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For Covered California, Uncertainty Is The New Certainty

SACRAMENTO — Covered California’s board made several multimillion-dollar decisions Thursday, all addressing one unsettling theme: uncertainty. Over and over, board members blamed “uncertainty” at the federal level for interfering with their ability to finalize premiums for 2018 and prepare consumers for open enrollment, which begins Nov. 1. In response to that uncertainty, the board agreed to

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Medi-Cal Sued For Pushing Patients Into Managed Care Despite Judges’ Orders

Alondra Diaz can’t get enough of Elmo and Barney, and she adores picture books. The 14-year-old, who will enter high school next week, has several complex and debilitating medical conditions, including epilepsy, microcephaly and a mitochondrial disorder. Her long-standing team of doctors — a neurologist, geneticist, orthopedist, pediatrician and others — is primarily based at Cedars-Sinai

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Why A Pennsylvania Insurer’s Collapse Could Whack Californians In the Wallet

Health insurers across the country are on the hook for hundreds of millions of dollars in losses stemming from the recent insolvency of Penn Treaty American Corp., of Allentown, Pa., and its two subsidiaries. Insurance company failures are rare, but when they happen, other companies are responsible to help pay off the company’s claims and

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McCain Votes No, Derails ‘Skinny Repeal’ In Marathon Session

WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who interrupted brain cancer treatment to return to Capitol Hill and advance the health law repeal, cast the dramatic and decisive “no” vote in the early morning hours that upended the Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The Senate struggled late into the night to craft and

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Senate Parliamentarian Upends GOP Hopes For Health Bill

The official rules keeper in the Senate Friday tossed a bucket of cold water on the Senate Republican health bill by advising that major parts of the bill cannot be passed with a simple majority, but rather would require 60 votes. Republicans hold only 52 seats in the Senate. Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough said that

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