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Bumpy Start for New Obamacare Insurance Markets

Bumpy Start for New Obamacare Insurance Markets

The online insurance marketplaces created by President Obama’s healthcare law got off to a bumpy start Tuesday as some consumers were kicked off web portals and several states reported glitches that slowed enrollment on the first day Americans were supposed to be able to sign up for coverage. The website for accessing federally run [...]

What Obamacare Will Mean for Retirees

What Obamacare Will Mean for Retirees

Starting on Oct. 15th, seniors can shop for prescription drug or Medicare Advantage managed-care plans in online exchanges that let them compare features and prices. Wait a minute, you're thinking - online health insurance exchanges? Isn't that the Obamacare insurance market launch on Oct. 1st? No, these Medicare exchanges are completely [...]

States See No Rush to Buy Health Insurance Next Week

States See No Rush to Buy Health Insurance Next Week

Next Tuesday marks the first time uninsured people can buy health insurance using new online marketplaces under the health-care law, but state officials don’t expect many buyers next week. “We really anticipate very few people going through the enrollment process in October,” said Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, the [...]

Variable Annuities Transforming Investor Communications

Variable Annuities Transforming Investor Communications

The number of variable annuity (VA) investment options has increased significantly over the last several years, attracting interest from a new generation of investors. Current approaches to VA compliance communications have posed challenges for both advisors distributing the product and investors trying to better understand their investments. [...]

Insurers Limiting Doctors, Hospitals in New Health Market

Insurers Limiting Doctors, Hospitals in New Health Market

Insurers in California's new health insurance exchange are holding down premiums by limiting choices, raising concerns that patients will struggle to get care. Diminished medical networks are fueling growing concerns that many patients will still struggle to get care despite the nation's biggest healthcare expansion in half a century. Consumers [...]

California Lawmakers Pass Prescription Drug Reform Bills

California Lawmakers Pass Prescription Drug Reform Bills

Senate Bill 809 would shore up California's prescription drug monitoring program, which was gutted during the state's fiscal crisis. The program, known as CURES, is viewed by experts and public health authorities as key to stemming the epidemic of overdose deaths. Under the program, pharmacists are required to report to the state attorney general [...]

Exchange Ramps Up as Deadline Nears

Exchange Ramps Up as Deadline Nears

Insurance coverage begins Jan. 1, 2014, at the Covered California exchange, but the effort to sign people up for that coverage launches three months before that, on Oct. 1.  It's a little like putting on Thanksgiving dinner ... on a really large scale. There are dozens of dishes, each one complex and difficult. Some dishes take less time, some [...]

California Unveils Ad Campaign for New Health Market

California Unveils Ad Campaign for New Health Market

California lifted the curtain Thursday on its advertising for a new health insurance marketplace opening this fall as part of the federal health law. Covered California, the state agency implementing the Affordable Care Act, said these initial TV ads will begin airing next week in a handful of test markets: San Diego, Sacramento, Chico and [...]

Few Californians Informed About Healthcare Overhaul Poll Shows

Few Californians Informed About Healthcare Overhaul Poll Shows

Peter Lee, Covered California's Executive Director A large majority of California voters know very little or nothing at all about the state's new health insurance marketplace less than six weeks before enrollment starts, according to a new poll. The Field Poll found that just 25% of California voters under 65 said they've heard a lot or some [...]

Health Insurance Ratings to be Dropped from State Website

Health Insurance Ratings to be Dropped from State Website

Californians shopping for health insurance in a new state-run market this fall may not see quality ratings for those health plans alongside the monthly price. To the dismay of consumer groups, state officials are dropping plans to post those insurance company ratings in their online enrollment system, which opens Oct. 1 under the federal [...]

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