Covered California Announces 2016 Rate Increase

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Covered California announced its rates for 2016 and unveiled which health insurance companies will be offering plans through the marketplace. The statewide weighted average increase will be 4 percent, which is lower than last year’s increase of 4.2 percent and represents a dramatic change from the trends that individuals faced in the…

LGBT and Covered CA- What You Should Know

Health coverage for same-sex married couples For coverage starting in 2015, an insurance company that offers health coverage to opposite-sex spouses must do the same for same-sex spouses. Many insurers already offer this protection. Protections against discrimination As long as a couple is married in a jurisdiction with legal authority to authorize the marriage, an…

Physician Participation in Medi-Cal: Does California Have Enough Doctors?

Physician Participation in Medi-Cal: Ready for the Enrollment Boom? Janet M. Coffman, Denis Hulett, Margaret Fix, and Andrew B. Bindman, University of California, San Francisco Will California physicians be able to handle the Medi-Cal population surge? This report looks at physician participation in Medi-Cal and implications for access to care. August 2014 Recent and projected…

How will the Obamacare Subsidy debate effect me?

If you live in California, it won’t.  Opponents of the Healthcare Reform (ACA) are attempting to use the literal translation of the Act to dismantle it.  The federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. ruled that the federal government may not subsidize health insurance plans for federally run Exchanges.  California is one of the 16 that…