Health insurance in some parts of California may be on the rise

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Bay Area residents may experience hikes in their premiums for their coverage next year. Consumers living in the Bay Area could potentially experience increases to their health insurance premiums, say some industry experts, if new proposals are all to pass by lawmakers in the state. The federal healthcare law is currently being interpreted by lawmakers and could lead to some added cost. Though some have predicted that there could be health insurance rate increases by as much as 20 percent, others don’t believe that the increases will be anywhere near…

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Health insurance law in California includes more details

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The state has just revealed new details into its plans for implementing the federal healthcare reforms. California residents are now receiving their first look at what the health insurance changes will be in California as that state gets itself ready to implement the various required elements of the federal healthcare reforms. State officials have now laid out the various policy details that will become available to residents next year. This represents the California’s effort to comply with the federal reforms to the healthcare system, which include the individual mandate that…

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Health insurance to be offered to Costco members by Aetna

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The insurer has now unveiled a new program for individual coverage in California. Aetna has just announced the unveiling of a new health insurance program in California through which they will be offering individual plans to members of Costco. This program is geared toward meeting the needs of Costco members in an affordable way. The coverage is called the Costco Personal Health Insurance program. It includes five different types of plans, which are broad major medical benefits, a number of assistance services, a large provider and hospital network, dental options,…

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Health insurance exchange in California now under construction

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The Golden State is now working on the first of the marketplaces in the country. An industry expert in California has said that it will be interesting to watch how the state works on developing the first health insurance exchange in the country and then implements it for use by its residents and small businesses. California has now received its federal government funding in order to implement the marketplace. In fact, the state is now the recipient of $674 million federal dollars for the implementation of its health insurance exchange.…

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Health insurance for transgender patients still being denied in Oregon and California

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These two states require coverage of this nature and are telling insurers to stop denying healthcare. California and Oregon regulators have now issued a relatively quiet directive to some health insurance companies in order to have them cease their policies for denying coverage to transgender patients due to the nature of their gender identities. Insurers in these states aren’t required to provide specific medical treatments but cannot deny healthcare. The regulators in California and Oregon have now instructed some private health insurance companies that they cannot deny the claims for…

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Covered California exchange program set in stone

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Covered California plan approved by governing board The board that is meant to govern California’s efforts to build its own health insurance exchange have approved the operational plans for the program. This is a major step towards the state running its own health insurance exchange program and complying with federal deadlines. The California Health Benefit Exchange board, which has changed the name of the exchange program to Covered California, has sent its approval for the operational plans to the Governor’s Office, which is expected to forward these plans to the…

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California insurance commissioner issues report card for PPO

The California Department of Insurance has released the quality of care report card by insurance commissioner Dave Jones, called the “2012 Preferred Provider Organization (PPO)”. According to Jones, this report is a useful resource which provides consumers with a larger amount of practical data about the quality of the care they can expect to receive, so that they are better able to make decisions that will meet their healthcare requirements. He added that “I want to encourage all Californians to take a look at the findings of the PPO report…

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