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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 2013 | By Melanie Mason
RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. -- Officials at the kickoff of Covered California, the state's health insurance exchange, celebrated the "historic" launch of the centerpiece of the Affordable Care Act and said they were undaunted by the federal government shutdown. A bevy of state health officials and lawmakers gathered in the Rancho Cordova service headquarters of Covered California on Tuesday morning to mark the first day of open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act. Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, said the federal government shutdown, which began at midnight, would not have an effect on the exchange's operations.
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BUSINESS
January 30, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
A group seeking to reform the state's unemployment insurance system kicked off its campaign Thursday outside an Employment Development Department office in South Los Angeles. Backed by the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, the group was formed in response to a troubled computer upgrade at the EDD that delayed unemployment checks to 150,000 Californians. The computer glitch snared payments to the state's unemployed, leading to a November oversight hearing, and most recently, a request by a lawmaker for additional state funding and an audit to ease problems with the beleaguered state agency.
NEWS
January 13, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- As senators narrowed their differences on a proposal to break a stalemate over unemployment insurance, congressional leaders reached agreement late Monday on a $1-trillion spending package to avoid a government shutdown this week. The intense day of private negotiations on Capitol Hill shows a Congress that is trying to move past the partisan brinkmanship that has paralyzed the legislative process in recent years. Republicans, in particular, have calculated that voters are tired of the gamesmanship and want the federal government to provide basic services.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 2012 | By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times
The state of California is likely to receive tens of millions of dollars more from insurance companies to clean up the Stringfellow Acid Pits toxic waste dump as a result of a ruling Thursday by the California Supreme Court. In a unanimous decision, the high court said consecutive insurance policies by various companies required each to pay up to their policy limits for damage caused by the Riverside County waste site. The companies wanted to restrict liability to just a share of the damage that occurred during the time each insurer's policy was in effect.
BUSINESS
May 20, 1992
Allstate Insurance Co. released its annual list containing information about which cars are the most and least expensive to insure. The list is based on such factors as which cars suffer more damage in accidents, cost more to repair and are stolen more often. Much lower than avg. Chrysler 5th Avenue Dodge Caravan Dodge Grand Caravan Plymouth Voyager Plymouth Grand Voyager Saab 9000 Volvo 240 Much higher than avg.
NEWS
April 24, 1988
"The Fight of Their Lives" was both illuminating and forthright. I thought that most of the information was accurate: that the implications both for the public and the health care industry are enormous and all bad. Simross and Johnston touched on two vicious lapses in the practice of insurance, permitted by law, that have needed to be changed for some time. The changes needed are not solely to combat abuses that can, do and will arise out of AIDS claims, but other illnesses as well.
OPINION
May 3, 2010
The state insurance commissioner is one of the most powerful consumer advocates in California, wielding unique influence over how auto, property and health coverage is priced and sold. With the current occupant, Republican Steve Poizner, running for governor, the race has attracted three state assemblymen who are barred by term limits from seeking reelection — Dave Jones (D-Sacramento), Hector de la Torre (D-South Gate) and Mike Villines (R-Clovis). Brian D. Fitzgerald, a longtime enforcement attorney in the Department of Insurance, faces Villines in the GOP primary, and four candidates are running unopposed in smaller parties.
NEWS
February 15, 2010 | Brendan Borrell, Los Angeles Times
Should the government force everyone to purchase health insurance? Few topics in the healthcare debate are more controversial than the so-called individual mandate, which would fine citizens without insurance and lies at the heart of the now-stalled healthcare bills in Congress. President Barack Obama has said that a major goal of healthcare reform is to reduce the number of legal residents who are uninsured (currently estimated at 17% of adults). One strategy is for the government to require insurance to be sold at a fixed price regardless of preexisting conditions, but in that case, many people might wait until they get sick before they purchased insurance, which could bankrupt the system.
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