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
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
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
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
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..
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..
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
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
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..
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