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To stop spiraling health insurance rates, we urge state officials to review rate increases for reasonableness, disclose an insurer’s rate calculations, and give consumers a voice in the review process. Policyholders have saved millions in states with a strong rate review process. Use this information to push for a better rate review process in your own state.

Rate Review

California Health Care Reform

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California Health Information Technology

Better Consumer Information

  • Getting signed up: Mia from California

    Mia is a self-employed mom from Oakland, California. She and her family had insurance before the Covered California opened for business. But, she says, “We had a terrible plan with a $12,500 deductible. The costs were going up every year – and in the past few years, they’d gone up every 6 months. Meanwhile, our Continue Reading

  • Share your experience: Managing your health online

    This month’s issue of Consumer Reports features an article about how consumers can take advantage of electronic medical records and patient portals to improve their quality of care. Now, we want to hear from you about your experience. Starting this year, doctors and some other healthcare providers will receive financial incentives from the Center for Continue Reading

  • Technology and Website Design Matter When It Comes to Selecting a Health Plan

    Cross-posted from the Center for Children and Families at Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute. This post is part of an ongoing series called Tech Tuesday which explores technology issues related to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. View more blogs in the series at Over the past two years, like many of you, I Continue Reading

  • Covered California delivers power to compare affordable health choices to consumers

    Covered California, the new statewide Marketplace for private health insurance, recently announced proposed rates it negotiated on behalf of Californians.

  • Covered California announces health plans, proposed rates

    Health insurance exchange offers plans eligible for subsidies, enables Californians to make smart choices

  • Demystifying Health Insurance Shopping for Consumers

    Covered California, California’s new marketplace that will transform the way consumers shop for affordable health insurance, announced bold action at a press conference today featuring Covered California’s Executive Director Peter Lee and Consumer Reports’ President Jim Guest  The event announced how Covered California will transform one of a consumer’s most dreaded tasks—shopping for health insurance—into Continue Reading

  • California health insurance exchange moving ahead

    California was the first state to set up the reform bill’s core feature, a health benefits exchange – a marketplace for consumers and small businesses to pick and choose among various insurance plans – that is scheduled to open in 2014.

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