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

LA Care: Draft Three-Way Contract Released to Health Plans

Once finalized, most plans will have until December 13 to accept the terms and execute the contract. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in partnership with California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) released the draft three-way contract to the Cal MediConnect health plans on November 6.  L.A. Care and other participating Cal … Continue reading

NY Times: Choice of Health Plans to Vary Sharply From State to State

By REED ABELSON Published: June 16, 2013 When a typical 40-year-old uninsured woman in Maine goes to the new state exchange to buy health insurance this fall, she may have just two companies to choose from: the one that already sells most individual policies in the state, and a complete unknown — a nonprofit start-up. Her … Continue reading

LA Times: California picks 13 health plans for state-run insurance market

By Chad TerhuneMay 23, 2013, 9:36 a.m.   After weeks of negotiations, California said it has selected 13 health plans for a new state-run insurance marketplace where as many as 5 million people will shop for coverage next year. Officials at Covered California, the state agency implementing the federal Affordable Care Act, said Thursday that the winning … Continue reading

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