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Wal-Mart Could Transform Health Care. But Does it Want to?

Wal-Mart Could Transform Health Care. But Does it Want to?

Wal-Mart is in health care, and getting further entrenched by the year. In the past six months alone, Wal-Mart launched a major contracting initiative with half-a-dozen major hospitals, and dropped hints — since retracted — that the company is exploring new services like a health insurance exchange. To understand the company's scale and [...]

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 [...]

California Rural Health Association Closes Shop

California Rural Health Association Closes Shop

The California State Rural Health Association, a unifying voice for the state's disparate rural health care providers for almost two decades, has laid off staff and closed its Sacramento office. The 16-member board of directors hopes to keep the trade association alive and active, "but it's becoming more difficult in this environment," said Dave [...]

Exchanges Expected to Be a Big Draw For Some

Exchanges Expected to Be a Big Draw For Some

 HEALTHCARE • Exchanges Expected to Be a Big Draw For Some • The Debate Over Limited Network Pharmacies IN CALIFORNIA • Commissioner Calls Blue Shield’s Rate Increase Unreasonable NEW PRODUCTS & SERVICES • Calculator Helps Show Real Cost of Accident and Illness • Streamlining Life And Annuity Enrollment • Dental [...]

More Employers to Move Away from Managed Care

More Employers to Move Away from Managed Care

HEALTHCARE • More Employers to Move Away from Managed Care • Should the Fee-for-Service System be Scrapped? • Americans Are in the Dark About Preventive Coverage • Prescription Drug Spending Drops Proposed Rule Would Cut Red Tape LONG TERM CARE • Boomers Don’t Expect Their Children to Foot LTC Costs • Home Care Accounts For [...]

Healthcare Overhaul Could Threaten California’s Safety Net

Healthcare Overhaul Could Threaten California’s Safety Net

Millions of uninsured Californians will gain medical coverage under the national healthcare overhaul beginning in January. An estimated 3 million to 4 million Californians — about 10% of the state's population — could remain uninsured even after the healthcare overhaul law takes full effect. The burden of their care will fall to public [...]

Kaiser Tops State Health Insurance Market with 40% Share

Kaiser Tops State Health Insurance Market with 40% Share

Nonprofit healthcare giant Kaiser Permanente had a 40% share of California's $59-billion health insurance market for employers and individuals, new data show. A report issued this week by Citigroup analyst Carl McDonald compiled nationwide data on 2011 premiums and enrollment among large and small employers and individuals buying their own [...]

Legislation Proposed to Help California Launch Healthcare Overhaul

Legislation Proposed to Help California Launch Healthcare Overhaul

The California state Legislature gaveled in a special session on healthcare Monday, pushing forward with sweeping proposals to help California implement President Obama's healthcare overhaul. The measures, including a major expansion of Medi-Cal, the state's public insurance program for the poor, would cement the state's status as the nation's [...]

California Health Insurance Exchange Gets $674-million Grant

California Health Insurance Exchange Gets $674-million Grant

Federal officials awarded California's new health insurance exchange a $674-million grant, providing money for a crucial marketing campaign aimed at reaching millions of uninsured. The two-year grant announced Thursday comes as the five-member board of the exchange, called Covered California, meets in Los Angeles to discuss its plans for [...]

Health Net’s Western Region Expects Lower Enrollment For Certain Products

Health Net’s Western Region Expects Lower Enrollment For Certain Products

IN CALIFORNIA • Health Net’s Western Region Expects Lower Enrollment For Certain Products • Community Activists Demand Action Against HealthCare Partners • CDI Revokes Life Agent’s License NEW PRODUCTS • Variable Annuity Rider • Term Life EVENTS • Healthcare Webinars LONG-TERM CARE INSURANCE • Could An Actuary Have [...]

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