LA Times: Obamacare doctor networks to stay limited in 2015

Blue Shield customer Heidi Shurtleff of Laguna Beach complained that neither her gynecologist nor her gastroenterologist were covered despite assurances from the company when she enrolled. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times) By CHAD TERHUNE, SANDRA POINDEXTER, DOUG SMITH  Finding a doctor who takes Obamacare coverage could be just as frustrating for Californians in 2015 … Continue reading

California Healthline: Community Health Centers Face Financial Strain From ACA Enrollees

Many individuals who enrolled in bronze exchange plans — which come with high out-of-pocket costs — have been unable to pay for care at community health centers, which is putting a strain on CHCs’ finances, Modern Healthcare reports. Background There are about 9,000 CHC facilities that offer care to about 22 million U.S. residents, according … Continue reading

NY Times: U.S. to End Coverage Under Health Care Law for Tens of Thousands

By ROBERT PEAR WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said on Monday that it planned to terminate health insurance for 115,000 people on Oct. 1 because they had failed to prove that they were United States citizens or legal immigrants eligible for coverage under the Affordable Care Act. It also told 363,000 people that they could … Continue reading

KHN: $60 Million For 34 States To Boost Obamacare Enrollment

By Phil Galewitz Two Planned Parenthood chapters, two United Way organizations, a food bank association and a Catholic hospital system are among 90 nonprofit groups that will receive a total of $60 millionto help people sign up for health insurance, the Department of Health and Human Services announced today. The money will help people in 34 states that … Continue reading

California Healthline: New ACA Rules, Forms Complicate and Confuse Medi-Cal Renewal Effort

In a California Healthline report by Kelley Weiss, experts discussed the low return rate of Medi-Cal renewal forms, and the more-complicated requirements and sometimes-confusing language of the forms. Medi-Cal is California’s Medicaid program. County workers have been struggling with the huge backlog of Medi-Cal applications, and have not yet targeted trying to reach those millions of Medi-Cal enrollees … Continue reading

Kaiser Family Foundation: Analysis of 2015 Premium Changes in the Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Marketplaces

Cynthia Cox and Larry Levitt and Gary Claxton and Rosa Ma and Robin Duddy-Tenbrunsel With the second open enrollment period of the health insurance marketplaces approaching, this analysis provides an initial look at premium changes for marketplace plans for individuals in 15 states and the District of Columbia that have publicly released comprehensive data on … Continue reading

LA Times: Kaiser cuts Obamacare rates 1.4% for 2015; Anthem hikes rates 4.6%

Kaiser Permanente, among the highest-priced health plans in 2014, is lowering its premiums for next year. Above, Kaiser seeks enrollment last fall in east L.A. (Gary Friedman/Los Angeles Times) By CHAD TERHUNE Halthcare giant Kaiser Permanente is lowering its rates for Obamacare coverage in California by 1.4% next year, according to an industry report. California’s … Continue reading

The Hill: Medicaid enrollments top 7M under O-Care

By Elise Viebeck Medicaid and CHIP sign-ups have exceeded 7 million since ObamaCare’s new coverage options opened for enrollment last October, the government reported Friday.  The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that 7.2 million people have gained health insurance through Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), both designed to serve … Continue reading

The Washington Post: Medicare finances improve partly due to ACA, hospital expenses, trustee report says

Outlook for Social Security, however, remains the same. By Amy Goldstein Medicare’s financial stability has been strengthened by the Affordable Care Act and other forces that have been subduing health-care spending,according to a new official forecast that says the fund covering the program’s hospital costs will remain solvent until 2030 — four years later than … Continue reading

LA Times: Health premiums soared, Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones says

“The rate increase from 2013 to 2014, on average, was significantly higher than rate increases in the past,” said Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, shown in 2011. (Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times) By STUART PFEIFER  The cost of health insurance for individuals skyrocketed this year in California, with some paying almost twice what they did … Continue reading

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