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10/21/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— California may not have the hotly contested, high-profile races for U.S. Senator or governor that some other states do this year, but it’s still attracting some of the biggest campaign spending in the country. To many voters, this is kind of a sleepy campaign season, but there’s still close to $200 million...
News Story
10/10/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Editorial: Prop. 45: Health Insurance. Allows state’s insurance commissioner to reject health insurance price changes. Requires insurance commissioner’s approval before health insurer can change its rates or anything else affecting the charges associated with health insurance. Provides for public notice, disclosure, and hearing, and...
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10/7/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
From the rhetoric Gov. Jerry Brown employed on it, you'd think a law he signed early this fall would clean up the initiative process for all time. Not exactly, for like the so-called groundwater fix he signed earlier, this one also leaves untouched the chief flaws of the process it's supposed to fix. Yes, the law known as Senate Bill 1253...
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9/10/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
"It's going to end up hurting Californians," a lawyer warned last month, during a Covered California board meeting. "It will damage health care reform, perhaps permanently, perhaps fatally, in California and I think perhaps nationally." Was Kennedy talking about the Halbig lawsuit, which threatens the legality of Obamacare...
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9/9/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Californians passed Proposition 103 in 1987, regulating auto insurance rates and saving drivers tens of billions of dollars over 25 years. California's drivers have enjoyed some of the lowest auto insurance rates in the nation because of this law.     Proposition 45 gives voters the opportunity to accomplish the same goal for...
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9/4/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Opponents of a ballot initiative that would give the state government regulatory authority over health insurance premium rates are spending nearly $38 million on efforts to defeat the measure, the Center for Public Integrity reports (Potter, Center for Public Integrity, 9/2). The measure will appear on the state's Nov. 4 ballot (Overland,...
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9/2/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
For the next two months, Californians will to be subjected to a barrage of TV, radio and online ads, which, ironically, they unknowingly will be paying for with their health insurance premiums. The ads are a part of a multipronged, multimillion-dollar campaign -- developed by public relations, advertising firms and political consultants for the...
News Story
8/29/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Californians passed Proposition 103 in 1987, regulating auto insurance rates and saving drivers tens of billions of dollars over 25 years. California's drivers have enjoyed some of the lowest auto insurance rates in the nation because of this law.   Proposition 45 gives voters the opportunity to accomplish the same goal for health...
News Story
8/1/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
-Negotiations with healthcare providers yield a modest 4.2% increase in Covered California rates for 2015 - We have changed the trend in healthcare costs,' says Covered California head -2015 Obamacare rates for Californians will rise 4.2% on average Defying an industry trend of double-digit rate hikes, California officials said the more than 1...
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8/1/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
On Thursday, Covered California officials announced that the average premium for health plans offered on the exchange will increase an average of 4.2% for the coming year, the Sacramento Bee reports (Cadelago, Sacramento Bee, 7/31). Covered California is the state's health insurance exchange, created under the Affordable Care Act. The rates...