Posts Tagged ‘Health Care Reform’

Lawsuits and proposed laws center of narrow networks

Monday, March 30th, 2015

Health insurers are relying on a narrower list of health provider networks because, under health reform, they compete on price and can’t vary copayments or deductibles. As a result, insurers eliminate medical providers who can’t meet their cost expectations, Center Director Gerald Kominski said in a California Healthline story. But the backlash against narrow … [ Read full post ]

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Confusion over effects of Proposition 45

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

About a million Californians who have health coverage not purchased on the state exchange could have their premium increases kept in check with the passage of Proposition 45, said Dylan Roby, the director of the Center’s Health Economics and Evaluation program, in a Capital Public Radio report. But Covered California, which negotiates its … [ Read full post ]

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Basic health price information = lower health costs

Monday, June 9th, 2014

A column in the Sacramento Bee about Assembly Bill 1558 – a state measure that would help make the price of health care services and procedures more transparent — cites Center Director Gerald Kominski: “Price transparency is the missing piece” in lowering health care costs.

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Column: “Their future is our future”

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Giving undocumented immigrants access to health coverage would strengthen California both economically and socially, Associate Center Director Steven P. Wallace, Enrico Marcelli and Manuel Pastor write in a Sacramento Bee Op-Ed column, saying “their future is our future.” Read the column.

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Webinar: A look back at Year One of the health exchange

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

After initial glitches, the Covered California health enrollment website was a big success, the Center’s Gerald Kominski said in a recent webinar, and the “Shop and Compare” tool was “particularly useful.” A change he’d like to see: an easier way to set up an online account, which was “frustrating and unnecessarily time-consuming.”

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Health enrollments in Orange County triple what expected

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

In Orange County, 131,804 people enrolled in Covered California health plans – nearly triple the baseline forecast by the state exchange, according to an Orange County Register story. People “were very pragmatic and put politics aside” in the conservative-leaning county, said the Center’s Shana Alex Lavarreda.

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