insurance http://kvpr.org en California Health Insurers Restrict Doctor Choice To Lower Costs http://kvpr.org/post/california-health-insurers-restrict-doctor-choice-lower-costs <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As Californians shop for new insurance under the federal health law next year, they’re faced with many choices for health plans at different prices. But the plans they choose also come with different combinations of doctors and hospitals. And as Health Care reporter Pauline </span>Bartolone<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> tells us, some people are confused and frustrated by the new conditions. &nbsp;</span></p> Sat, 14 Dec 2013 00:29:20 +0000 Pauline Bartolone - Capital Public Radio 25278 at http://kvpr.org California Health Insurers Restrict Doctor Choice To Lower Costs Covered California Votes to Keep Original Policy Cancelation Deadline http://kvpr.org/post/covered-california-votes-keep-original-policy-cancelation-deadline <p>The Covered California board of directors voted today [Thursday] not to allow health insurers to renew canceled policies that don’t meet new standards under the Affordable Care Act.</p><p>The decision comes after President Obama’s recent suggestion that insurers be allowed to decide whether they want to extend the policies for a year.</p><p>The exchange’s executive director, Peter Lee, raised concerns about pushing back the cancelations for a few months or up to a year.</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 00:54:51 +0000 Pauline Bartolone - Capital Public Radio 24867 at http://kvpr.org Covered California Votes to Keep Original Policy Cancelation Deadline Despite Obama's Proposal, California Health Insurers Want to 'Stay the Course' http://kvpr.org/post/despite-obamas-proposal-california-health-insurers-want-stay-course <p class="p1">California health insurers don’t like President Obama’s proposal to allow people to stay on health plans that don’t meet the standards of the Affordable Care Act next year. But as Health Care Reporter Pauline Bartolone tells us, the state’s Insurance Commissioner supports the President.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 02:18:38 +0000 Pauline Bartolone - Capital Public Radio 24535 at http://kvpr.org Despite Obama's Proposal, California Health Insurers Want to 'Stay the Course' California Stands Out In New Obamacare Numbers http://kvpr.org/post/california-stands-out-new-obamacare-numbers <div><p>Both California and the federal government have released numbers about people applying for health coverage next year. As Health Care Reporter Pauline Bartolone in Sacramento reports, California stands out from the rest of the states.</p></div><p>The federal government’s numbers show more than 35,000 Californians have picked a health plan through the state-run exchange as of November 2<sup>nd</sup>.</p><p>But Peter Lee of Covered California says the total is almost twice that if you count the latest numbers.</p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 19:25:56 +0000 Pauline Bartolone - Capital Public Radio 24506 at http://kvpr.org California Stands Out In New Obamacare Numbers Health Insurer Says Individual Plans Will Have Fewer Doctors Next Year http://kvpr.org/post/health-insurer-says-individual-plans-will-have-fewer-doctors-next-year <div><p>California health insurers say people buying coverage for themselves next year should expect a different set of doctors and hospitals than are available this year. Health Care Reporter Pauline Bartolone has more.</p></div><p>Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of California are the largest issuers of individual health insurance policies in the state. Jeff Smith of Blue Shield said in order to keep its plans affordable next year, it negotiated with doctors and hospitals.</p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 16:18:51 +0000 Pauline Batolone - Capital Public Radio 24316 at http://kvpr.org Health Insurer Says Individual Plans Will Have Fewer Doctors Next Year California Health Insurers: "Some People Will Pay More, Some People Will Pay Less" http://kvpr.org/post/california-health-insurers-some-people-will-pay-more-some-people-will-pay-less <div><p>California health insurers say the wave of individual policy cancelations across the country is part of an “evening out” of health care rules under the Affordable Care Act. Pauline Bartolone has more from Sacramento.</p><p>At least 350,000 Californians who currently purchase health insurance will have that coverage canceled this year. Health insurers say they have to comply with new rules that guarantee broad coverage. Some will pay more, some will pay less.</p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 17:23:20 +0000 Pauline Bartolone - Capital Public Radio 23825 at http://kvpr.org California Health Insurers: "Some People Will Pay More, Some People Will Pay Less" Covered California Says More Than 28,000 People Have Joined Exchange http://kvpr.org/post/covered-california-says-more-28000-people-have-joined-exchange <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Covered California health insurance exchange reported&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">today that, during its first week of operation, more than 28,000 people became eligible for coverage. Max Pringle reports from Sacramento.</span></p><p>Covered California says the level of interest so far shows how eager Californians are for affordable health insurance.</p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 23:45:07 +0000 Max Pringle - Capital Public Radio 22748 at http://kvpr.org Covered California Says More Than 28,000 People Have Joined Exchange Covered California Chair Dooley Praises "A Commitment to A Culture of Coverage" http://kvpr.org/post/covered-california-chair-dooley-praises-commitment-culture-coverage <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Tuesday, California launched its version of </span>Obamacare<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, with the official debut of the state&rsquo;s insurance exchange Covered California.</span></p><p>Despite the shutdown of the federal government, the exchange is moving ahead, according to California&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Health and Human Services Secretary Diana Dooley, who spoke to Valley Public Radio Tuesday morning, prior to a launch event at Fresno State.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 00:08:06 +0000 Joe Moore 22419 at http://kvpr.org Covered California Chair Dooley Praises "A Commitment to A Culture of Coverage" Employer Mandate Delay Means Working Californians Will Find Own Health Care http://kvpr.org/post/employer-mandate-delay-means-working-californians-will-find-own-health-care <div><p>California’s Insurance Commissioner says the Obama administration’s decision to delay the employer mandate in the Affordable Care Act means more people will have to buy their own health insurance in a few months. Health Care Reporter Pauline Bartolone has more from Sacramento.