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Headaches Persist As Covered California Enrollment Nears End

January 31, 2017

Covered California’s fourth annual open enrollment period, set to end Tuesday, has been rocky for many consumers. During this period, two Covered California errors have affected roughly 50,000 policy holders, leading to higher-than-expected premiums or the potential loss of their tax credits Read More

Demand For Popular Short-Term Insurance Plans Could Surge If Health Law Is Relaxed

January 31, 2017

Short-term health plans have been around for decades, bridging coverage gaps for people who are between jobs or have recently graduated from school, among other things. After the health law passed, some people gravitated toward them because they were willing to trade comprehensive coverage for a cheaper sticker price — even if it meant paying a tax penalty for not having the comprehensive coverage required in the law. Sales increased. Read More

Aetna to Stay Out of Individual Health Market in 2018

January 31, 2017

Aetna Inc. plans to stay out of the U.S. individual major medical insurance market in 2018, according to Mark Bertolini. Bertolini, the Hartford-based company's chairman, talked briefly about Aetna's plans for 2018 during a conference call the company held to discuss fourth-quarter earnings with securities analysts. Read More

California Fines Kaiser Permanente $2.5 Million Over Missing Medicaid Data

January 31, 2017

California officials have fined health care giant Kaiser Permanente $2.5 million for failing to turn over required data on patient care to the state’s Medicaid program. The California Department of Health Care Services said this was the first fine imposed against one of its Medicaid managed care plans since at least 2000. The state relies on the data to help set rates, ensure adequate care is available and monitor how taxpayer dollars are being spent in the program, known as Medi-Cal in California. Read More