Pine Ave.) will give local artists the opportunity to display their work. Anyone residing within 20 miles of Long Beach can bring in one original artwork for display. Submissions are accepted from April 4 to 27. The exhibit, entitled My Art Show, takes place on April 28, from 6 to 9 p.m. For more information, contact Terri Henry at