Healthcare Reform Law Could Overwhelm Addiction Services

It has been six decades since doctors concluded that addiction was a disease that could be treated, but today the condition still dwells on the fringes of the medical community. Only ... Continue Reading →

Why Clients Should Care About Employees’ Retirement Plans

The fact that defined benefit plans have become increasingly rare does not mean that company retirement plans are less important to employees. In decades past, workers built retirement ... Continue Reading →

Covered California Gives $50M Small Employer Contract to Pinnacle

Covered California has awarded a three-year, $50 million contract to Irvine-based Pinnacle Claims Management Inc. to administer the state’s new small employer health insurance program. The ... Continue Reading →

High-Deductible Plans Do Not Promote Cheaper Health Care

Patients with consumer-directed health plans which have low premiums and high deductibles paid roughly the same amount for care as individuals with traditional health plans, according ... Continue Reading →

Insurers Cry Foul as State Official Hires Foe

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones lashed out Tuesday at another double-digit rate hike for thousands of small businesses getting their health insurance from industry giant ... Continue Reading →

Lack of Dental a Factor in Grades, Attendance in Schools

Dental disease is at “epidemic” levels among California children, according to the U.S. Surgeon General, and low-income children are disproportionately affected. They are ... Continue Reading →

Study Predicts 30% Premium Increase Under Affordable Care Act

A study released Thursday by Covered California, the state’s health insurance exchange, provides the first detailed look at the factors that will affect premium prices for the ... Continue Reading →

State Issues Ratings for Health Plans & Physician Groups

Kaiser Permanente was the only HMO to earn a top four-star rating for providing recommended care on California’s annual report card, while Cigna and UnitedHealthcare led the ... Continue Reading →

How Amnesty For the Undocumented Would Impact Health Care

A road to citizenship for people who entered the country illegally seems more assured by the day, but what is less clear is how the healthcare landscape of California, and the nation, ... Continue Reading →

Democrats, Brown at Odds Over Healthcare Act

As Democratic lawmakers speed to implement President Obama’s healthcare overhaul in California, they are finding themselves at odds with the leader of their own party: Gov. Jerry ... Continue Reading →