</p><p>The Department of Insurance says the vast majority of California’s large companies already offer their employees health coverage. But about one and a half million Californians are in companies with 50 or more workers, and no insurance options. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 01:22:39 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 18902 at http://kvpr.org Employer Mandate Delay Means Working Californians Will Find Own Health Care Two States, Two Styles of Obamacare http://kvpr.org/post/two-states-two-styles-obamacare <p class="p1">The summer is a slow time for many occupations, but not for people working to make fundamental changes to the health care system. Millions of uninsured Americans are expected to buy coverage through new health insurance marketplaces called exchanges. Health Care Reporter Pauline Bartolone &nbsp;has more about how neighboring states are trying to achieve the same end by different means.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">-----</p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 03:32:30 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 17993 at http://kvpr.org Two States, Two Styles of Obamacare California Insurance Commissioner Wants Anthem Out of Group Health Exchange http://kvpr.org/post/california-insurance-commissioner-wants-anthem-out-group-health-exchange <p>California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones says Anthem Blue Cross should be left out of the new health insurance marketplace for small businesses next year.</p><p>Jones says Anthem’s planned premium rate increase for small employers next month is excessive.</p><p>He says the Affordable Care Act requires him to evaluate whether insurers are suitable to participate in the new marketplace.</p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 21:33:58 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 16732 at http://kvpr.org California Insurance Commissioner Wants Anthem Out of Group Health Exchange Costs, Coverage Will Shift in California's Individual Health Insurance Market http://kvpr.org/post/costs-coverage-will-shift-californias-individual-health-insurance-market <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">California’s new health insurance exchange has announced what plans and prices may look like for millions of people who will be buying individual coverage next year. Health Care Reporter Pauline </span>Bartolone<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has more about what the changes may mean for people already in the market. &nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 28 May 2013 16:34:25 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 15826 at http://kvpr.org Health Care Exchange Announces Benefit Plan Choices http://kvpr.org/post/health-care-exchange-announces-benefit-plan-choices <p></p><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Low-income Californians without health insurance or who aren’t eligible for Medi-Cal can now see which benefits they can expect under the federal health care overhaul- and how much their coverage will cost.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Californians eligible for federal subsidies can determine out-of-pocket costs for medications and doctor and hospital visits, as well as maximum annual costs. </span></p> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 20:16:49 +0000 Amy Quinton 10820 at http://kvpr.org Health Care Exchange Announces Benefit Plan Choices Insurance Commissioner Says Anthem Rate Increase Unreasonable http://kvpr.org/post/insurance-commissioner-says-anthem-rate-increase-unreasonable <p></p><div><p>Anthem Blue Cross of California is proposing an increase in health insurance rates for small employers. As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, the state’s Insurance Commissioner says the increase is unreasonable.</p></div><p>Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones says the rate increase proposed by Anthem Blue Cross would amount to 10.6 percent a year and ultimately affect more than a quarter of a million Californians. But Anthem’s Darrell Ng says it amounts to a 7.5 percent increase and would initially affect 52,000 members.</p> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 18:52:58 +0000 Amy Quinton 9179 at http://kvpr.org Insurance Commissioner Says Anthem Rate Increase Unreasonable Millions of Californians May Still Be Uninsured in 2019 http://kvpr.org/post/millions-californians-may-still-be-uninsured-2019 <p>Millions of Californians may still be living without health insurance five years after the full implementation of the federal health law.&nbsp;</p><p>A UC Berkeley and UCLA study projects two to three million Californians will have new health coverage by 2019. But co-author Ken Jacobs of the UC Berkeley Labor Center is looking at the other number.</p><p>“As many as 3 to 4 million Californians are predicted to remain uninsured.”</p> Thu, 20 Sep 2012 15:59:34 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 4276 at http://kvpr.org State Sets Minimum Benefits for Health Plans http://kvpr.org/post/state-sets-minimum-benefits-health-plans <p><em>CHCF Center for Health Reporting</em></p><p>SACRAMENTO – Californians now have a clearer picture of what health insurance will look like when major provisions of the federal health care law debut in 2014.</p><p>Acupuncture to treat pain and nausea will be covered, for example, as will tobacco cessation and vision screening.</p><p>But the jury’s still out on chiropractic care.</p><p>State lawmakers this week sent two bills to the governor that identify the services health insurance plans must cover starting in 2014 for individuals and small businesses.</p> Sat, 01 Sep 2012 13:00:03 +0000 Emily Bazar 3272 at http://kvpr.org State Sets Minimum Benefits for Health Plans California Workers Comp Bill Blasted By Disabled and Attorneys http://kvpr.org/post/california-workers-comp-bill-blasted-disabled-and-attorneys <p>California disabled workers and their attorneys are angered by a new workers’ compensation bill circulating through the Capitol. As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, the groups argue it harms severely injured workers the most.</p> Tue, 28 Aug 2012 01:10:24 +0000 Amy Quinton 2988 at http://kvpr.org Health Insurance Premium Rebates Headed to Californians http://kvpr.org/post/health-insurance-premium-rebates-headed-californians <p>Nearly two million Californians should receive a health insurance premium rebate this week. As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, the rebates are the result of the federal Affordable Care Act.</p><p>The federal law requires health insurers to spend at least 80 percent of their premium money on actual health costs, rather than marketing and other non-medical expenses. Insurers who don&rsquo;t meet that percentage are required to issue refunds. California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones says premium rebates total about $74 million, or about $65 per family.</p> Thu, 02 Aug 2012 22:04:27 +0000 Amy Quinton 1457 at http://kvpr.org