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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.

Anthem Succeeds In Bid to Cut Costs

Sometimes, paying more upfront can cost less in the long run. That has been the case for a collaborative effort of the state’s largest for-profit health insurance company and a handful of doctor groups that worked to coordinate the care of 200,000 patients with multiple chronic conditions. Today, Anthem Blue Cross of California is announcing ...

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California Senate Approves Health Care for Undocumented Immigrants

A proposal to expand health care to Californians in the country illegally cleared the Senate on Tuesday, passing on a 28-11 vote and heading to the Assembly. Senate Bill 4 would allow undocumented immigrants to purchase health insurance on the state exchange, pending a federal waiver, and enroll eligible children under the age of 19 ...

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44% of Covered California Customers Report Difficulty Paying Premiums

A new survey shows that 44% of Covered California policyholders find it difficult paying their monthly premiums for Obamacare coverage. And a similar percentage of uninsured Californians say the high cost of coverage is the main reason they go without health insurance. The issue of just how much people can afford will loom large as ...

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Patient Finds Shopping for Low-Priced CT Scan Doesn’t Pay Off

Douglas White knew high-deductible insurance is supposed to make patients feel the pain of medical prices and turn them into smart shoppers. So he shopped.

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NVHCA Pushing for Legislative Study to Review State Funding Formula, Improve Health Outcomes for Nevada’s Senior Citizens

Daniel Mathis, president and CEO of the Nevada Health Care Association (NVHCA), is urging state lawmakers to approve an interim legislative study that could improve funding and care provided by Nevada’s nursing homes and related facilities.

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Bill with “Zero” Chance Proposes Privatizing Provision of Nevada Medical Services

The elderly, the blind and the physically disabled. Thousands of people in these groups in Clark and Washoe counties face major changes in the way assistive services are provided to them should Assembly Bill 310.

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Western Dental Says Denti-Cal is Broken, Starts Closing Doors to New Patients

Western Dental will begin to close the door to new Denti-Cal patients next month - and will shut some offices altogether - as the company reassesses participation in the state dental program for the poor.

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Health Insurance Makes Big Shift to Managed-Care Regulator

A big shift in the individual health insurance market in 2014 gave the California Department of Managed Health Care the most enrollment in all three sectors of commercial insurance.

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Jerry Brown’s Proposal to Expand Health Pan Tax Sputtering

Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to make more managed care organizations pay a state tax - one likely to be passed on to consumers - is meeting resistance at the Capitol.

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Individual Enrollment Tops Small-Biz Health Coverage in California

The number of Californians with health coverage through small employers dropped below enrollment in the individual market for the first time, a new study shows.

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