Provider directories draw fines

California has fined Blue Shield and Anthem Blue Cross for using inaccurate directories of providers for state Obamacare networks. Blue Shield of California was fined $350,000 and Anthem was fined $250,000, the California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) announced Nov. 3. The problems date back to early 2014, when the state began receiving complaints about the network directories. The state subsequently found significant ... (More)

Promo push for African Americans

Covered California is reaching out to uninsured African Americans, seeking to spread the work about subsidized offerings in places "where they live, work, pray and play." A new marketing and outreach campaign seeks to increase African-American enrollments in the state's health coverage program. Black consumers lag behind other ethnicities in awareness of subsidies offered via the state's Obamacare operation, research ... (More)

Uninsured unclear on subsidies

More than a third of those without health insurance in California are unaware of the financial incentives offered via the state's Obamacare operation, a report says. "We cannot ignore the reality that too many uninsured Californians still don't know they can get financial help to buy brand-name insurance through Covered California," said the organization's executive director, Peter Lee. The third open enrollment period under the ... (More)

Covered Cal: 2 million served

Covered California says it has provided healthcare insurance services to more than 2 million consumers since it began offering coverage in 2014. The state Obamacare operation issued an "Active Member Profile" that categorizes its current 1.3 million current consumers based on ethnicity, age, income, region, county, ZIP code, carrier and metal tier. Covered California also looked at the insurance buyers who walked away. Most gained ... (More)

Small business rules amended

President Obama has signed legislation that makes a significant change in the health law's small business rules, following a rare bipartisan effort to amend the health law. The revision updates the definition of "small employer" under the health law so that companies with 51 to 100 workers will not become subject to the small group insurance reform provisions next year. Instead, the new law allows those companies to continue as large ... (More)