Lawmakers: Fix pregnancy snafu

Sixteen members of California's congressional delegation are calling on Covered California to quickly fix a problem that has caused some pregnant women to be dropped from their health plans and enrolled in Medi-Cal without prior notice or consent. Led by congressman Ami Bera and congresswoman Lois Capps, the lawmakers sent a letter Thursday to Diana Dooley, secretary of the state's Health and Human Services Agency, and to Covered ... (More)

Dental plans set by Covered Calif.

California's Obamacare operation is offering new "family" dental plans to its 2015 offerings, in addition to the previously announced pediatric dental expansion. The dental plans that offer care to adults are stand-alone and come with no financial assistance. Covered California said the idea was "to offer affordable dental coverage to adults that was not available in 2014." The family dental plans sold by Covered California are ... (More)

Kids dental folded into family plans

Insurers selling healthcare via the Obamacare organization in California must offer children's dental coverage as of 2015. Pediatric dental coverage currently is offered as a standalone policy via Covered California, at extra charge. As of 2015, it will be embedded in all family healthcare policies, the board decided. Less than a third of children (27 percent) signed up for health insurance via Covered California also are enrolled ... (More)

Calif. kids dental plans still separate

Covered California won't backtrack on its plan to offer children's dental care as a separate insurance transaction in 2014, officials said. The state insurance commissioner and some children's services activists have criticized the health insurance exchange's decision not to roll dental care for young people into basic family plans. The so-called pediatric dental coverage -- which actually covers people up to age 19 -- will be ... (More)