Covered Cal seeks care reforms

Covered California is moving aggressively to address quality of care issues via its new contracts with health insurers. Most contract provisions go into effect for the years 2017-19. The changes include a system for identifying and penalizing health care providers who provide substandard care. "We are creating a market that rewards quality over quantity and moves health reform forward in an impactful way," Covered California ... (More)

20 mil insured under Obamacare

An estimated 20 million U.S. adults have benefited from "gains in health insurance" since enactment of the Affordable Care Act six years ago, the government says. The uninsured rate for adults (ages 18 to 64) fell by 43 percent between October 2013 and early 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services said March 3. It cited a "dramatic and steady decline in the uninsured rate." "This is the lowest rate of uninsured we've ... (More)

439,000 newbies for Covered Cal

More than 439,000 Californians signed up for new health care coverage via the state's Obamacare operation, according to numbers for the 2016 open enrollment periods. About 14,000 of those signed up after the enrollment's official deadline, Covered California said Feb. 17. Overall, 1.57 million consumers chose or remained with health plans during the enrollment. That compares with 1.4 million in 2015, but the number of those ... (More)

Blue Shield tops enrollment

For the first time in three years, Blue Shield of California leads enrollment in the state's insurance exchange while Oscar, a closely watched newcomer, experienced a slow start. The Covered California exchange said it won’t release enrollment figures by company until later this month, and insurers declined to share specifics until then. But interviews with industry officials indicate some insurers, such as Blue Shield and Molina ... (More)

Young adults make strong showing

Covered California's youth movement continued for the 2016 enrollment, with young adults consisting of about 37 percent of signups, the state Obamacare operation said. That compares with 29 percent vs. the first open-enrollment period. Overall, more than 425,000 consumers signed up for health care policies, Covered California said Feb. 4. That number will change as consumers have several more days to complete their applications ... (More)