California health insurance exchange still has challenges to overcome

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Exchange has a backlog of over 25,000 physical applications The California health insurance exchange, called Covered California, has a backlog of over 25,000 paper applications. Consumers have been scrambling to apply for coverage through the state-run exchange, but have encountered several problems in doing so over the Internet. The exchange suffered from crippling technical issues during the early stages of its launch, but many of these issues have been resolved. Unfortunately, those seeking out coverage through physical applications have encountered other problems that have left them in the dark concerning…

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Insurance news for California homeowners includes less pit bull coverage

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Farmers has announced that it will no longer be providing coverage to pit bull breed owners. Farmers in California has just announced its latest insurance news, that it will be dropping coverage for the owners of pit bull dogs, which follows with a trend that is increasing across the country with certain breeds. Owners of the breed have been expressing surprise and upset about the decision made by their insurer. Many owners feel that this insurance news makes assumptions about themselves and their pets that are unfair and unjust. The insurer has…

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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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InsureCA4less.com website provides California residents with best insurance quotes and comparisons

The new insureca4less.com website has announced the availability of its full service insurance quote website that is specifically designed to cater to the needs of the residents of California. The site is now offering Californians fast and easy access to free instant insurance quotes from insurers located within their area. It also provides the ability to compare the top quotes from several insurance companies so that users will always know that they are receiving the coverage they need, but at the best possible price that can be found. The insureca4less.com…

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California ranks ninth in American auto insurance prices

According to a report by Insure.com, the residents of California experienced some relief in their auto insurance prices when they fell from $1,991 last year to $1,709 now. In 2011, California insurance rates held sixth place in the country for the most expensive annual car insurance premiums. However, this year it has dropped to ninth place. The report did not examine the reason that the prices fell. On the other hand, Louisiana remained in first place, where the average premium for coverage was $2,536 this year. The report claimed that…

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California is among the worst states in the country for residents without health coverage

The results of a new study are showing that in 2010, California was the state with the most residents – approximately 7 million – who do not have health insurance coverage. According to the California HealthCare Foundation’s data, around 1 million children and 6 million residents under the age of 65 did not have health insurance. Among the nonelderly population of the state, an average of 21 percent were not covered by health insurance over the three years from 2008 through to the end of 2010. On the national list,…

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Consumer Watchdog chastises California’s Mercury Insurance for supposed illegal practices

Mercury is looking to raise its auto insurance rates by $89 million in California, a move that consumer advocates are calling “illegal.” Consumer Watchdog, a group concerned with making the California insurance industry more consumer friendly, claims that the insurer is looking to pass a new law that would allow it to raise rates for good drivers that have, simply, not driven for a period of time for any reason. Mercury Chairman George Joseph claims that the legislation the company is backing would save policyholders money, but Consumer Watchdog calls such…

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Hartford to test a new form of car policy in 2012

Hartford Financial Services Group has announced its intentions to begin a pilot program in 2012 for an auto insurance policy based on telematics. Hartford’s president of consumer markets, Andy Napoli made the announcement during the company’s investors meeting. The new policy will be using telematics. According to Napoli, using the “devices in insured vehicles to transmit information about driving behavior, such as miles driven, speed, acceleration, deceleration, and using that information to price the risk.” This pilot program will be known as TrueLane and will begin in the first half…

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