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Predicting Future of Ratings in Health Care

Predicting Future of Ratings in Health Care

As a reforming health system evolves in California and the rest of the nation, getting reliable, up-to-date comparisons of services and service providers will become increasingly important for everyone involved – consumers, purchasers, providers and insurers. The ratings landscape is growing. Nationally, there are Medicare report cards [...]

California Officials Want Transparency In Health Care Pricing

California Officials Want Transparency In Health Care Pricing

People like to research prices before they make a big purchase – and that goes for everything from cars to surgery. At least, that’s what Democratic Assemblymember Roger Hernandez says. He says his bill would create a website that lists costs of medical procedures, so that consumers can find the best deal. The website would display the amount [...]

Brokers Frustrated in Their Efforts to Help Clients Navigate ACA Site

Brokers Frustrated in Their Efforts to Help Clients Navigate ACA Site

When insurance agent Kelly Fristoe spent 30 minutes helping a client pick a mid-level health plan and the federal marketplace website froze, he called the government's hotline and tried to finish the application but the operator refused to credit Fristoe as an agent on the application, meaning he wouldn't get the commission or be listed as the [...]

CSUN: One of 30 Best for Financial Planning in Nation

CSUN: One of 30 Best for Financial Planning in Nation

California State University, Northridge, was named by Financial Planning magazine as one of the “30 great schools for financial planning” in the nation, according to a CSUN news release. "Magazine officials said the schools were chosen based on numerous interviews with planning industry leaders and educators. The list appears in the [...]

ObamaCare, an Insurance Agent’s View

ObamaCare, an Insurance Agent’s View

Never in the history of people talking about "Things They Know Nothing About" have we had so many people saying so much about something they know so little. Of course we are talking ObamaCare.  The most astonishing thing to me and others in the health insurance business is that the people behind this plan clearly know little about insurance, and [...]

Molina Healthcare Seeks Bigger Share of Covered California

Molina Healthcare Seeks Bigger Share of Covered California

After a slow start, Molina Healthcare Inc. is looking for bigger enrollment in California's health insurance exchange in the next three months. The publicly traded company based in Long Beach had only 521 enrollees in the Covered California exchange, or less than 1% market share, through Nov. 30. Molina has traditionally served patients enrolled [...]

Insurance Agents Share Mixed Opinions on Obamacare as Deadline Passes

Insurance Agents Share Mixed Opinions on Obamacare as Deadline Passes

Insurance agents scrambled to help Californians sign up for new government-mandated healthcare programs Monday, the official deadline to sign up under the Affordable Care Act. Although the national deadline was extended for those signing up on healthcare.gov until Tuesday night, Californians did not get such an extension. This is because [...]

Anthem Blue Cross Leads California Exchange Enrollment Two Months In

Anthem Blue Cross Leads California Exchange Enrollment Two Months In

Amid rising enrollment for healthcare insurance in California, industry giant Anthem Blue Cross has seized the early lead with a 30% share of the state's exchange market. Two major rivals, Blue Shield of California and Kaiser Permanente, aren't far behind in newly released state figures. Overall, the Covered California exchange said 156,143 [...]

Covered California Aggressively Targets LGBT Community

Covered California Aggressively Targets LGBT Community

Covered California are working hard to spread the word, especially to communities that have been traditionally underserved by the health care system. Covered California has partnered with well-known LGBT community organizations such as local LGBT community centers, and the Transgender Law Project. Working with Covered California, these [...]

To Curb Costs, New Health Plans Trim Care Choices

To Curb Costs, New Health Plans Trim Care Choices

The trend of narrowing provider networks predates the Affordable Care Act but has been speeding up under the law. And not just for individual policyholders; it's been happening for people who get insurance through work as well.When Diane Shore got a letter that her health policy would be canceled, the small premium increase for the new plan didn't [...]

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