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Governor Brown: Don’t make Californians choose between getting care and losing their homes

Take action: Tell Governor Jerry Brown to sign SB1124.  Older Californians shouldn’t have to choose between getting health insurance and losing their homes – but that’s the choice I’m facing after finding out about California’s policy of recovering the assets of those over 55 on Medi-Cal after they die. I bought my home in San Continue Reading

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Surprise! Your anesthesiologist is out-of-network

Lisa N. from Santa Cruz, California, wrote to us sharing her medical bill-shock story from a recent pregnancy. When the time came, Lisa checked in to her local in-network hospital and used her in-network gynecologist and the approved in-network neonatologist. She hadn’t been planning on getting an epidural, but ended up needing one. “Did I Continue Reading

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Barry knew his daughter’s ER visit might be expensive – but he wasn’t expecting a $55,000 bill

When Barry’s daughter was in a car accident, she was rushed to the hospital by ambulance. He immediately went to the hospital to meet her. She had no broken bones and didn’t need any stitches, but Barry says the hospital staff insisted on her staying at the hospital for at least four hours while they Continue Reading

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$2,000 for two bags of saline? One former nurse says something’s gotta give

There’s a basic problem with the cost of medical care: when you really need help, you’re not exactly in a position to negotiate. Even the most well informed patients can fall victim to the system, as Sandra from Huntington Beach, Calif. recently discovered. As a retired operating room nurse of 30 years, Sandra,knows a thing Continue Reading

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Your health care now has a username and password

By Dena Mendelsohn This is the first in a series of blogs on health information technology.  Can you schedule an appointment with your doctor online? Or log on and check out your medical history? Maybe you’re in contact with your doctor via email? Or you wear one of those nifty new wristbands that aim to Continue Reading

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Obamacare affordability “glitch” hits home for New Jersey family

We wrote recently about the “family glitch” where unsuspecting families get left out of new health insurance coverage options under Obamacare because of a flaw in how affordability is calculated. Jack’s family is one. As a full time casino dealer in New Jersey, Jack’s employer offers health insurance. His wife is a stay-at-home mom, taking care of Continue Reading

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Consumers demand transparency, health insurance rates remain hidden

We have to admit it. We can’t figure out what the folks in Washington, D.C., overseeing health insurance, are thinking. Instead of releasing the information about proposed insurance rates for next year – so consumer groups like ours have time to fight unfair rate hikes before they go into effect – the people over at Continue Reading

Posted by Blake Hutson in Rate Review | 9 Comments »

Outrageous Bills – Bad Insurance?

When June’s son dislocated his shoulder while playing basketball at school, it was an easy decision to take him to the hospital, because the Florida family thought that they had a good health insurance plan.  At the hospital, doctors took an X-ray, gave her son morphine for the pain, and manually put his shoulder back Continue Reading

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Trend setters: how much does the cost of health care increase each year?

(This is the 4th in a series of blogs on health insurance rate review) As we explained in our earlier blog posts, health insurance companies are starting to submit to state and federal officials information on what health insurance plans they will offer and at what price. A major factor in how insurers decide what prices to charge is the projected medical Continue Reading

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Legislation introduced to fix “family glitch” in Obamacare

Obamacare has helped more than 8 million Americans get affordable health care coverage to date and introduced an array of new consumer protections like ending discrimination based on your health history. Attention is now shifting to remaining health reform issues like closing the coverage gap in states that didn’t expand Medicaid and bringing down the overall cost Continue Reading

Posted by Sarah Melecki in Expanding Coverage | 6 Comments »
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