Enrollment privacy bill signed

California's Obamacare customers who don't complete their application forms won't be hearing from insurance agents in the future, as the governor signed a bill that bars sharing of their data with private companies. Sponsor state Sen. Joel Anderson's statement about the signing said: "Before this bill, Covered California shared consumers' personal information with private companies without permission due to a security loophole, ... (More)

11 health insurers set for ’17

California's private insurance marketplace under Obamacare confirmed the 11 companies set to participate in 2017. Almost all consumers in California (92.6 percent) will be able to choose from three or more carriers, the state Obamacare operation said, and all will have at least two to select from. More than 93 percent of state hospitals will be available through at least one Covered California health insurance company in 2017, ... (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)