Category Archives: Breaking News

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    Blue Shield’s Proposed Acquisition of Care1st Faces Tough Scrutiny

    Posted on July 23, 2015 by in Breaking News

    Source: Los Angeles Times A top California regulator vowed a “deep dive” into a $1.2-billion acquisition proposed by Blue Shield of California amid criticism that the nonprofit insurer is shortchanging the public. Shelley Rouillard, director of the state Department of Managed Health Care, signaled tough scrutiny ahead for Blue Shield’s proposed purchase of Medicaid insurer […]

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  • Covered California Website Fail Its Disabled Residents

    Posted on July 22, 2015 by in Breaking News

    Source: U-T San Diego California businesses have for years complained about lawsuits related to the Americans with Disabilities Act, where plaintiffs visit their stores or restaurants and then demand financial damages after finding oftentimes technical violations of the accessibility rules. At one point last year, 20-some businesses in thedowntown area of one northern California city […]

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    Even As Obamacare Seeks To Expand Women’s Coverage, Some Still Face Key Gap

    Posted on July 21, 2015 by in Breaking News

    Source: Kaiser Health News Having a baby is a common women’s health event, yet insurance coverage isn’t always assured. Although the federal government recently clarified that many insurance plans must cover prenatal care as a preventive service without charging women anything out of pocket, it didn’t address a crucial — and much pricier — gap […]

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    UnitedHealth, Anthem Seek to Buy Smaller Rivals

    Posted on July 17, 2015 by in Breaking News

    Source: Morningstar The two biggest health insurers by revenue, UnitedHealth Group Inc. and Anthem Inc., are seeking to buy smaller rivals in a merger scramble aimed at cutting costs as the companies cope with the federal health-care overhaul. UnitedHealth made a preliminary takeover approach to Aetna Inc. in the last few days, people familiar with […]

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  • Covered California to Collect Data On Patients

    Posted on July 16, 2015 by in Breaking News

    Source: Los Angeles Times California’s health insurance exchange wants to know why you got sick this summer. With 1.4 million people enrolled, the state-run marketplace is embarking on an ambitious effort to collect insurance company data on prescriptions, doctor visits and hospital stays for every Obamacare patient. Covered California says this massive data-mining project is […]

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    Obama’s Legacy Is at Stake in Supreme Court’s Health Care Ruling

    Posted on July 13, 2015 by in Breaking News

    Source: The New York Times WASHINGTON — The night his administration’s Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, President Obama described the victory the way he hopes historians will: as a “stone firmly laid in the foundation of the American dream.” But Mr. Obama’s prospects for a legacy of expanding health care coverage in the United […]

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    Anthem Reaffirms Commitment to its $47-Billion Bid for Cigna

    Posted on July 9, 2015 by in Breaking News

    Source: Associated Press Anthem sees its more than $47 billion bid to buy rival Cigna as a way to muscle up on technology that helps consumers and to strengthen its rapidly growing Medicare Advantage business. Leaders of the Blue Cross-Blue Shield insurer reaffirmed on Monday their commitment to getting a deal done a day after […]

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    Covered California Negotiated Lower Rates by Providing Data to Insurers

    Posted on July 8, 2015 by in Breaking News

    Source: California Healthline Providing data to insurers on Covered California enrollees’ use of health care services helped to lower premiums, according to a recent study, the Sierra Sun Times reports. Details of Study For the study, researchers from UC-San Francisco, the state Department of Health Care Services and the state exchange examined data from the […]

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    Blaming Drug Costs, CalPERS Considers 7% Hike in HMO Premiums

    Posted on July 7, 2015 by in Breaking News

    Source: Sacramento Business Journal The California Public Employees’ Retirement System is poised to raise HMO premiums for state employees an average of 7.21 percent in 2016. The move shows that rising hospital and drug costs could mean higher premiums in the private sector, too. The proposed HMO rate hike is up from a 3.9 percent […]

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    Auditor Slams California’s Oversight Of Medi-Cal Plans Used By 9 Million

    Posted on July 6, 2015 by in Breaking News

    Source: Kaiser Health News California health officials failed to ensure that more than 9 million residents enrolled in Medi-Cal managed care plans had access to doctors when they needed them, the state auditor said in a stinging report Tuesday. Health officials might have learned about those problems from calls to an ombudsman’s office – but […]

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