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This broad category includes articles concerning health insurance costs, carrier and health plan news, changing benefits technology, and surveys by the Kaiser Family Foundation and others on employee benefits.

California Individual Marketplace May Require Insurers To Pay Agent Commissions

California’s health exchange may require its health plans to pay sales commissions to insurance agents to keep insurers from shunning the sickest and costliest patients.

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Group Health Approves Acquisition by Kaiser Permanente

Rejecting critics and community concern, voting members of Seattle’s Group Health Cooperative have overwhelmingly agreed to join with the California health-care giant Kaiser Permanente.

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Voter Anger Over Surging Prescription Drug Costs Has Generated A Campaign Issue

Cathy Kerns expected to spend her retirement savings as her friends do: on cruises or other “golden years” indulgences.

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California Adds Cost Data to Report Card on Medical Groups

The state of California is adding cost information to a report card that rates the quality and patient experience scores for major medical groups practicing in the state.

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Speaker Rendon Names New California Assembly Committee Chairs

On Monday, Assemblyman Anthony Rendon, D-Paramount, officially became the powerful speaker of the California Assembly. On Thursday, he announced how that power will be distributed.

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Rise Of Latino Political Power In Capitol Could Give New Momentum To Health Care

When Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) is sworn in as assembly speaker Monday, it will mark a historic moment in California politics: For the first time, the two top posts in the state legislature will be held by Latinos.

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State Regulators Cites Price, Access As Top Concerns In Proposed Anthem-Cigna Merger

Health care access, quality and affordability will be among the top concerns for the state’s Department of Managed Health Care as it vets the proposed $54 billion merger of insurance giant Anthem Inc. and rival Cigna Corp., the department’s director, Shelley Rouillard, said during a public hearing in Sacramento Friday.

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California Insurers Want to Build a Huge Data Exchange … Will Providers Come?

Two of California's largest insurers are trying to build one of the country's most comprehensive health information exchanges, but they're facing reluctance from providers who are hesitant to share their data.

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Health Exchange Disputes Federal Report

Nevada's health insurance exchange disputes a federal report claiming it misallocated funds for creating its program and recommending it consider refunding $893,000 to the Centers Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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Sutter Health says its new HMO is ahead of projected growth

The new health maintenance organization launched by Sutter Health in 2014 more than doubled its membership in 2015, Sutter Health Plus officials say.

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