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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.

Under Obamacare, Medi-Cal Ballooned to Cover 1 in 3 Californians

California officials never anticipated how many people would sign up for state-run health insurance under Obamacare.

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Kaiser to Open Medical School

Kaiser Permanente is preparing to instill its integrated model for high-quality care at sustainable costs in the minds of future physicians. The Oakland, Calif.-based system plans to open an independent medical school in Southern California, with its first class expected to enroll in fall 2019.

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SEIU Puts $3M Into Ballot Fight With California Hospitals

In another sign that a 2014 truce is in danger, a powerful union for health care workers has launched a $3 million fund that could fund a new ballot battle with hospitals.

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Obama Signs Spending Package With Health Care, ACA Provisions

President Obama on Friday signed a spending package with several health care-related provisions, including some that affect the Affordable Care Act, the Los Angeles Times reports.

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Covered California Enrolls Thousands of Individuals into Obamacare Plans

More than 197,000 people have signed up for health insurance next year through Covered California, the state insurance exchange announced.

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The Experts Were Wrong About the Best Places for Better and Cheaper Health Care

As part of his push for the Affordable Care Act in 2009, President Obama came to Central High School to laud this community as a model of better, cheaper health care.

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Specialty Drug Costs Soar 32% to $438 Million at CalPERS Amid Uproar Over Prices

One of the nation's biggest healthcare buyers, the California Public Employees' Retirement System, said its specialty drug costs soared 32% last year to $438 million.

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Legislature Fizzles In Special Sessions On Transportation and Healthcare

In the eyes of Martin Weil, it’s not the hard slog of political deal-making that explains why his 26-year old daughter, a quadriplegic with cerebral palsy who is unable to speak, struggles to keep the services she needs.

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California’s 3 Largest Health Insurers Among Few to Show Obamacare Profit in 2014

California's biggest health insurers are among a select few to show a profit selling Obamacare policies.

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Covered California Sign-Ups Hit 140,000 Almost Halfway Into Enrollment Period

On Monday, Covered California officials announced that 140,000 people have enrolled so far during the enrollment period that started Nov. 1. That's about halfway to the exchange's lower-end expectation of 260,000 sign-ups by the end of this open enrollment period on Jan. 31, 2016.

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