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Number of Americans Without Health Insurance Reaches New Low

Number of Americans Without Health Insurance Reaches New Low

The share of Americans without health insurance has dropped to the lowest level since before President Obama took office, according to a new national survey that provides more evidence the healthcare law is extending coverage to millions of the previously uninsured. Just 14.7% of adults lacked coverage in the second half of March, down from [...]

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 Braces for Deadline

Covered California Braces for Deadline

California's health insurance exchange was scrambling to help consumers before the deadline hit to enroll for coverage that starts Jan. 1. Enrollments under the federal health law began ramping up dramatically as the Monday deadline approached, according to Covered California, which reported tens of thousands of applicants signing up daily last [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Why Medical Bills are Killing Us

Why Medical Bills are Killing Us

Why are we paying so much for healthcare? Why do we spend nearly 20% of our gross domestic product on health care, twice as much as most other developed countries, which get the same or better health outcomes? When Sean Recchi was told last March that he had non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, his wife Stephanie knew she had to get him to MD Anderson [...]

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 [...]