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California Healthline: One Year Later: What Worked for Covered Calif. and What To Expect in November

by Michelle Stuckey

Oct. 1 was the one-year anniversary of California’s health insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act. After some growing pains in the first year, officials are preparing to launch its second open enrollment period next month. 131 more words

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NY Times: U.S. Finds Many Failures in Medicare Health Plans

By ROBERT PEAR 

WASHINGTON — Federal officials say they have repeatedly criticized, and in many cases penalized, Medicare health plans for serious deficiencies, including the improper rejection of claims for medical services and unjustified limits on coverage of prescription drugs. 97 more words

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KHN: Many On Medicaid See Boost In Benefits As Economy Improves

By Phil Galewitz

With an improving fiscal climate, many states are increasing benefits for Medicaid recipients and paying their providers more.

The trend is continuing into fiscal year 2015 for those who rely on Medicaid, the state and federal health insurance program for the poor, … 146 more words

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KHN: Consumers Whose Income Drops Below Poverty Get Break On Subsidy Payback

By Michelle Andrews

Right about now, some low-income people who just barely qualified for subsidies on the health insurance marketplace are starting to worry: What if my income for the year ends up below the poverty level? 166 more words

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KPCC: Covered California plans changes to make buying insurance easier

Covered California officials on Thursday announced several changes the agency will implement in an effort to make signing up for health insurance easier during the second round of open enrollment, which begins Nov. 112 more words

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California Healthline: State Unveils Health Plan Report Cards

by David Gorn

On Wednesday, the state released its annual report cards that rate health plans and medical groups for consumers.

“This is a pretty big day for us,” said Beth Abbott, the new director of the Office of the Patient Advocate, which puts out the report cards. 94 more words

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California Healthline: 159,000 Medi-Cal Applications Remain Backlogged

As of early this month, state officials said there is a backlog of 159,000 Medi-Cal applications in California.

Read article here: http://www.californiahealthline.org/articles/2014/10/14/159000-medical-applications-remain-backlogged

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