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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California health insurance regulators launches investigation into Aetna

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The insurer’s coverage practices will be examined by the two different state departments. Two California health insurance regulators have stated their intentions to investigate Aetna’s coverage decision processes. This examination of the insurer is a result of a lawsuit filed by a Californian man. The man filed the lawsuit against the country’s third largest insurance company, alleging improper care denial. The two California health insurance regulators will conduct the investigation in order to help determine whether or not Aetna’s decision processes are acceptable. The opening arguments in the case were…

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California health care bill calls for state-run system

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Looking forward to Congress’s likely repeal of the Affordable Care Act, the state is considering alternatives. The California health care system may be turned on its head if the Affordable Care Act is repealed. A state senator is looking to establish a state-run single-payer system through newly introduced legislation. This alternative system would allow the state to conduct the negotiations with providers and other companies. The proposed single-payer California health care system would have the state negotiating their own prices with providers and pharmaceutical companies among others. This would allow…

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California health insurance may become available to undocumented immigrants

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Governor Jerry Brown has now pushed the effort for this coverage another step forward. Following the signing of a new bill by Governor Jerry Brown on Friday, California health insurance law has now become one step closer to being available to immigrants who are living in the state without any legal documentation. The bill has now allowed the state to turn to the federal government in order to request its approval. The California health insurance bill has opened up the chance for the state to ask the federal government for…

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Will California pass a health insurance bill for undocumented immigrants?

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The state recently introduced the measure to request permission from the federal government. California legislators are currently facing a controversial health insurance bill that would request permission from the federal government to allow the state to be able to sell coverage over its official exchange, Covered California, to people who are unable to prove that their residence in the country is a legal one. The Assembly Health Committee democrats already gave their approval to SB20 last Tuesday. The proposal of the health insurance bill was first put forward by Senator…

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State-run health insurance exchanges contain security flaw

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An investigation has discovered that the California, Vermont and Kentucky sites left personal data vulnerable. In a recent investigation of state-run health insurance exchange websites, “significant cybersecurity weaknesses” were discovered in California, Vermont and Kentucky, according to federal officials. These flaws in the websites may have left the personal information of residents of those states open to hackers. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) discovered the vulnerabilities. This independent agency functions as a watchdog organization over Congress. The investigation it conducted looked into the health insurance exchange websites of the individual…

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Top California health insurance barriers include premiums and eligibility

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The results of research conducted throughout 2014 showed that there were very specific reasons for remaining uninsured. A new study conducted by researchers at the Center for Labor Research and Education at the University of California, Berkeley, as well as the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research has determined that among the individuals without California health insurance coverage in 2014, two out of every three were deemed eligible but chose not to enroll as a result of the cost. The other third of the uninsured residents of the state were…

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California lawmakers consider tax package targeting state health insurance program

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Lawmakers aim to support Medi-Cal program with ambitious tax package Lawmakers in California may opt to take action on a tax package that aims to prevent a gap of $1.1 billion in the state’s health insurance program. The California Senate and Assembly are considering three pieces of legislation during a special legislative session, which was called last year in order to adjust taxes on insurance plans. The federal government has announced that it will discontinue support for the state’s Medi-Cal program if lawmakers are not able to effectively address tax…

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Covered California sparks more competition in state’s health insurance market

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Competition in California insurance market is growing thanks to the state’s exchange California’s health insurance exchange, called Covered California, has released a new enrollment report. The report shows that the state’s exchange has had a significant impact on competition in the California insurance market. The exchange has lead aggressive negotiations with insurance companies, ensuring that competition remains strong and consumers have a wealth of options when it comes to finding the coverage that they need. According to Covered California, more than 439,000 new people have enrolled into the exchange. 439,000…

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San Francisco seeks to help residents acquire health insurance coverage

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City is working to address the lack of insurance coverage among consumers Consumers in San Francisco, California, are finding it difficult to afford their health insurance coverage. The city is notorious for its high cost of living, which has lead many people to forgo acquiring insurance coverage. They are also avoiding seeking medical care or taking advantage of free services that are intended for the poor. Notably, a significant portion of these consumers are eligible for subsidies from the federal government that help cut down the cost of health insurance…

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