Ruling: Hospital bills should reflect ‘reasonable value’ of services

By Kathy Robertson An appellate court decision Tuesday in Fresno could have wide-ranging effects on hospitals and health plans in California. Read more…
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Ballot initiative would weaken California’s exchange, report says

By Paul Demko California’s fledgling health-insurance exchange could be destabilized if voters pass a ballot measure that would grant veto authority over premium rates to the state’s insurance commissioner, according to an industry-backed report (PDF) released on Thursday.
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Calif. health exchange promotes market competition, even with dominant players

By Paul Demko Four insurers accounted for nearly 95% of the 1.4 million health plans selected by customers on California’s insurance exchange during the recently concluded open-enrollment period, but despite that concentration, experts say the exchange increased competition in i
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California sees health exchange surge as open enrollment ends for 2014

(Reuters) — Thanks to a final April surge, California’s health care exchange marketplace enrolled a total of 1.4 million people in private health insurance plans, state officials announced Thursday, beating a federal forecast by just over 800,000 enrollees. Read more…
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Boots on the ground brought out last-minute Latino ACA signups

By Rachel Landen A last-minute shift to more community and local outreach along with other grass-roots marketing strategies helped state exchanges and enrollment organizations boost Latino signups just before the March 31 deadline after months of lagging enrollment in Obamacare plans.
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California health exchange enrollment continues to surge

By Jerry Geisel Enrollment in California’s health insurance exchange, the largest public exchange authorized under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, continues to soar. Read more…
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California health exchange pulls doctor directory again

By Associated Press California’s health insurance exchange pulled its online doctor directory again after some physicians were wrongly listed as accepting patients’ coverage plans, spurring a blame game between insurers and providers. Read more…
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Report Finds That Health Exchange Insurance Purchases Are A Good Deal; Healthcare.gov Has New Section

Kaiser Health News A new PricewaterhouseCoopers report finds that the average premium on an exchange is lower than the average premium of an employer-sponsored health plan. Meanwhile, the federal health online marketplace has added a new section to allow consumers who have already sig
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Ballot drive seeks cap on health costs, CEO pay

By Carla Marinucci Signaling the start of an expensive political battle over health care, a prominent labor union has tapped the San Francisco political team behind Gov. Jerry Brown’s successful ballot drive boosting taxes to manage a campaign for two proposed ballot measures to
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5 States Potentially Headed for Obamacare Disasters

By Keith Speights Is disaster on the way for your state? When it comes to the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, some states appear to be in much worse shape than others. For certain states, total enrollment has been nothing short of abysmal — particularly when co
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