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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.

2 Million Uninsured Californians Are Eligible for Obamacare Benefits

In advance of the Nov. 1 start of open enrollment for Covered California, new numbers show that just over half of the state’s remaining uninsured are eligible for health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act. The estimate was part of a state-by-state analysis compiled by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Researchers found that California has ...

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California Bill That Requires Accurate Health Provider Directories Signed Into Law

A bill that requires health care insurers to update their provider directories with accurate information has been signed by Gov. Jerry Brown and will take effect in July. The bill, introduced by state Sen. Ed Hernandez, D-West Covina, and sponsored by three statewide health advocacy and consumer groups, was proposed in response to numerous complaints ...

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Big Day for Health-Related Bills

On Thursday, Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a bill to make health insurance companies release accurate directories of their network of physicians and other providers. It was one of 10 health-related bills the governor approved on Thursday. Other bills now becoming law include an effort to cap the cost of prescription drug co-payments and a ...

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Bill Awaiting Brown Would Subsidize Farmworker Union’s Health Plan for 5 Years

Last year, the budget writers in Gov. Jerry Brown's administration held their noses when Democrats pushed through the Legislature a $3.2-million subsidy for a union healthcare plan.

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Obamacare Could Shift Many Hundreds of Millions in Claims to Worker’s Comp Insurers, Especially in California

"Hundreds of millions of dollars" in insurance claims nationally, and possibly far more, could shift from health insurers to workers' comp carriers due to Obamacare, according to a new study.

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California Could Be Model for Extending Health Coverage to Undocumented

Compared with other states, California is ahead in terms of expanding health care coverage to undocumented immigrants, and some experts say it could spur other states to follow suit, the Los Angeles Times reports.

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Chronically Ill Pay More in Obamacare Plans Than Employer Coverage

Chronically ill people enrolled in individual health plans sold on the Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges pay on average twice as much...

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Why California Put the Brakes on a Hospital Merger – and What it Means

But in California this spring, something different happened: A merger fell through.

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Health Insurers Seeking Mergers Play Down Antitrust Concerns

The chief executives of two of the nation’s largest health insurance companies told skeptical senators on Tuesday that consumers would benefit if the federal government approved their plans to acquire two other big insurers. But Consumers Union, a consumer advocacy group, expressed doubts about the deals, and Senator Richard Blumenthal, Democrat of Connecticut, objected to ...

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Contra Costa to Again Offer Health Coverage to Adult Illegal Immigrants

Six years after eliminating health coverage for adult immigrants living in the U.S. illegally during the Great Recession, Contra Costa County has cobbled together enough money to begin insuring them again, although the program could be short-lived. The Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 Tuesday to launch a $1 million pilot program aimed at providing primary ...

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