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News Story
12/9/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The drum beat pulses as loud as a heavy-metal band. The chiropractor who expects her premiums to rise, the 60s-something company manager who has to pay for maternity coverage, the Simi Valley contractor and many others who make at least $46,000 a year - they all pound away at the same rhythm. They say the middle class is once again getting...
News Story
12/8/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Some Lower-Cost Plans Carry Steep Deductibles, Posing Financial Challenge As enrollment picks up on the HealthCare.gov website, many people with modest incomes are encountering a troubling element of the federal health law: deductibles so steep they may not be able to afford the portion of medical expenses that insurance doesn't...
News Story
12/2/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
WASHINGTON — The White House is offering more money to insurance companies as an incentive for them to let people keep insurance policies that were to have been canceled next year. The administration floated several proposals on Monday to “help offset the loss in premium revenue and profit” that it said might occur if insurers...
News Story
11/27/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
CMS insurance chief Gary Cohen told stakeholders in a Thursday memo that in order to satisfy the administration's transitional policy on reinstating non-ACA compliant plans in 2014, insurers must inform consumers of their purchasing options using the exact language developed or approved by the agency, or CMS-approved state versions. Meanwhile...
News Story
11/26/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
During a meeting last week, officials at Covered California, the state’s much-touted health insurance marketplace, made a pretty stark admission: Half of the approximately 1 million consumers whose health plans are being canceled will pay more under the Affordable Care Act. The numbers, it seems, have been overshadowed by other...
News Story
11/22/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Wow, Jamie Court of Consumer Watchdog is unleashing a severe volley against Covered California, saying the state Obamacare system's new data show that nearly one-half million Californians are being cancelled and will be forced to buy more expensive insurance. But the political appointees who run Covered California's board (more on that...
News Story
11/22/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Steve Goldsberry said he knows what California's decision not to allow canceled health insurance policies to be extended will cost him. "Six grand a year," said the Simi Valley general contractor who believes he may end up paying $500 more a month because his current policy doesn't meet the Affordable Care Act's standards....
News Release
11/21/2013
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – Leaders of California's health insurance marketplace today voted to block a reprieve on health insurance cancellations proposed by President Obama last week and to allow health insurance companies to hike rates on 50% of cancelled Californians. The move shows the need for regulation of health insurance prices in...
News Story
11/21/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
(11-21) 15:46 PST SACRAMENTO -- Covered California, the state's health exchange, on Thursday rejected President Obama's request to let insurers extend their current health policies, a decision that affects about 1 million Californians who have coverage that doesn't comply with the requirements of the federal health law. The...
News Story
11/21/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO -- It's all systems go for the federal health care law, at least in California, after the state on Thursday spurned President Barack Obama's directive that would allow millions of Americans to extend their current health insurance policies through 2014. The five-member board of Covered California, the state's health...