2016 rate increases average 4%

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Obamacare rate increases in California will pretty much follow last year's script, officials say. Covered California announced an average hike in premiums of 4 percent, just under 2015's 4.2 percent. "This means the majority of Covered California consumers will either see a decrease in their health insurance premiums or an increase of less than 5 percent if they choose to keep their current plan," Covered California said in ... (More)

7.5 mil paid fine for no coverage

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About 7.5 million Americans paid an average penalty of $200 for not having health insurance in 2014 -- the first year most Americans were required to have coverage under the Affordable Care Act, the IRS said Tuesday. By contrast, 76 percent of taxpayers checked a box indicating they had qualifying insurance coverage all year. Counting another 7 million dependents who were not required to report their coverage but also filed returns, ... (More)

Health-care uninsured rate at low

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The U.S. uninsured rate for health care fell to 11.4 percent in the second quarter of 2015, reflecting sharp declines among minorities and lower-income groups, researchers say. The 11.4 percent mark for adults is the lowest recorded since the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index began in 2008. The uninsured rate has dropped nearly six percentage points since the fourth quarter of 2013, just before the requirement for Americans to ... (More)

Obamacare wins at high court

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The Affordable Care Act survived its second do-or-die Supreme Court test in three years, raising odds for its survival but by no means ending the legal and political assaults on it five years after it became law. The 6-3 ruling, a major win for the White House, stopped a challenge that would have erased tax-credit subsidies in at least 34 states for individuals and families buying insurance through the federal government’s online ... (More)

Marketing shift for Covered Cal

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Covered California has hired a new marketing vendor, with the emphasis on outreach to minorities, young adults and the gay communities. Campbell Ewald has been awarded a three-year marketing contract of $50 million per year, replacing Weber Shandwick, which handled Covered California's first and second years in the health care market. Meanwhile, Ogilvy Public Relations won a three-year contract for $2 million per year, extending ... (More)