Healthcare Compare site unveiled

Having a baby in California? Your average out-of-pocket costs for an uncomplicated birth could cost a lot less in San Mateo County ($920) than in Alameda County ($1,300), Santa Clara County ($1,500) or Orange County ($1,800). Thinking about a knee replacement? You'll find a surprisingly wide variation in quality ratings among Bay Area hospitals for the procedure. These are among the insights from a new consumer web site ... (More)

California uninsured rate slashed

Providing "confirmation that California is making the Affordable Care Act work," a U.S. Census report found that the state's uninsured rate dropped to 12.4 percent in 2014. That's off considerably from the 17.2 percent of 2013, the last year before Obamacare coverage went into effect. Nationwide, the percentage of those without health insurance came in at 10.4 percent, compared with 2013's 13.3 percent. The U.S. Census Bureau ... (More)

9.9 million get 2015 Obamacare

About 9.9 million people continued with their healthcare insurance via the Affordable Care Act as of the end of June, the federal government said. California had the largest state enrollment, just under 1.4 million. Florida was next with roughly 1.3 million. The 9.9 million was down from 10.2 million reported at the end of the first quarter. The quarterly numbers were reported Sept. 9 by the federal Centers for Medicare and ... (More)

Obamacare support at peak in Calif.

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

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)