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Last Chance for Obamacare Ends Tuesday for Most Californians

Last Chance for Obamacare Ends Tuesday for Most Californians

After many deadline extensions and grace periods, Tuesday will mark the end of the first open enrollment for Obamacare in California. California's health insurance exchange is encouraging thousands of people who have started an application to finish before midnight Tuesday. March 31 was originally the sign-up deadline. But the enrollment website [...]

California Continues to Lead U.S. in Health Enrollments

California Continues to Lead U.S. in Health Enrollments

California's numbers continue to lead the nation in health insurance enrollment; its exchange added 389,498 from late November through Dec. 28 to reach a total of 498,794. Another 460,000 are getting signed up for MediCal, the state's health program for the low-income. The surge in December enrollments reflected the procrastination by many [...]

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 [...]

Covered California Turns to Agents with Backlog

Covered California Turns to Agents with Backlog

Covered California has turned to local insurance agents for help as it struggles to process a backlog of 25,000 paper applications for individual health insurance. Last week, state officials asked insurance agents who had already mailed or faxed applications to go back and upload the information directly onto the health exchange [...]

Some Greet Canceled Health Plans With Smiles

Some Greet Canceled Health Plans With Smiles

Canceled health plans have sparked a political firestorm as people realized President Obama's promise — "If you like your plan, you can keep it" — didn't apply to everyone.  Some Californians are finding that having their plans canceled allows them to sign up for better coverage. Starting Jan. 1, the federal health law will prohibit [...]

Anthem Blue Cross Extends Some Canceled Policies

Anthem Blue Cross Extends Some Canceled Policies

Because it sent termination notices later than California rules allow, Anthem Blue Cross is extending 104,000 canceled policies through February. California's largest for-profit insurer is offering more time to a small portion of its canceled policyholders because the insurance giant didn't send termination notices in time under state [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Medi-Cal Cut Starts Next Month, State Says

Medi-Cal Cut Starts Next Month, State Says

A controversial cut to the California's healthcare program for the poor will begin next month, according to a bulletin distributed by state officials. Doctors and other healthcare providers who serve Medi-Cal patients will be reimbursed 10% less once the changes are fully phased in by next January. The first people to feel the pain will be [...]

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 [...]

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