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(CBS SF)

Bay Area Family Satisfied With Covered California, Location May Play Role

For months, KPIX 5 ConsumerWatch has investigated dozens of complaints from people on Covered California. A Contra Costa County family describes their positive experience on the insurance exchange.

07/09/2014

Birth control pills. (Tim Matsui/Getty Images)

Pelosi Pushes Bill Prohibiting Employers From Denying Contraception Benefits Over Religious Beliefs

House Democrat leader Nancy Pelosi has offered her support for a bill introduced by two Democratic lawmakers that would prohibit for-profit employers from using religious beliefs to deny employees coverage of contraception.

07/09/2014

(CBS SF)

Covered California May Not Keep Track Of Complaints From Consumers

The exchange has insisted it is working to fix problems, but KPIX 5 ConsumerWatch has found that Covered California may not even realize the scope of what needs to be fixed since the agency isn’t actually tracking complaints.

07/02/2014

Birth control pills. (Tim Matsui/Getty Images)

Supreme Court Rules Corporations Aren’t Required To Cover Contraception

The justices’ 5-4 decision Monday is the first time that the high court has ruled that profit-seeking businesses can hold religious views under federal law. And it means the Obama administration must search for a different way of providing free contraception to women who are covered under objecting companies’ health insurance plans.

06/30/2014

(CBS SF)

State Investigating Flawed Covered California Doctor Lists From Insurers

For months, KPIX 5 ConsumerWatch has been investigating consumer complaints about Covered California insurance policies. The months long investigation uncovered everything from too few doctors to complaints of insurance bait and switch.

06/24/2014

(CBS)

Shifting Some Public Employees To Obamacare Would Save Billions, Stanford Study Concludes

According to a new study from Stanford University, local and state governments could save billions of dollars on their health care costs if they were to shift thousands of public employees over to Obamacare.

06/23/2014

Spending Plan

Gov. Brown Signs Spending Plan That Expands Medi-Cal While Continuing Budget Cuts

Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed a budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year that accommodates an influx of uninsured residents into Medi-Cal yet leaves in place a 10 percent recession-era cut to most doctors, dentists and other health care providers who treat Medi-Cal patients.

06/21/2014

(CBS SF)

State Investigating Covered California Insurers After KPIX 5 Reports On Customers Not Finding Doctors

State regulators are investigating whether two large insurance companies, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of California, may have broken state laws by misleading customers who signed up for their plans through Covered California.

06/20/2014

A healthcare reform specialist helps people select insurance plans at the free Affordable Care Act (ACA) Enrollment Fair at Pasadena City College on November 19, 2013 in Pasadena, California. The event, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and the Los Angeles Association of Health Underwriters, offers one-on-one sessions with insurance experts certified by Covered California to help people enroll for healthcare coverage under the ACA. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Anthem Covered California Customer Unable To Find Nearby Doctor, Said He Was Told To Cancel Plan

For months, KPIX 5 ConsumerWatch has been reporting that many newly-insured consumers on Covered California haven’t been able to find a doctor under their new plans. Now, even insurers are telling some they are out of luck.

05/21/2014

(CBS SF)

Insurer Admits Nearly 1,000 Doctors Wrongly Placed On Covered California Provider List

Two months after KPIX 5 ConsumerWatch first reported about some doctors listed on the Covered California exchange were actually not accepting the plans, insurer Anthem Blue Cross admitted that nearly 1,000 doctors were erroneously listed.

04/21/2014

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