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The Health Insurance Public Justification and Accountability Act

News Story
7/2/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
California’s health insurance exchange, the agency responsible for administering the federal health care law, does not provide official email addresses to members of its governing board. So it became an issue last month when a consumer group requested from the exchange a long list of public records, including any communications between...
News Story
7/2/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - Californians paid a quarter of a billion dollars in health insurance premiums during a 15-month period ended last year that were deemed excessive by state regulators, a consumer group said Wednesday. Santa Monica-based Consumer Watchdog, which released the figures on Wednesday, is pushing Proposition 45, a ballot...
News Story
7/2/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Kicking off a major ballot fight this year, California lawmakers pressed the state's insurance commissioner to defend a proposal that would grant his agency sweeping new authority over health insurance rates. At a legislative hearing Wednesday, backers and opponents of the statewide ballot measure on health insurance rate regulation called...
News Story
7/2/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO — A turf war over health insurance regulation broke out in the Legislature on Wednesday, pitting the state's new health insurance-purchasing exchange against Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and other supporters of a November ballot initiative. Proposition 45 would give the insurance commissioner authority to review...
News Story
7/2/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
There's pressure on California's health insurance exchange to go public with board members' communications. But the board is using a technicality to deny the request. The group Consumer Watchdog is still trying force Covered California to release emails exchanged between the health exchange's board members and...
Video
7/2/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Policyholders who faced extreme health insurance premium hikes rallied with nurses from the California Nurses Association, Consumer Watchdog, and other citizens in the state capitol Wednesday to support Proposition 45, which requires health insurance companies to justify and get approval for rate hikes.
Video
7/2/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
State records show a million Californians shelled out more than $250 million in health insurance premiums over 15 months last year. Danielle Karson reports a proposed ballot initiative would require health insurance companies to justify rate hikes.
Article
7/2/2014
Posted by rob
“My total out of pocket expenses for medical care in the past 12 months have been staggering.” I am currently paying $1,584 per month for a grandfathered Anthem Blue Cross PPO plan. I looked at the options offered by Covered California. To my dismay, I discovered that there was not one plan that would allow me to see all the doctors...
News Story
6/30/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
California Secretary of State Debra Bowen last week announced six initiatives have qualified for the November ballot -- two of them health-related. The deadline for ballot qualification was June 26. Proponents of two other health-related measures had hoped to make the November 2014 election, but the Secretary of State's office is holding them...
News Story
6/19/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Ahead of its board meeting Thursday, Covered California officials are raising questions — literally — about a November ballot initiative that some say could destabilize the state’s health insurance marketplace. If approved by voters the Insurance Rate Public Justification and Accountability Act would give California’s...