California lawmakers have taken their first step toward passing new consumer protections under the federal health care overhaul, such as guaranteeing coverage even with pre-existing conditions
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The state Assembly has passed a set of bills intended to broaden the mental health and health care services covered by private insurance plans.
A key legislative committee approved a bill Thursday to give state regulators the power to reject proposed health insurance rate increases, but the measure faces a stiff fight on the California Senate floor.
Some have been forced in this economy to drop their pricey medical insurance. A Loomis man without coverage says first responders forced him to the hospital after his motorcycle crash. Now he faces more than $40,000 in bills he doesn’t feel he should have to pay.
Customers of three California health insurers will get some breathing room after the companies agreed to delay rate increases for 60 days.
Anthem Blue Cross is hiking rates 9.8 percent on average for individual insurance policyholders, on the heels of a rate hike in October that averaged 14 percent.
Blue Shield of California is seeking another round of rate hikes that would mean a cumulative increase averaging over 30 percent over a five-month span for nearly 200,000 policy holders.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has appointed two members of his administration to a board that will oversee California’s implementation of the new federal health care law.
California’s seven largest health insurers face nearly $5 million in fines for allegedly failing to pay hospitals and physicians fairly and on time.
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