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Lawmakers Approve Health Insurance Protections

Lawmakers Approve Health Insurance Protections

Lawmakers have sent Gov. Jerry Brown a pair of consumer protection bills that prevent health insurance companies from discriminating and overcharging customers. The legislation updates California laws to match new rules under the federal Affordable Care Act. They will give state agencies the power to enforce and regulate individual insurance [...]

Employer Health Premiums Rose 170% in California in Last Decade

Employer Health Premiums Rose 170% in California in Last Decade

Premiums for employer health insurance in California jumped 170% over the last decade, more than five times the 32% increase in the state's inflation rate. That escalation in premiums has taken a toll on employers' willingness to offer health benefits, according to an annual survey by the California HealthCare Foundation. The report found that 60% [...]

Some California Leaders Want Low-Cost Health Care for the Undocumented

Some California Leaders Want Low-Cost Health Care for the Undocumented

About a million of California's poorest undocumented immigrants would have access to basic low-cost health care under a plan being pushed at the Capitol. President Barack Obama's federal health care overhaul excludes undocumented immigrants, but some California leaders want to fill that gap by offering a safety net of primary and preventive [...]

Healthcare Reform Law Could Overwhelm Addiction Services

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 1 cent of every health care dollar in the United States goes toward addiction, and few alcoholics and drug addicts receive treatment. One huge barrier, according to [...]

Why Clients Should Care About Employees’ Retirement Plans

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 savings by paying down the mortgage balance on their home, putting money in savings bonds and building up cash values in their life insurance policies. Although it [...]

Covered California Gives $50M Small Employer Contract to Pinnacle

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 contract is supported by federal funding under the Affordable Care Act. Covered California is expected to pick up the tab with its own revenue, starting in [...]

High-Deductible Plans Do Not Promote Cheaper Health Care

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 to a study co-authored by researchers from the University of Southern California's Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics. The study – co-sponsored by [...]

Insurers Cry Foul as State Official Hires Foe

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 Anthem Blue Cross. But this time Jones got some help from a surprising source. He has quietly tapped Consumer Watchdog, his political ally and the state's most [...]

Lack of Dental a Factor in Grades, Attendance in Schools

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 12 times more likely to miss school because of dental problems than children from higher-income families, according to a 2008 report by the Healthy States Initiative, a coalition [...]

Study Predicts 30% Premium Increase Under Affordable Care Act

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 expanded and enhanced new health plan products it will be offering to individuals beginning Oct. 1 as it moves forward with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act [...]

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