From too few doctors, to state regulators who weren’t enforcing the law, the set backs and successes of the state’s health care exchange have been the topic of many ConsumerWatch reports this year. Now, the new laws in the New Year could fix some of the most significant issues facing Covered California. Julie Watts reports.
Proposition 45, which asked voters if they want the state insurance commissioner to regulate health care rates for small businesses and individual health plans, appeared to be heading toward defeat Tuesday.
With almost a year under its belt, has the Affordable Care Act impact as many people as it originally set out to?
Health insurance companies in California may not refuse to cover the cost of abortions, state insurance officials have ruled in a reversal of policy stemming from the decision by two Catholic universities to drop elective abortions from their employee health plans.
The Chicago Cubs had fewer grounds crew members during Tuesday night’s so-called “Tarp Gate” game against the San Francisco Giants. A newspaper reported that the team recently reorganized staffing to possibly skirt insurance requirements under Obamacare.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.