Obamacare support at peak in Calif.

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The Affordable Care Act is enjoying unprecedented and widespread support in California as it enters its third signup period. More than 60 percent of voters support the healthcare reform law, with just 33 percent opposed, according to a new California Field Poll. That 62 percent support rating is up from 56 percent shown in the Field Poll of 2014. "While views about the ACA remain highly partisan, for the first time, majorities ... (More)

Calif. low-rated on narrow nets

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Three-quarters of California's Obamacare health plans offer narrow physician networks, according to a new nationwide survey. That's among the most restricted showings in the country, the University of Pennsylvania study showed. Narrow networks are defined as those including fewer than a quarter of the physicians working in an area. Insurers often limit the number of health care providers in a network in order to save ... (More)

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)