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California, Other States To Extend Obamacare Sign-Up Beyond Federal Limit

California and several other states will exempt themselves this year from a new Trump administration rule that cuts in half the amount of time consumers have to buy individual health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. In California, lawmakers are contemplating legislation that would circumvent the rule in future years, too. The Trump administration’s rule

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For Millions Of Insured Californians, State Health Laws Don’t Apply

True or false? If you’re a Californian with private health insurance, you have the right to an appointment within a certain number of hours or days, depending on the severity of your condition. Your health plan’s provider directory is legally required to be updated and accurate. A new state law protects you against nasty surprise

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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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