Health insurance plan coverage reaching all but 7 percent of Californians

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A new nationwide study conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics examined uninsured rates. Nearly 29 million Americans across the country currently lack a health insurance plan. This is a considerable reduction in the uninsured rate. In 2010, almost 49 million Americans didn’t have health insurance coverage. Californians are faring even better than the rest of the country in terms of their coverage rates. That said, on the other end of the spectrum, Texans are the Americans least likely to have a health insurance plan. In that state, 20…

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Covered California exchange enrollments experience 23 percent spike

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The number of new customers registering for their health insurance is considerably higher this year. The Covered California exchange has experienced a notable increase in the number of new customers enrolling this year. When compared to the first two weeks of open enrollment last year, the same period this year experienced an increase of 23 percent. From November 1 through November 14, there were an estimated 48,000 new customers enrolled. Comparatively, the number of people who signed up on the Covered California exchange in 2016 during the first two weeks…

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What could the GOP health care repeal do to California consumers?

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If the U.S. Senate chooses not to block the bill or to significantly revise it, many Californians stand to lose coverage. Should the GOP health care repeal of the Affordable Care Act make its way through the U.S. Senate in its current state, many Californian consumers risk losing their insurance. There are an estimated 5 million California residents whose coverage was purchased through Obamacare. The House of Representatives passed the legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act last Thursday. Both California and officials from the health industry as a whole…

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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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Anthem health insurance policies with reduced coverage receive approval

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A judge has given the nod to allow the insurer to move forward with a plan offering no out of network care coverage. Anthem health insurance has been allowed to continue selling a California health plan that doesn’t offer out of network care coverage. A judge gave the ruling that stopped Anthem Blue Cross from being restrained from switching half a million Californians to the plan. A consumer group requested that the judge keep a restraining order in place to stop Anthem from making the switches. The restraint would have…

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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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California insurance premiums for health plans could spike by 8%

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The rates for 2017 may be noticeably more expensive for residents of the Golden State. California insurance premiums may be heading upward next year according to an estimate that has been produced by the state’s exchange, to the point that the average person would be paying 8 percent more. Should this estimate be accurate, it will double the average increase seen over the last two years. This year and last year, there were increase to California insurance premiums, but they were a notably lower 4 percent. This latest forecasted increase…

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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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