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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.

California To Broaden Autism Coverage For Kids Through Medicaid

Maria Cruz had never heard the word autism until her daughter, Shirley, was diagnosed as a toddler.

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Intervenor Role Now Politically Charged

The latest volley in the war over Proposition 45, the November ballot initiative to regulate health insurance rate hikes, is over intervenors who play an obscure role in the state's process for overseeing insurance.

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Trial-Lawyer Scam: Vote No On Prop. 45

In California, health insurance is already thoroughly regulated by the state.

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Governor Signs Bill Requiring Paid Sick Leave

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law Wednesday morning to provide at least three days of paid sick leave annually to every worker in California, extending the benefit to some 6.5 million employees, or about 40 percent of California's workforce.

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Covered California Will Offer Auto-Renewals for 2015

If most consumers who bought health insurance through Covered California this year sit back and do nothing, they'll be automatically enrolled in the same plan next year.

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Employer Health Rates Rise 3%, Worker Deductibles Top $1,2000

The price of employer health insurance rose a modest 3% this year, a major survey shows, but workers will be paying more when they get sick as deductibles soar.

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Support Plummets For California Health Initiatives

Support for a pair of health-related ballot initiatives is eroding, though a large portion of voters remain undecided eight weeks before the Nov. 4 election, according to the latest Field Poll.

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Income Checks Throw Californians Off Health Plans

Some Californians who purchased individual health coverage through the state's insurance exchange are suddenly being dropped or transferred to Medi-Cal, the state Medicaid program for the poor that fewer doctors and providers accept.

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Regulators Struggle With Obamacare’s Narrow Networks Problem

President Obama's healthcare law has provided an economic case study on the tradeoffs between cost and access.

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Anthem Urges Stanford Health Care to Extend Contract for Two Weeks

Anthem Blue Cross of California on Monday asked Stanford Health Care to agree to a two-week extension of its terminated contract at existing rates so both sides can continue negotiations.

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