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California Receives ‘F’ for Health Care Pricing Transparency

California Receives ‘F’ for Health Care Pricing Transparency

California received a failing grade for its transparency of health care pricing. For the report card, researchers examined: Whether states had health care pricing transparency laws; and how well states implemented such laws. The report also factored in state health care pricing websites created through transparency laws, including the sites': [...]

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 [...]

Anthem to Raise Some Premiums as Much as 25%

Anthem to Raise Some Premiums as Much as 25%

Thousands of Anthem Blue Cross individual customers with older insurance policies untouched by Obamacare are getting some jarring news: Their premiums are going up as much as 25%. These increases, 16% on average, are slated to go into effect April 1 for up to 306,000 people — unless California regulators persuade the state's largest [...]

Obamacare on Shaky Ground in California?

Obamacare on Shaky Ground in California?

If President Obama's Affordable Care Act is on shaky ground after its disastrous website rollout, enrollment woes and dropped coverage for many Americans, California could be the epicenter of doubt. A new statewide poll finds lukewarm support for the law known as Obamacare, with 50 percent of Golden State voters favoring it and only one-third, 33 [...]

What to Expect from Company Health Insurance Plans in 2014

What to Expect from Company Health Insurance Plans in 2014

Obamacare may be in the spotlight, but an estimated 16 million California employees are facing healthcare decisions of their own — at work. Higher premiums, higher deductibles and smaller doctor networks are ahead. But companies also will be emphasizing worker wellness.  Like most other Americans, a majority of Californians get their [...]

California Has at Least 300K Health Policies Terminated

California Has at Least 300K Health Policies Terminated

President Barack Obama may have made a tactical error when he promised Americans that if they have health coverage they’re happy with, they don’t need to worry about losing it due to health reform. Instead, there are exceptions, some of which came to light recently when California individual policyholders were informed their plans are not [...]

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 [...]

California Unveils Ad Campaign for New Health Market

California Unveils Ad Campaign for New Health Market

California lifted the curtain Thursday on its advertising for a new health insurance marketplace opening this fall as part of the federal health law. Covered California, the state agency implementing the Affordable Care Act, said these initial TV ads will begin airing next week in a handful of test markets: San Diego, Sacramento, Chico and [...]

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 [...]

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