California health insurance premiums may spike, analysis

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Covered California predicts a possible spike in rates residents are paying for policies. California health insurance premiums may sharply rise over the next few years. In fact, Covered California’s own analysis predicts a 35 percent increase by 2021. When compared to the current rates, Californian consumers may pay 35 percent more over three years. The state is among a total of 15 predicting average rate hikes of 35 percent by 2021 compared to their current rates. Across the United States, consumers purchasing coverage on an insurance exchange may pay more.…

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Health insurance prices in California announced

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Consumers can now start to understand what they will be paying when the Affordable Care Act is implemented. California has now released the price that consumers will be paying for a number of health insurance plans that will be offered through the state’s exchange as a result of the Affordable Care Act, which will go into full effect in 2014. These newly released prices offer a glimpse of what the coverage will cost in the rest of the country. Within the federal healthcare law overhaul, Americans who are not able…

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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 care reforms session called by Governor Jerry Brown

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A special legislative session will occur in California at the end of the year. Governor Jerry Brown has announced his intentions to call a special legislative session that will occur in California at the end of the year, in order to discuss the health care reforms and the way they will be implemented in the state. This session will begin in either December 2012, or January 2013. According to Diana Dooley, the California Health and Human Services Secretary, the special session will run alongside the regular legislative session. Dooley explained…

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California health insurance exchange to go to Accenture

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The state will pay the company almost $360 million for creating and operating the enrollment system. State officials have announced that the contract for the California health insurance exchange eligibility and enrollment system will go to Accenture, for $359 million, The company is expected to have the system up and running to by late 2013. It will need to allow residents of the state, as well as small businesses, to shop for medical coverage and find out whether or not they are eligible to obtain federal healthcare subsidies, as well…

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Ballot initiative faces opposition from California insurance companies and doctors’ group

The California Medical Association (CMA), a health insurance organizations coalition, the California Hospital Association (CHA), and other groups have announced their intentions to work together to oppose a ballot measure that is meant to create California insurance regulation for rate increase on health plans and policies. According to the CMA president-elect, Paul Phinney, this ballot initiative doesn’t do anything to help control the causes of the cost increases in the healthcare system. He added that “I just think this initiative is the wrong idea.” Ballot measure advocates have said that…

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New form of insurance battle building among sufferers of eating disorders

Sufferers of eating disorders such as bulimia and anorexia are now struggling on a new battlefield within the insurance world, calling into question the extent to which laws regulate equivalent protections for mental illnesses. Court cases and claims regarding severe instances of eating disorders are attempting to require payment for residential treatment center costs, as those institutions provide patients with monitoring around the clock every day so that they will not have the opportunity to skip meals or purge what they have consumed. Recently, some insurers have re-stated the fact…

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California’s MedLion clinics take insurance into their own hands

The costs of healthcare in the U.S. have been growing at an accelerating rate. Soaring prices for both medical care and insurance coverage are weighing heavily of the nation’s middle class citizens as they struggle to somehow recover from a passing economic recession. While this is not a new trend in the U.S. – indeed, the cost of healthcare has been gaining momentum for some time now, — there is a term being attributed to it: Hyperinflation. Several major insurance companies have been reporting record profits, with many making enough…

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Controversy surrounds the California health insurance industry

Blue Shield of California has had a tumultuous year when it comes to insurance rates. Earlier this year, the insurer sought steep rate hikes that drew the ire of the state’s Insurance Commissioner, Dave Jones, as well as criticisms from the public. After a lengthy battle in which the company refused to compromise on their proposed rate increases, Blue Shield finally submitted, abandoning their proposal altogether.  Two weeks ago, the company came under fire again after the Department of Insurance revealed documents detailing how the insurer payed it’s top 10…

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Hopes that new California health insurance law will speed up pain medication process

A new bill in California is seeking to help those with chronic pain disorders obtain medications through both Medi-Cal and private insurance companies. While the majority of the state’s insurers already provide coverage for pain medications, there is room for improvement according to legislators. California lawmakers believe that the process of trial and error that companies currently employ is unreasonable. The process leaves many chronic pain sufferers to deal with the pain while the companies try to figure out what is the most cost effective painkiller. Currently, insurers require that…

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