UT-San Diego: Covered CA: 98K face losing coverage

Exchange says nearly 100,000 have not yet proven immigration status By Paul Sisson Literature about the Covered California health insurance exchange. / photo by Nelvin C. Cepeda * U-T  About 98,000 California families must verify their immigration status by Sept. 30 or lose their health coverage, the state’s insurance exchange announced Thursday. In a statement, … Continue reading

Sacramento Business Journal: Pressure mounts for Covered California health plans to add doctors

Kathy Robertson Rates are one big issue for consumers who shop through Covered California. The other is whether there are enough doctors to treat everybody who signed up. Last week, Covered California announced a lower-than-expected proposed averagerate increases of 4.2 percent for 2015 — a move heralded by insurance brokers, consumer advocates and others. Now … Continue reading

The Sacramento Bee: Californians report roadblocks in new era of health care

By Christopher Cadelago John Aiello was thumbing through the directory of physicians provided by his insurance company when he came upon a surgeon with a familiar name. Could this be the specialist who treated his ailing father years ago in San Francisco? “I know the doctors there very well,” said Aiello, 50, a writer who lives in Mount … Continue reading

SF Business Times: Covered California plans to award $16.9 million in “Navigator” grants

Chris Rauber Covered California, the state’s Obamacare exchange, plans to award $16.9 million in grants to educate consumers about its Navigator program, “the next phase in the agency’s outreach, education and enrollment efforts.” That next phase comes after some critics took issue with earlier outreach and enrollment procedures. The exchange, run by Executive DirectorPeter Lee, … Continue reading

Sacramento Business Journal: Report: Covered California’s big enrollment masks problems

Kathy Robertson California’s health insurance exchange to move to a new navigator system Covered California deserves credit for strong enrollment in its first year, but must fix serious deficiencies in its outreach and enrollment efforts, a new study finds. Enrollment lagged for Californians with limited English proficiency. There were cultural and linguistic problems. Funding was inadequate, given … Continue reading

The California Report: Covered California Questions Health Insurance Initiative

 By Lisa Aliferis Ahead of its board meeting Thursday, Covered California officials are raising questions — literally — about a November ballot initiative that some say could destabilize the state’s health insurance marketplace. If approved by voters the Insurance Rate Public Justification and Accountability Act would give California’s insurance commissioner the authority to reject excessive health insurance premium increases. While … Continue reading

California Health Report: What Covered California Failed to Track

By Hannah Guzik California should have done a better job collecting and releasing data on those who signed up for health insurance on the state’s open marketplace, advocates for minorities say. The exchange, run by Covered California, failed to ask enrollees about their gender identity and sexual orientation, and buried questions about race, ethnicity and … Continue reading

California Healthline: They Annoy Patients. They Scare Docs. But Narrow Networks Might Be a Good Thing.

by Dan Diamond, California Healthline Contributing Editor Is it better to confuse patients — or lower their bills? Narrow networks seem to be doing both. The model, under which insurers use quality and cost metrics to limit the number of health care providers participating in a given plan, isn’t new. But narrow networks have been in … Continue reading

California Healthline: L.A. County’s Remaining Uninsured Bound for a Medical Home

by Stephanie Stephens, California Healthline Regional Correspondent Image from Shutterstock LOS ANGELES – Even with more than three million Californians newly enrolled in health insurance through Covered California and the expanded Medi-Cal program, the number of people in Los Angeles County who will remain uninsured could be as high as 1.2 million. Medi-Cal is California’s … Continue reading

California Healthline: Panel OKs Bill To Cover Undocumented

by David Gorn The Senate Committee on Health yesterday approved a measure designed to provide preventive health care coverage to roughly one million undocumented Californians. SB 1005 by Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) would create the California Health Exchange Program for All Californians, which would be overseen by Covered California. The federally funded exchange is not allowed … Continue reading

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