LA Times: Number of Americans without health insurance reaches new low

The level is at its lowest since before President Obama took office, says a Gallup survey that indicates 8 million people have gained coverage since September. In Commerce on March 31, people wait to complete paperwork to beat the deadline to acquire healthcare coverage through the Affordable Care Act. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times / March 31, 2014) … Continue reading

LA Times: Report criticizes California health plans for treatment of chronic ailments

State report finds easy access to services and care for chronic diseases fall short.   Kaiser Permanente was the only HMO statewide to earn a top four-star rating for providing recommended care based on national guidelines. Above, a Kaiser Permanente hospital in Fresno. (Carlos Chavez, Los Angeles Times / July 30, 2007) By Chad TerhuneMost California health plans make … Continue reading

The Sacramento Bee: Covered California offering ratings to most health insurance plans

Most health insurance plans offered on the state exchange will now feature quality ratings, giving consumers a better idea about their past performance. Covered California, the state exchange, announced Tuesday that it recently incorporated the quality-rating system in its website, with marks ranging from four stars for the highest performers down to one star for the lowest. … Continue reading

ProPublica: Consumers With Canceled Insurance Plans Shifted to New Ones Without Their Permission

by Charles Ornstein ProPublica The Anthem Blue Cross headquarters in Woodland Hills, Calif. Pharmacist Kevin Kingma says the insurer rolled him into a new plan and deducted money from his bank account without his approval, a problem hundreds of consumers say they’re having. (David McNew/Getty Images) When California pharmacist Kevin Kingma received a letter last fall … Continue reading

The Sacramento Bee: Obama meets with health insurance CEOs

By JULIE PACEAP White House Correspondent Published: Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 – 5:18 am Last Modified: Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013 – 3:16 pm WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says he brought health insurance CEOs to the White House to brainstorm ways to make sure Americans know what their coverage options are under the law. Obama made no … Continue reading

The Sacramento Bee: Slow national start for new health insurance choices

By Christopher Cadelago and Tony Pugh In a universally sluggish start, just over 100,000 people nationwide selected health insuranceplans through new exchanges in the first month of open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act. But even as critics seized on low enrollment, California’s health insurance marketplace highlighted a surge of more recent activity as evidence that the … Continue reading

LA Times: Lack of enrollment workers hampers insurance exchange sign-ups

Delays in training enrollment counselors and insurance agents are damping health policy sales. Covered California says it’s moving swiftly to address shortcomings. Helena Ruffin, a health insurance agent in Venice, put Covered California’s logo on her car to promote the exchange. Ruffin said she can’t get her agent log-in to work for the state’s enrollment … Continue reading

California Healthline: Opening Month Numbers Indicate Intense Interest in Calif. Exchange

by David Gorn  Covered California yesterday released its total number of calls and Internet inquiries for the first four weeks of the opening enrollment period for the state’s health benefit exchange. The numbers were impressive. Open enrollment began Oct. 1 at Covered California. According to figures released yesterday: The exchange had 2,154,572 “unique visits” on its website. … Continue reading

LA Times: Nearly 700,000 applications completed at healthcare.gov, officials say

By Kathleen Hennessey WASHINGTON — Nearly 700,000 applications for health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act have been completed, administration officials said Thursday, although they would not release data on how many people successfully enrolled in insurance plans despite problems with the online marketplace. The updated figure comes as administration officials tried to respond to complaints … Continue reading

NY Times: Out of Network, Not by Choice, and Facing Huge Health Bills

Donna Alberico for The New York Times Sienna D’Andrea was treated by out-of-network doctors. By TARA SIEGEL BERNARD   Once the cardiologist figured out why Raquel and Michael D’Andrea’s 9-week-old daughter was so frail and unable to eat, he immediately sent her to the hospital for heart surgery.  Donna Alberico for The New York Times Sienna … Continue reading

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