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September 30, 2011
State law requires insurers to include coverage for autism in comprehensive healthcare policies. Now, lawmakers want to go a step further, requiring coverage of a particular autism treatment: applied behavioral analysis. Insurers are resisting. They don't question the effectiveness of the therapy; they just say it doesn't fit the definition of "medical" treatment. Their position reflects how crucial parts of the healthcare system are wedded to the status quo, regardless of what's best for patients.
November 1, 2011 | By Angela Woodall
For months after the 1991 Oakland hills fire reduced his home to a charred heap, Howard Matis would return from work, then close his eyes and imagine the contents of every drawer, shelf, cupboard and closet of his two-story bungalow. His was one of more than 3,300 single-family homes destroyed by the firestorm, which caused losses in excess of $1.5 billion. And while the ashes of their ruined houses were still smoldering, homeowners like Matis discovered that the safety net their insurance was supposed to provide was riddled with holes.
September 5, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Here's another item to add to the "That costs more in Los Angeles" list, and it isn't pretty: car insurance. The 10 most expensive ZIP Codes for car insurance in the state of California are all in the L.A. metro area. L.A. County is also the most expensive county in the state, while Beverly Hills wins the honor of most expensive city in the state to insure a vehicle. The findings are from a study commissioned by "Where you live is playing a big role in the rate you're paying," said Laura Adams, senior analyst for the website InsuranceQuotes.
August 23, 2013 | By Karen Ravn
Victoria Barzilai opened her mouth wide so the doctor could look at her sore throat. Not exactly a remarkable event, except that Barzilai was at home and the doctor was hundreds of miles away. Feeling too sick to drag herself to the school health center, the third-year UC Davis student had opted for a cyber-doctor visit, the 21st century version of a house call. A number of websites offer face-to-face consultations of the virtual kind to anyone with a credit card and access to a webcam-equipped computer.
December 31, 1990
The supporters of Proposition 103 were foolish to believe that any action short of recalling insurance commissioner Roxani Gillespie would provide relief from rising insurance companies. Her lame-duck actions reveal that the system doesn't have checks and balances, rather it favors the checks that don't bounce and large insurance companies' account balances. J. BRIAN AMSTER, Newport Beach
July 13, 1991 | Associated Press
New York state is investigating auto insurance companies for failing to give required discounts to consumers who have safety and anti-theft devices on their cars, officials said Friday. Attorney General Robert Abrams said car owners have been cheated out of as much as $30 million in New York--and more nationally--by insurance companies that advertise discounts and then don't give them.
November 19, 1988
Isn't it time for our government to start an InsureCare program so that, in addition to health care, people can buy automobile, household and other insurance at a reasonable, affordable price? If the government made only half the profit made by the insurance companies, it would go a long way toward paying off the deficit. So let the insurance companies in the private sector move to Siberia! MONROE RUBINGER Beverly Hills
August 17, 2012 | By Alain Enthoven
The California Health Benefits Exchange, established under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to offer subsidized private coverage to most of the uninsured, represents an excellent opportunity to improve the quality and cost of healthcare in this state. The exchange, which expects to start enrolling Californians in October 2013 with coverage to take effect in January 2014, creates a market in which informed consumers can choose the healthcare system that suits them best, and in which competing health plans have a strong incentive to improve value for money spent by consumers.
October 5, 2010 | By Noam N. Levey, Tribune Washington Bureau
The insurance industry is pouring money into Republican campaign coffers in hopes of scaling back wide-ranging regulations in the new healthcare law but preserving the mandate that Americans buy coverage. Since January, the nation's five largest insurers and the industry's Washington-based lobbying arm have given three times more money to Republican lawmakers and political action committees than to Democratic politicians and organizations. That is a marked change from 2009, when the industry largely split its political donations between the parties, according to federal election filings.
December 16, 2012
THE $2 BILLION TO BUY THE DODGERS $100 million: Guggenheim Partners Chief Executive Mark Walter $100 million: Guggenheim Partners President Todd Boehly $100 million: Texas energy investor Bobby Patton $50 million: Magic Johnson $25 million: Mandalay Entertainment Group Chairman Peter Guber $412 million: Debt assumption $1.213 billion: Guggenheim Partners insurance companies controlled by Walter The new owners also...
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