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California Exchange Sending Shoppers’ Names to Private Agents

California Exchange Sending Shoppers’ Names to Private Agents

The California health insurance exchange says it's been giving the names of tens of thousands of consumers to insurance agents without their permission or knowledge in an effort to hit deadlines for coverage. The consumers in question had gone online to research insurance options but didn't ask to be contacted, the Los Angeles Times reported [...]

Insurers Wade Through Their Options as States, Exchanges Ponder Enrollment Fixes

Insurers Wade Through Their Options as States, Exchanges Ponder Enrollment Fixes

State insurance regulators are continuing to issue decisions on whether to follow President Obama’s lead and allow previously cancelled health plans to see new life even though coverage does not meet Affordable Care Act (ACA) standards. The next steps for carriers will be to determine how regulatory decisions will affect their product lineup [...]

Latino Enrollment Low So Far in Covered California

Latino Enrollment Low So Far in Covered California

Latino lawmakers and health leaders in California are sounding alarms about the state insurance marketplace’s tactics for enrolling Spanish speakers and are urging changes after the recent announcement that fewer than 1,000 had signed up in the health law’s first month. “This is completely unacceptable,” said state Sen. Norma Torres, a [...]

Some Greet Canceled Health Plans With Smiles

Some Greet Canceled Health Plans With Smiles

Canceled health plans have sparked a political firestorm as people realized President Obama's promise — "If you like your plan, you can keep it" — didn't apply to everyone.  Some Californians are finding that having their plans canceled allows them to sign up for better coverage. Starting Jan. 1, the federal health law will prohibit [...]

Covered California Going Offline to Make Small Business Fixes

Covered California Going Offline to Make Small Business Fixes

Covered California will take its online enrollment portal offline this coming Friday through Monday for upgrades to its SHOP offerings. According to Covered California reps, the updated site will allow small business owners to view health insurance quotes online, as well as enroll in SHOP plans. Previously, business owners could only register and [...]

Anthem Blue Cross Extends Some Canceled Policies

Anthem Blue Cross Extends Some Canceled Policies

Because it sent termination notices later than California rules allow, Anthem Blue Cross is extending 104,000 canceled policies through February. California's largest for-profit insurer is offering more time to a small portion of its canceled policyholders because the insurance giant didn't send termination notices in time under state [...]

Obamacare on Shaky Ground in California?

Obamacare on Shaky Ground in California?

If President Obama's Affordable Care Act is on shaky ground after its disastrous website rollout, enrollment woes and dropped coverage for many Americans, California could be the epicenter of doubt. A new statewide poll finds lukewarm support for the law known as Obamacare, with 50 percent of Golden State voters favoring it and only one-third, 33 [...]

Deal Delays California’s Insurance Policy Cancellations

Deal Delays California’s Insurance Policy Cancellations

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones California's insurance commissioner announced an agreement with one of the state's major health insurance companies to delay the cancellation of more than 115,000 individual policies under the new federal health care law. The agreement with Commissioner Dave Jones will let policyholders keep their [...]

How Many People Are Losing Their Plans Under Obamacare, Really?

How Many People Are Losing Their Plans Under Obamacare, Really?

If you like your health plan, can you keep it? That question dogged health reform efforts years ago, and it's again the "question du jour," Politifact notes; the fact-checking outfit has investigated at least six related claims by prominent politicians in the past two weeks. For most Americans, the answer is simple: Yes, you can keep your plan. [...]

Producers: California Not Exchange Paradise

Producers: California Not Exchange Paradise

At first glance, the Covered California exchange enrollment system seems to be functioning better – and more transparently – than the federal exchanges' HealthCare.gov enrollment site. The California exchange site has managed to bring in about 179,000 coverage applications since enrollment opened to the public Oct. 1. But agents and brokers [...]

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