California Healthline: Covered California Might Delay Full Functionality of Enrollment

On Wednesday, a California health insurance exchange official told participating insurers that Covered California might delay full functionality of online enrollment when the marketplace launches on Oct. 1, the Wall Street Journal reports (Wilde Mathews, Wall Street Journal, 8/22). Background on Exchange The exchange primarily will serve individuals and small businesses. Supporters hope that the exchange will function … Continue reading

California Healthline: Exchange Accelerating Toward Deadline

by David GornFriday, August 23, 2013   TOPIC ALERT: Health Care Reform Health Insurance Click on topic to receive periodic emails. At yesterday’s meeting of the Covered California health benefit exchange board, exchange officials laid out an aggressive agenda that is seemingly coming together all at once. Highlights of the meeting included: • Announcement of Fresno facility. Exchange … Continue reading

Reuters: More than 100 insurers sign up for Obama healthcare exchanges

By David Morgan WASHINGTON | Thu May 30, 2013 5:17pm EDT (Reuters) – The White House, seeking to show early success for President Barack Obama’s health reforms, said more than 120 insurers have applied to sell plans on federally-run online marketplaces that begin offering subsidized coverage in just over four months. Based on a memo released by … Continue reading

California Healthline: Six Exchange Plans Offer Coverage Through Public Health Care Programs

Nearly half of the health plans participating in the state health insurance exchange have experience offering health plans through Medi-Cal and county plans and thus might be appealing to lower-income individuals seeking coverage through the new marketplace, Payers & Providers reports (Shinkman, Payers& Providers, 5/30). Background The exchange — named Covered California — primarily will serve individuals and … Continue reading

California Healthline: Standards Release a ‘Milestone’ for Exchange

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 19: U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius listens during a news conference December 19, 2011 at the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, DC. Sebelius announced that thirty-two health care organizations from across the country will participate in a new Accountable Care Organization (ACOs) initiative which encourage primary care doctors, specialists, hospitals and other caregivers to provide better, more coordinated care for people with Medicare and could save up to $1.1 billion over five years.

by David Gorn Covered California, the state’s health benefit exchange, yesterday released its benefit standards outlining the basis for choosing qualified health plans that will participate in the exchange. “This is another milestone for the exchange,” said Diana Dooley, secretary of the state Health and Human Services Agency. “We have a lot of hurdles to … Continue reading

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