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Producers: California Not Exchange Paradise

Producers: California Not Exchange Paradise

At first glance, the Covered California exchange enrollment system seems to be functioning better – and more transparently – than the federal exchanges' HealthCare.gov enrollment site. The California exchange site has managed to bring in about 179,000 coverage applications since enrollment opened to the public Oct. 1. But agents and brokers [...]

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 [...]

Covered California’s Executive Director Faces Fiery Test

Covered California’s Executive Director Faces Fiery Test

His grandfather helped start the Palo Alto Medical Clinic in 1930, when the idea of a physicians' group was so revolutionary that critics called it anti-competitive, even "communist." And decades later, the Johnson administration recruited his uncle to help roll out Medicare, prompting new attacks from fellow doctors opposed to any slide into [...]

Healthcare Providers Criticize Covered California Over Quality Ratings

Healthcare Providers Criticize Covered California Over Quality Ratings

Health providers are criticizing Covered California for not posting quality ratings about specific insurance plans. "We score very high in those quality metrics across the board," Western Health Exchange spokesperson Rick Heron said. Heron said the ratings - which score physician and hospital services and overall customer satisfaction [...]

CA Insurance Exchange Reports 94,500 Application Starts

CA Insurance Exchange Reports 94,500 Application Starts

After two weeks of open enrollment, Californians have started nearly 95,000 applications for health insurance through the state's new exchange. Covered California, the state marketplace, announced the latest figures Tuesday and it said consumer interest in the federal healthcare law remains strong. State officials had previously reported [...]

California Trains Helpers To Meet Demand For Health Insurance

California Trains Helpers To Meet Demand For Health Insurance

The California health exchange has focused on drumming up interest in coverage during the first month of operation. Certified enrollment counselors can barely keep up with the requests for assistance that are rolling in. SEIU is using some of the money to call people in their homes at night and on the weekend. "Over 4,000 (people) have said tell [...]

Shopping for Insurance Outside of Covered California

Shopping for Insurance Outside of Covered California

For the roughly two million Californians who currently buy health insurance on their own, only about a third will qualify for government tax subsidies through Covered California. And without that subsidy to offset prices, there’s little incentive for people to buy on the state exchange. Many people who earn too much to expect government help [...]

CA Health Exchange Draws Heavy Interest

CA Health Exchange Draws Heavy Interest

Thousands of Californians seeking to buy their own health insurance flooded call centers with questions and overloaded the state's online marketplace Tuesday on the first day of a new federal health care law that will dramatically change the way Americans buy health insurance. Dozens of workers at a call center in the Sacramento suburb of Rancho [...]

States See No Rush to Buy Health Insurance Next Week

States See No Rush to Buy Health Insurance Next Week

Next Tuesday marks the first time uninsured people can buy health insurance using new online marketplaces under the health-care law, but state officials don’t expect many buyers next week. “We really anticipate very few people going through the enrollment process in October,” said Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, the [...]

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