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Firms Line Up for California Health Insurance Marketplace

Firms Line Up for California Health Insurance Marketplace

Twelve insurance companies have signed contracts to join the state's newly created health benefit exchange, the Covered California agency announced Wednesday. The state exchange, a consumer health insurance marketplace set up under the national health care reform act, will open for business in January. It will permit consumers to easily [...]

Health Rates for CA’s Small Businesses Unveiled

Health Rates for CA’s Small Businesses Unveiled

Covered California, unveiled its portfolio of coverages including both health maintenance organizations and preferred provider networks and will be available in all parts of the state as of Jan. 1. Businesses with fewer than 50 employees can buy the insurance but are not required to do so under the new federal Affordable Care Act. Californians [...]

Californians to see Huge Campaign to Pitch Health Reforms to Uninsured

Californians to see Huge Campaign to Pitch Health Reforms to Uninsured

LOS ANGELES — California could see more than $300 million invested in television and online ads, billboards, door-to-door visits and other sales pitches to convince the uninsured to enroll in national health care coverage. The state agency guiding President Barack Obama's health overhaul, Covered California, faces a monumental task to reach [...]

Anthem Blue Cross Passes on State’s Small Businesses Market

Anthem Blue Cross Passes on State’s Small Businesses Market

Anthem, California's largest insurer for small employers is passing on California's new insurance market for small businesses, a potential setback in the state's rollout of the federal healthcare law. The company's surprising move raised concerns about the state's ability to offer competitive rates and attract businesses to its new Covered [...]

Fraud Fear Raised in California’s Health Exchange

Fraud Fear Raised in California’s Health Exchange

As California prepares to launch its health care exchange, consumer groups are worried the uninsured could fall victim to fraud, identity theft or other crimes at the hands of some of the very people who are supposed to help them enroll. The exchange, known as Covered California, recently adopted rules for a network of more than 21,000 [...]

With Aetna & United Out of CA, Who’s Moving In?

With Aetna & United Out of CA, Who’s Moving In?

Given Aetna and United's scale and operations, the two payers were perfectly suited to help absorb the rush of newly insured patients in what's likely to be a bumpy transition next year. But United and Aetna's loss may be overstated. For example, the ACA offers more protections for consumers who need to shop around if their plans stop offering [...]

Medi-Cal Must Restore Dental, Other Care to Needy

Medi-Cal Must Restore Dental, Other Care to Needy

California eliminated adult dental care, optometry, podiatry and chiropractic services for all Medi-Cal patients during a 2009 budget shortfall, saying they were optional for states under the federal Medicaid program, known as Medi-Cal in California. The Obama administration later approved California's decision, allowing it to take effect in [...]

United to Exit Individual Market in California

United to Exit Individual Market in California

The nation's largest health insurer, UnitedHealth Group Inc., is leaving California's individual health insurance market, the second major company to exit in advance of major changes under the Affordable Care Act. UnitedHealth said it had notified state regulators that it would leave the state's individual market at year-end and force about 8,000 [...]

Obamacare Provision Delayed – Employers Get Extra Year

Obamacare Provision Delayed – Employers Get Extra Year

The requirement that businesses provide their workers with health insurance or face fines - a key provision contained in President Barack Obama's sweeping health care law - will be delayed by one year, the Treasury Department said Tuesday. The delay came after business owners expressed concerns about the complexity of the reporting requirements, [...]

Obama Touts California as Health-Care Reform Model

Obama Touts California as Health-Care Reform Model

The impact of President Obama's health-care law on medical costs is hotly debated. On Friday, he argued his side, highlighting trends in California where premiums by some measures may not change much. Critics, however, say the law will push health premiums up, not down, and many Americans appear to share that worry. The debate is complicated, and [...]

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