California scores poorly on posting healthcare prices, report says

California consumers don’t have easy access to actual prices for medical care, according to a national report card that gave the state a D for its dismal showing. Overall, 36 states received a D or F in the report issued Monday by two nonprofit healthcare groups that analyzed go
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California One of 2 States to Force Health Insurer Bids

California and Vermont are the only states set to require medical insurers to bid for the chance to sell coverage through new exchanges being set up this year under the Obama administration’s health-care overhaul. The 2010 Affordable Care Act gives states the power to impose a bidding
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What Will California’s Health Benefit Exchange Application Look Like?

Immediately following the Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act, the head of California’s Health Benefit Exchange laid out his vision for revolutionizing the health insurance market. “We know buying insurance is really complicated. We want to make it as easy as buying a
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Ninth Circuit Breathes New Life Into Retirees’ Claim for Lifetime Healthcare Benefits

Employers may unwittingly create implied vested contractual rights to retirement and healthcare benefits for their employees in perpetuity. In Sonoma County Ass’n of Retired Employees v. Sonoma County, No. 10-17873 (February 26, 2013), the Ninth Circuit vacated a district court’s dism
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Many hospitals, doctors offer cash discount for medical bills

A Long Beach hospital charged Jo Ann Snyder $6,707 for a CT scan of her abdomen and pelvis after colon surgery. But because she had health insurance with Blue Shield of California, her share was much less: $2,336. Read More..
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Health insurers to reduce rate hikes for California small firms

  SACRAMENTO — Tens of thousands of small businesses in California collectively will save $48 million on their health insurance bills starting this month now that three insurers have agreed to reduce pending rate hikes.   Read More..
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Behind Double-Digit Premium Increases

National health care spending has been rising at an unusually low rate for three consecutive years. Yet health insurance companies in some states with lax regulations are requesting and winning double-digit premium increases for some customers. That jarring discrepancy suggests that b
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STATE OFFICIALS LAUNCH ‘HEALTH HAPPENS IN THE WORKPLACE’

Pilot Program to Build Healthier Workforce, Save Taxpayer Money SACRAMENTO, Calif. (April 30, 2012) – State Controller John Chiang, State Treasurer Bill Lockyer, the Department of Personnel Administration, the California Public Employees’ Retirement Systems (CalPERS) and the Service E
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California Previews NAIC’s End Game for Self-Insurance

In case you had any doubt about the end game the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) has in mind for self-insurance nationally, you simply need to look at what is happening on the left coast. Read More..
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Consumer Watchdog Campaign News Release: Health Insurance Premiums To Rise Up To 20% For 1 Million Californians On May 1

Santa Monica, CA — Four of the largest health insurance companies in California have increased premiums for 1.1 million Californians and small business owners by as much as 20% on April and May 1st according to data filed with state regulators, said Consumer Watchdog Campaign to
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