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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 [...]

Medi-Cal Enrollment Up as Private Coverage Declines

Medi-Cal Enrollment Up as Private Coverage Declines

More California residents have enrolled in Medi-Cal and other public health insurance programs in recent years, while the number of individuals with private insurance has decreased, according to a report by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. Medi-Cal is California's Medicaid program. According to researchers, the recession that began [...]

Tech Experts Join to Fix Healthcare.gov Site

Tech Experts Join to Fix Healthcare.gov Site

Experts from Google and other prominent tech companies are joining a so-called tech surge to fix the struggling HealthCare.gov website. The agency overseeing the Obamacare site announced the additions Thursday, after the site had crashed for over 36 hours. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said the surge includes "dozens" of people [...]

Covered California’s Executive Director Faces Fiery Test

Covered California’s Executive Director Faces Fiery Test

His grandfather helped start the Palo Alto Medical Clinic in 1930, when the idea of a physicians' group was so revolutionary that critics called it anti-competitive, even "communist." And decades later, the Johnson administration recruited his uncle to help roll out Medicare, prompting new attacks from fellow doctors opposed to any slide into [...]

Healthcare Providers Criticize Covered California Over Quality Ratings

Healthcare Providers Criticize Covered California Over Quality Ratings

Health providers are criticizing Covered California for not posting quality ratings about specific insurance plans. "We score very high in those quality metrics across the board," Western Health Exchange spokesperson Rick Heron said. Heron said the ratings - which score physician and hospital services and overall customer satisfaction [...]

Keeping Old Health Policy Isn’t an Option For Thousands

Keeping Old Health Policy Isn’t an Option For Thousands

Health insurance companies are sending notices of cancellation to hundreds of thousands of people who buy their own coverage, frustrating some consumers who want to keep what they have and forcing others to buy more expensive policies. Insurers say the cancellations are necessary because the policies fall short of what the Affordable Care Act [...]

CA Insurance Exchange Reports 94,500 Application Starts

CA Insurance Exchange Reports 94,500 Application Starts

After two weeks of open enrollment, Californians have started nearly 95,000 applications for health insurance through the state's new exchange. Covered California, the state marketplace, announced the latest figures Tuesday and it said consumer interest in the federal healthcare law remains strong. State officials had previously reported [...]

California Trains Helpers To Meet Demand For Health Insurance

California Trains Helpers To Meet Demand For Health Insurance

The California health exchange has focused on drumming up interest in coverage during the first month of operation. Certified enrollment counselors can barely keep up with the requests for assistance that are rolling in. SEIU is using some of the money to call people in their homes at night and on the weekend. "Over 4,000 (people) have said tell [...]

Covered California Gets 1 Million Visitors–16,311 House Holds Sign Up

Covered California Gets 1 Million Visitors–16,311 House Holds Sign Up

Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee reported that 16,311 households had completed applications for health insurance, while 27,305 others had established accounts and partially completed their applications. More than 978,000 individuals had visited the coveredca.com website, spending time and researching their options, while 59,000 [...]

Shopping for Insurance Outside of Covered California

Shopping for Insurance Outside of Covered California

For the roughly two million Californians who currently buy health insurance on their own, only about a third will qualify for government tax subsidies through Covered California. And without that subsidy to offset prices, there’s little incentive for people to buy on the state exchange. Many people who earn too much to expect government help [...]

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