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The great Medi-Cal paper waste

Remember the telephone book? That giant, multi-thousand-page behemoth that used to land on your doorstep once a year? Well, neither do we, barely. The heyday of the phone book is long gone, and yet communications with friends and businesses is easier than it’s ever been before. Can it be that California officials haven’t noticed that? […]

Health premiums to rise 5.6% on Covered California’s small business exchange

Insurance premiums for health plans on Covered California’s small business exchange will rise 5.6 percent in 2018, Covered California announced Thursday. Nearly 36,000 Californians receive health insurance through the small business exchange, where companies with 100 or fewer employees can purchase health plans for their workers. The small business exchange is not as widely used […]

If You’re Blindsided By Health Plan Changes, Learn The Root Causes — And Your Rights

How much notice is required if benefits change? Do insurers have to give you a heads up if your plan doesn’t meet the minimum coverage standard under the Affordable Care Act?  Readers’ questions this month are centered around insurance notification requirements. Q: My father’s health insurance coverage through his company was reduced without him being aware […]

Uninsured Rate Falls To A Record Low Of 8.8 Percent

Three years after the Affordable Care Act’s coverage expansion took effect, the number of Americans without health insurance fell to 28.1 million in 2016, down from 29 million in 2015, according to a federal report released Tuesday. The latest numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau showed the nation’s uninsured rate dropped to 8.8 percent. It had been […]

Federal Judge: Being Christian is No Excuse

(TruNews) A federal judge told three Christian congregations in California that they have no case in wanting to opt out of the state’s requirement that they cover abortions through their health insurance plans. U.S. District Court Judge Kimberly Mueller upheld a 2014 requirement of the California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) that all employers […]

How Single-Payer Health Care Could Trip Up Democrats

Many Democrats giddy from their recent health policy successes are starting to reach enthusiastically for a mountaintop goal: establishing a single-payer system for all Americans. But they may want to learn the lessons of their opposition. Like “repeal and replace,” “single-payer” is a broadly popular slogan that papers over intraparty disagreements and wrenching policy choices. […]

3 paths to universal health care in California

The Republican push to repeal the Affordable Care Act has had some unexpected consequences: Not only has it strengthened public support for the health law, but it has led to heightened interest in ending the U.S.’ status as the only major industrialized nation in the world without a universal health care system. That dynamic is […]

Anthem’s exit leaves thousands without health insurance choice in California

For about 60,000 Covered California customers, choosing a health plan next year will be easier, and possibly more painful, than ever: There will be only one insurer left in their communities after Anthem Blue Cross of California pulls out of much of the state’s individual market. That means they could lose doctors they trust, or […]

Open enrollment season will be here soon

The majority of group health plans, as well as individual health plans, have open enrollment in the fall. So now is the time to pay attention to your benefit options. If you are enrolled in an individual health plan in rural Northern California, you will be facing rate increases from 17 percent to 50 percent. […]
4 Ways Young Adults Can Get Health Coverage This summer

4 Ways Young Adults Can Get Health Coverage This summer

The Open Enrollment Period for Obamacare ended on March 31st. If you missed it you will not be permitted to enroll again until November 15th. But you could be granted a Special Enrollment because of  a “qualifying event”. This event could be a loss of coverage for you or your spouse and dependents because of a loss […]