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News Story
3/21/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
The state's largest for-profit health insurer will raise rates 8.2% on average, down from its earlier request of 10.4%, in response to pressure from state officials. Anthem Blue Cross agreed to trim its rate increases for nearly 600,000 customers in California in response to pressure from state officials, but many families still could see...
News Story
3/18/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The creation of California's stem cell agency in 2004 was greeted by scientists and patients as a turning point in a field mired in debates about the destruction of embryos and hampered by federal research restrictions. The taxpayer-funded institute wielded the extraordinary power to dole out $3 billion in bond proceeds...
News Story
3/15/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Prepared To Do Battle Against Premium Regulation California's provider and payer communities lined up this week against a proposed ballot measure for the November election that would provide the California Insurance Commissioner new powers to regulate health insurance premiums. The California Medical Association, California Hospital...
News Story
3/13/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
A coalition of insurers, doctors and hospitals opposes a proposed initiative. California's doctors, hospitals and insurance companies have launched a united campaign against a proposed ballot measure seeking tighter regulation of health insurance rates, and proponents returned fire. The proposed ballot initiative seeks to give the...
News Story
3/13/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Health care firms spent more than $35 million on lobbying in California in 2011. Click here to listen to the audio of this radio news broadcast. California -- The California secretary of state says health care lobbyists spent more than $35 million last year. The biggest health care player was Kaiser Permanente. Kaiser spent $3.5 million...
News Release
3/12/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica – Health care generated $35.7 million in lobbyist spending in 2011, more than any other industry in California, and Kaiser was the largest spender at $3.5 million, according to a California Healthline analysis of state records released today. A ballot initiative proposed by consumer advocates would prohibit insurance companies...
News Story
3/12/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
An impressive array of trade groups representing business owners, doctors, hospitals, health plans and health insurers launched a campaign Monday to oppose a health insurance rate regulation initiative proposed for the November ballot. Major funding for the effort comes from the four largest health insurers in the state: Anthem Blue Cross,...
News Story
3/12/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
One-in-5 U.S. adults say they are burdened by medical debt and half of them are unable to pay the debt at all, federal health officials said. Lead author Robin Cohen of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention'sNational Center for Health Statistics said health insurance -- public or private -- frequently determines whether families...
News Story
3/10/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO, CA -- As healthcare workers gathered outside California hospitals recently to collect signatures for two proposed ballot initiatives, they told voters the measures would rein in excessive hospital billings and expand healthcare for the poor. Unspoken in the public pitch was the fact that the measures, backed by the Service Employees...
News Release
3/8/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA --- The California Department of Insurance announced today that it has saved doctors, dentists and other medical providers $19 million on their medical malpractice insurance premiums, using the state’s prior approval rate regulation authority to reduce unjustified premiums. Yet a doctors’ group opposes the same...