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Covered CA Board Takes Big Steps on Standardized Benefit Design and Quality/Equity Measures; Considers New Barriers to Special Enrollment

Thursday’s Covered California Board meeting, the first since the last day of open enrollment 2013, offered a deep dive on the standardized benefit designs and the quality/equity framework that will guide contracting with insurers for the next 3-year cycle (2017-2019), and a heated discussion about the new documentation requirements that insurers are calling for to qualify […]

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Blue Shield’s Obligations as a Nonprofit, Post ACA: New Health Access Issue Brief for Community Discussion

With a DMHC hearing pending, Health Access is pleased to release a new issue brief for dialogue and open discussion: “What is the Role of a Nonprofit Insurer? Should the Affordable Care Act Change the Expectations of Insurers with a Public Service Mission?” New questions have arisen about what it means to be a nonprofit […]

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Anthem Blue Cross Reduces Rate Increase for Small Businesses

Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones announced today that Anthem Blue Cross will be reducing a proposed quarterly premium increase from 6% to 3%. This will impact approximately 18,000 Californians. Commissioner Jones was able to review the company’s rate increase proposal based on legislation that was passed last year (SB1163 Leno) that requires insurers to justify their […]

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Anthem Blue Cross Shamelessly Advances Unreasonable Rate Hike…

Californians and consumers should be outraged today by Anthem Blue Cross’ decision to impose an unfair rate increase on 120,000 Californians, even after its regulator, the California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC), declared the rate hike “unreasonable” under a new law today. Anthem Blue Cross is shameless and irresponsible in continuing to raise health […]

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Scrutiny matters, part II…

More good news about why increased oversight–both legislatively and regulatorily–makes a difference. Less than a week after Blue Shield of California decided to withdraw its rate increases for the remainder of 2011, Anthem Blue Cross announced their intent to delay and reduce its most recently proposed health insurance rate increase. It’s welcome news, and well-timed […]

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Anthem Assembly member Mike Feuer (D-Los Angeles) has issued a statement in response to Anthem Blue Cross’s decision to suspend sales of new child-only policies beginning September 23, the date that key elements of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) take effect: “At a time when we are launching a national approach […]

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The key bills in this week’s legislative battle…

This week, California legislators will decide whether to institute new patient protections, to provide consumers with greater access and affordability for coverage, and to implement and improve the new federal health law. Victoria Colliver at the San Francisco Chronicle reports on some of the bills heading to a final deadline. Here are key bills that […]

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The Empire Strikes Back…

They’re back… Anthem Blue Cross of California infamously opposed health reform both in California, and nationally–as we document on the website www.sickofbluecross.com. Now the company has come out against the flagship bills to implement health reform. Anthem Blue Cross is circulating a floor alert opposing AB1602 and SB900, the bills that would set up the […]

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