By Thomas Hartman, BEST WIRE
WASHINGTON -- Advocates and opponents of California's Proposition 103 are debating whether it has helped consumers 25 years after its passage. Some say the debate is being used to sway voters who will determine whether measures similar to Proposition 103 should be applied to health insurance in the state this fall.
Passed in 1988, the proposition required a 20% cut in automobile and property...
By Alicia Caramenico, FIERCE HEALTH PAYER
Health insurance companies in California spent $13.8 million to defeat a state ballot initiative that would require them to get approval for rate hikes, according to the non-profit Consumer Watchdog Campaign.
The ballot measure would require insurers to publicly justify rate increases under the penalty of perjury, ban excessive rate hikes, allow the public to challenge unjustified rate hikes and...
By Paul Y. Song, Op-Ed Commentary - DAILY BREEZE
In my 20 years as a practicing oncologist, I have seen way too many of my vulnerable patients fall victim to our current health care system, which has become quite deleterious and very mischievous.
In 2011, there were close to 2.5 million medical-related bankruptcies in the United States. Shockingly, 75 percent of these involved patients who actually had insurance.
Since 2002, the private...
By Amy Lotven, HEALTH EXCHANGE ALERT
CMS insurance chief Gary Cohen told stakeholders in a Thursday memo that in order to satisfy the administration's transitional policy on reinstating non-ACA compliant plans in 2014, insurers must inform consumers of their purchasing options using the exact language developed or approved by the agency, or CMS-approved state versions. Meanwhile, more state regulators have made announcements on...
By Charles Ornstein, PROPUBLICA
During a meeting last week, officials at Covered California, the state’s much-touted health insurance marketplace, made a pretty stark admission: Half of the approximately 1 million consumers whose health plans are being canceled will pay more under the Affordable Care Act.
The numbers, it seems, have been overshadowed by other, more positive headlines. First, the state signed...
By Tom Kisken, VENTURA COUNTY STAR
Steve Goldsberry said he knows what California's decision not to allow canceled health insurance policies to be extended will cost him.
"Six grand a year," said the Simi Valley general contractor who believes he may end up paying $500 more a month because his current policy doesn't meet the Affordable Care Act's standards. "I had insurance that was adequate. I got to...
By Victoria Colliver, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
(11-21) 15:46 PST SACRAMENTO -- Covered California, the state's health exchange, on Thursday rejected President Obama's request to let insurers extend their current health policies, a decision that affects about 1 million Californians who have coverage that doesn't comply with the requirements of the federal health law.
The unanimous vote came at a meeting in Sacramento of...
By Tracy Seipel and Jessica Calefati, INSIDE BAY AREA
SACRAMENTO -- It's all systems go for the federal health care law, at least in California, after the state on Thursday spurned President Barack Obama's directive that would allow millions of Americans to extend their current health insurance policies through 2014.
The five-member board of Covered California, the state's health insurance exchange, voted unanimously to stay the course...
By Marc Lifsher, LOS ANGELES TIMES
A ballot teeming with health measures next November may prompt hundreds of millions of dollars in campaign spending.
SACRAMENTO — Obamacare's troubled rollout — and its more successful California start — may be dominating the news now. But wait till next year.
An election year ballot full of health issues awaits California voters next November. And the lineup could spur a...
By Lee Fang, THE NATION
As part of what advocates call the “next step” of the Affordable Care Act, California voters will consider an initiative next year that will empower regulators and consumer advocates to challenge health insurance premium rate hikes.
Though healthcare reform, better known these days as Obamacare, gives the government the ability to shine a spotlight onto insurance rates, it does not in...