Keyword: Covered California
The final tally for Healthcare.gov sign-ups is 8.7 million—a slight dip from the previously announced 8.8 million enrollment total.
From Kaiser Health News: Covered California, the state’s ACA exchange, is wielding a monster marketing budget that devotes $45 million to ads.
From California Healthline: California has fined Anthem Blue Cross $5 million for repeatedly failing to resolve consumer grievances in a timely manner.
From Kaiser Health News: California’s health exchange has ordered insurers to add a surcharge to certain policies next year.
From Kaiser Health News: California and other states will exempt themselves from a federal rule that cuts the ACA open enrollment period in half.
From California Healthline: For about 60,000 Covered California customers, there will be only one insurer left in their communities next year.
Covered California reports that premiums are expected to rise an average of 12.5% in 2018, and that Anthem will significantly reduce its presence in the state.
From California Healthline: Medi-Cal patients are swamping California emergency rooms in greater numbers than they did before the Affordable Care Act took effect, despite predictions that the health law would ease the burden on ERs
From Kaiser Health News, which publishes California Healthline: The healthcare industry thrives on ordering up tests and treatments, but some hospitals are urging restraint.
From Kaiser Health News: California’s health exchange and a major insurer pressed Republican leaders to clear up confusion about their plans for parts of the ACA.