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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.

Drug Transparency Bill May Be First in Nation

A bill in the California Legislature that would require pharmaceutical manufacturers to explain the prices for their expensive products is thought to be the first legislative attempt of its kind in the country.

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Report: California Uninsured Rate Fell by as Much as 40% Under ACA

California's uninsured rate fell by as much as 40% in 2014, in large part because of expanded coverage under the Affordable Care Act, according to a fact sheet by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, Payers & Providers reports.

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Covered CA Delays Dental Benefits

Adults hoping to purchase dental insurance through Covered California will have to wait until at least next year because of problems with the health exchange's computer system.

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Prime Healthcare Has No Wiggle Room with Attorney General Mandate in Hospital Deal

Take it or leave it. That's the message to a Southern California for-profit company from Attorney General Kamala Harris who late last week laid out a dozen requirements for Prime Healthcare Services' $843 million deal to buy six cash-crunched nonprofit hospitals.

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Covered California Extends Enrollment Deadline

Covered California will allow consumers to apply for health coverage from Feb. 23 to April 30 if they claim to have been unaware of the new tax penalty for foregoing insurance, the health benefit exchange announced Friday.

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California Love for Obamacare Only Goes So Far as Sign-Ups Sag

Obamacare-loving California led the nation in embracing the health-care law, and in enrolling its citizens for 2014 coverage.

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Insurance Industry May Find Spot on Nevada Health Exchange Board

The Silver State Exchange, the agency tasked with governing the state's subsidized health insurance marketplace, is pushing for overhauls that could give the insurance industry a seat on its board and cement the federal government's increasing control over the agency.

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More Than 72,000 Nevadans Sign Up for Health Insurance Through Exchange

Open enrollment for government-subisized health insurance ended with 72,127 Nevada residents selecting a plan or re-enrolling, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced today.

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100,000 California Households Get Incorrect Obamacare Tax Forms

California's Obamacare exchange sent erroneous tax forms to about 100,000 households that received federal premium subsidies last year.

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Obamacare Open Enrollment Deadline Extended

Did you miss the February 15 deadline to buy health insurance for 2015? The Department of Health and Human Services announced that you may have one more week to get insured.

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