California eases its health insurance individual mandate requirements

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State officials loosened the law out of concern that many residents aren’t aware of the fines. Out of concerns that too many California residents don’t understand the consequences of failing to comply with the health insurance individual mandate, the law has been eased. The worry was that many Californians aren’t aware of the fines they face for failing to buy coverage. The health insurance individual mandate is meant to help encourage Californians to purchase a plan. The idea is, in part, to create an incentive to purchase a health plan…

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Covered California health insurance exchange open enrollment begins

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This week marked the start of the registration period for people to buy health plans for 2019. Covered California has opened its doors for selling health insurance to state residents who don’t receive benefits through the government or their employers. The insurance exchange is now selling plans for 2019 coverage. The state-run insurance marketplace gives Californians up until December 15 to enroll. Consumers who purchase their plans through Covered California by December 15 will have their coverage in place as of January 1, 2019. That said, there is a second…

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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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