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News stories in this section spotlight activities in California, including actions by the state Assembly and state Senate; proposed legislation; regulators like the Department of Managed Health Care and Department of Insurance; and the state ACA exchange, Covered California.

Proposition 46: Attempt To Raise Medical Malpractice Cap Rejected

Voters have soundly defeated an attempt to raise California's cap on medical malpractice damage awards, after physician and insurance groups poured tens of millions of dollars into the opposition campaign.

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Proposition 45: California Voters Defeat Health Insurance Rate Initiative

California voters on Tuesday shot down a ballot initiative that sought to expand the state insurance commissioner's authority after health insurance companies poured millions of dollars into advertising to fight it.

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Prop. 45 Could Interfere With Covered California, Opponents Say

Opponents of Proposition 45 say the measure, which would give the state insurance commissioner authority over proposed health insurance rates, could interfere with Covered California.

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Covered California Announces Proposed Rates for 2015 Small Business Health Options Program

Health insurance premiums for Covered California's Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) have been proposed and submitted to state regulators.

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Obama Administration Closing Health law Loophole For Plans Without Hospitalization

Moving to close what many see as a major loophole in Affordable Care Act rules, the Obama administration will ban large-employer medical plans from qualifying under the law if they don't offer hospitalization coverage.

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California Audit Finds Backlog of 11,000 Nursing Home Investigations

California's public health department has failed to adequately manage investigations of nursing homes statewide, resulting in a backlog of more than 11,000 complaints - many involving serious safety risks to patients, according to an audit released Thursday.

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Computer Glitch at Covered California Sending Multiple, Conflicting Messages

A "small subset" of applicants to Covered California has been deluged with multiple notices, as many as 20 different letters -- some of them with conflicting eligibility information, exchange officials said.

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New Glitches at Covered California Website

Less than three weeks before Covered California kicks off its second open enrollment, there are problems with the website.

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Pelosi Makes The Case Against Prop. 45

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi covered plenty of territory in her meeting with The Chronicle's Editorial Board on Monday, but one issue made her more animated than any other: state Proposition 45's threat to the landmark federal health care law she shepherded through Congress in 2010.

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California Is Most Expensive State For Workers’ Comp

Ouch -- the cost of workers' compensation in California is more expensive than any other state in the nation, a new study says.

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