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Real choices…

Last week’s passage of key state health reform implementation legislation mostly focused on the bills–SB900 and AB1602–setting up the California exchange, the new purchasing pool where many Californians–especially those not getting coverage through large employers–will be getting their coverage. California may well be the first in the country to pass a law, post-reform, to create […]

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Once a year is enough!

If you can believe it, the health insurance industry’s argument Tuesday against restricting rate hikes to once a year was that an incremental sprinkling of increases every few months would help consumers deal with sticker shock. Of AB 2042, a bill to limit insurance companies to just one premium increase annually, a lobbyist for health […]

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The suspense is over

This report, prepared as the last week for fiscal committees to take action is winding down, is by Health Access advocate Beth Capell: Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee took action on numerous important health measures; some of the news is good, some of it is bad. In a very difficult state budget year in the […]

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When the last resort isn’t available.

As much outrage as there is about rescissions, there’s a larger-scale problem of people being denied for pre-existing conditions. David Lazarus at the Los Angeles Times has a heartbreaking story of one such couple. The state’s safety-net program for those denied for private coverage due to their health status is full. It has a waiting […]

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Unprotected while paying premiums

It’s incredibly hard to buy health coverage as an individual, and it’s harder to figure out what you actually are covered for, reports Anna Wilde Matthews at the Wall Street Journal in “The Importance of Deciphering Your Insurance.” She reports on the problems, and also cites California’s AB786(Jones)–which just passed the Assembly this week–as part […]

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New report details lack of competition in CA…

As insurance company executives from around the nation congregate to San Diego on Wednesday June 3rd, 2009, Health Access, as part of the Health Care for America Now campaign, released a new report today showing that consolidation in the private health insurance industry is creating skyrocketing premiums for both patients and employers. In California , […]

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Some "high risk" reforms…

Our new Health Access colleague, Cynthia Craft, reports from today’s Senate Health Committee, which passed some key health measures today. Of particular note was two bills to assist those who are denied for “pre-existing conditions,” and thus cannot get health insurance at any price: SB 227, Alquist (D), would launch an overdue overhaul of the […]

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