California Healthline: State Unveils Health Plan Report Cards

by David Gorn

On Wednesday, the state released its annual report cards that rate health plans and medical groups for consumers.

“This is a pretty big day for us,” said Beth Abbott, the new director of the Office of the Patient Advocate, which puts out the report cards. She said each year the report cards increase in usage, stature and consumer visibility.

“It’s a wonderful tool for consumers who have to make a choice about a health plan,” Abbott said.

Health officials estimate 95% of Californians getting health insurance through their employers — about 16 million people — are faced with a choice of insurers.

California HHS Secretary Diana Dooley said it’s no accident that the consumer resource is coming out in advance of the second open enrollment period for Covered California, which starts Nov. 15.

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