8% premium hikes expected in ’17

After a honeymoon period of several years, Covered California customers will be looking at a meaningful increase in premiums for 2017. The state Obamacare operation is predicting rate increases of 8 percent next year, it said in a budget proposal. That's double the 4 percent average of the past two years, but lower than projections elsewhere in the nation for Affordable Care Act marketplaces. Some consumer advocates said ... (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)

2016 rate increases average 4%

Obamacare rate increases in California will pretty much follow last year's script, officials say. Covered California announced an average hike in premiums of 4 percent, just under 2015's 4.2 percent. "This means the majority of Covered California consumers will either see a decrease in their health insurance premiums or an increase of less than 5 percent if they choose to keep their current plan," Covered California said in ... (More)

Covered Cal aims for 1.7 million

The state Obamacare operation says it's ready to sign up another 500,000 Californians in the enrollment period that began Nov. 15. That would bring total enrollment to 1.7 million state residents. "There still is a lot of work to do, because an estimated 3.2 million people still are uninsured in California," Covered California chief Peter Lee said as open enrollment began for the 2015 coverage year. The enrollment period -- the ... (More)

Jones wins, but Prop. 45 doesn’t

California's Proposition 45, which would have given the state insurance commissioner veto power over private health insurance rate hikes, was soundly defeated in the Nov. 4 election. Newly re-elected insurance commissioner Dave Jones continues to have little say on rate increases for individual and small-business customers of the state's health insurance providers. Jones campaigned for Prop. 45, putting him at odds again with the ... (More)