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Issa Takes Aim at Federal Security Protocols

Issa Takes Aim at Federal Security Protocols

California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa continued his probe into possible security failures accompanying the flawed Oct. 1 launch of HealthCare.gov – this time behind the closed doors of a hearing held in executive session to prevent potentially sensitive documents from being released to the public. The Jan. 28 hearing was a departure from the [...]

Senator Proposes Health Coverage for All Immigrants

Senator Proposes Health Coverage for All Immigrants

The head of the California Legislative Latino Caucus proposed Friday that immigrants in the country illegally be allowed to get healthcare coverage through the state’s exchange known as Covered California. State Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) said that if the goal is to provide healthcare coverage to all uninsured, then immigration status [...]

Obamacare is Like….(pick a metaphor)

Obamacare is Like….(pick a metaphor)

Each broker has his or her own metaphor for how the Affordable Care Act rollout has affected them. "Imagine if you were a CPA," says Craig Gussin of San Diego, "and the government announced that everybody could get their taxes done for free."  He doesn’t mean that he’s working for free.  Just that he’s THAT busy. People see him as a [...]

Obamacare Even More Confusing After Exchange Operator Rejects Change

Obamacare Even More Confusing After Exchange Operator Rejects Change

The Rubik's Cube that is healthcare reform might have become even more puzzling for some people Thursday after the operator of California's online insurance exchange rejected President Obama's call for extending the life of canceled policies. Covered California said it'll stick with its Dec. 31 deadline. All plans that don't comply with the [...]

Health Coverage Costs Less in LA than SF

Health Coverage Costs Less in LA than SF

Today, I'll answer questions from readers about why health insurance premiums are so much higher in Northern than Southern California and donating money to charity from an individual retirement account. But first this news: Covered California, the state's health care exchange, will shut down temporarily starting at 8 p.m. Saturday to bring a [...]

Obama Advisor Draws Fire for Jab at UnitedHealthcare

Obama Advisor Draws Fire for Jab at UnitedHealthcare

Dan Pfeiffer is now getting slammed for pushing back against a cancer patient’s claims about Obamacare by posting a link to story blaming the insurer.  President Obama's top adviser Dan Pfeiffer has taken aim at the heartfelt op-ed penned by a terminal cancer patient about the disastrous impact of Obamacare on her treatment. Pfeiffer tweeted [...]

What Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Did Right

What Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Did Right

The Obamacare rollout in California has been bumpy, but it's running much more smoothly here than in most of America. And for that, we can thank former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.  Gov. Jerry Brown deserves kudos, too. But it was Schwarzenegger who leapt in and became the nation's first governor to embrace the federal Affordable Care Act and [...]

Covered California Decides To Allow Quality Ratings Next Year

Covered California Decides To Allow Quality Ratings Next Year

Three large insurers have sent a letter to the board criticizing the decision to delay posting quality ratings for health plans participating in the state health insurance exchange. The letter was sent by: Kaiser Permanente; Sharp Health Plan; and Western Health Advantage. The insurers wrote that "there has never been a compelling reason to [...]

Health Net Overhauls Preparing for Obamacare

Health Net Overhauls Preparing for Obamacare

Health Net Inc. sees a big opportunity in Obamacare. Although some insurers have taken a cautious approach to the Affordable Care Act, the Woodland Hills managed care company is actively seeking to cover thousands of previously uninsured people under the new healthcare system. Health Net, which focuses on low-cost medical coverage for low- to [...]

CA Republicans Put Politics Aside for Health Insurance Marketplace Education

CA Republicans Put Politics Aside for Health Insurance Marketplace Education

As congressional Republicans stand resolute against the 3-year-old heath care reform amid a government shutdown, California Republican legislators — even those who oppose the law — are marking its launch by setting aside politics at a series of meetings designed to dispel constituent confusion. The events differ dramatically from the raucous [...]

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