Dave Jones http://kvpr.org en 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' 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 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 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