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Blog Post
8/27/2015
Posted by Jamie Court
Covered California Chief Peter Lee has claimed that the state doesn’t need health insurance premium regulation because Covered California is a tough negotiator with the health plans.   A study out yesterday casts doubt on that proposition as researchers reported that Covered California health insurance plans have among the narrowest...
News Story
8/26/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Frustrated by a potentially six-month wait to obtain birth control, a Tarzana woman has launched a social media campaign against her health insurer, saying the company’s list of physicians is misleading and a referral to an out-of-network provider would mean fronting a $1,200 bill. Rosie Wiklund, 29, said Wednesday she’s received much...
News Story
8/1/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Ventura County residents buying health insurance in the Covered California marketplace will have more choices but could pay slightly more in premiums while also facing, in some instances, rising out-of-pocket costs. Since Covered California started selling insurance in late 2013, only three insurance plans sold coverage through the marketplace in...
News Story
7/31/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
MENLO PARK -- Nearly 70 percent of California's previously uninsured adults have gained health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act -- and most of them say their health care needs are being met, according to the latest survey of the Kaiser Family Foundation.     But the survey released Thursday by the Menlo Park-based...
News Release
7/27/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Consumers should review new health insurance policies closely for “hidden premiums,” including narrow provider networks, high deductibles and climbing cost-sharing that can result in major unexpected medical bills, Consumer Watchdog said today. Health insurance rates released by Covered California today...
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7/27/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumers should review new health insurance policies closely for “hidden premiums,” including narrow provider networks, high deductibles and climbing cost-sharing that can result in major unexpected medical bills, Consumer Watchdog said today. Health insurance rates released by Covered California today increased an average 4 percent...
News Story
7/25/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
In a mega-deal that alarms some health policy experts and consumer advocates worried about increasing industry consolidation and the prospect of higher premiums, health insurance giant Anthem has agreed to acquire rival Cigna for $54 billion.     The agreement announced Friday would create the health insurance industry's biggest...
News Story
7/24/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Two new health insurers are poised to join California's market for Obamacare coverage — industry giant UnitedHealth and a New York start-up named Oscar. Many consumers may welcome the new choices starting next year and the prospect that increased competition helps hold down premiums. The lack of more health plans to choose from has been...
News Story
7/6/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The California Franchise Tax Board had a lot to say about Blue Shield in its 16-page report following its audit of the third-largest health insurer in the state last year, but none of it was nice. The said audit led to Blue Shield losing its state tax exemption, the LA Times has learned. Moreover, the LA Times also reports that the said...
News Release
6/23/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Covered California has successfully lobbied the federal government to delay public disclosure of qualified health plan rate change proposals for 2016, Consumer Watchdog said today. In a letter to Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, Consumer Watchdog said that residents of every other state now have access...