State: Insurers misled consumers

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State regulators say Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of California provided "untrue" or "misleading" information about physicians connected with their health care policies sold via Covered California. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield account for more than half of the business done on the state Obamacare health-care exchange. Both of the insurance giants responded that there were problems with the state's methodology, but admitted ... (More)

Covered Cal aims for 1.7 million

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The state Obamacare operation says it's ready to sign up another 500,000 Californians in the enrollment period that began Nov. 15. That would bring total enrollment to 1.7 million state residents. "There still is a lot of work to do, because an estimated 3.2 million people still are uninsured in California," Covered California chief Peter Lee said as open enrollment began for the 2015 coverage year. The enrollment period -- the ... (More)

Lee rolls out Obamacare bus tour

Peter Lee heads Covered California

Covered California chief Peter Lee and associates are hitting the road to promote the coming open-enrollment season, which begins Nov. 15. Lee is undertaking a nine day bus tour that'll hit 21 cities in California -- including the big three of Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego. The big show appears to be in front of Los Angeles' city hall on Nov. 14. As with other stops, Lee and company will be joined by "community partners ... (More)

Jones wins, but Prop. 45 doesn’t

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California's Proposition 45, which would have given the state insurance commissioner veto power over private health insurance rate hikes, was soundly defeated in the Nov. 4 election. Newly re-elected insurance commissioner Dave Jones continues to have little say on rate increases for individual and small-business customers of the state's health insurance providers. Jones campaigned for Prop. 45, putting him at odds again with the ... (More)

Covered Cal web site ailing again

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Reports of new troubles on the Covered California continue to come in, just weeks before the start of open enrollment for the Obamacare operation's second year. One broker told the Sacramento Business Journal that he'd been unable to make changes to health insurance plans for clients for several weeks. He called it "the same nightmare as last year." While had its share of issues in the initial enrollment ... (More)