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November 19, 2010 | By Duke Helfand, Los Angeles Times
Most major health insurers in California do a poor job of paying claims and providing customer service for members in preferred provider organization plans, according to a new state survey. The evaluation by the California Department of Insurance comes as many workers assess their healthcare options this month before enrolling for another year of insurance benefits through PPO plans that serve 2.5 million people statewide. In the quality report card, Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield of California, Health Net Inc., UnitedHealthcare and Cigna Corp.
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April 17, 2014 | David Lazarus
Dr. Theodore Corwin, a plastic surgeon in Thousand Oaks for the last 30 years, has had run-ins with insurers before, but never one so aggravating - and pointless - as this. A 26-year-old woman recently came to his office complaining of back, neck and shoulder pain, as well as numbness in her hands and arms, resulting from her unusually ample bust. She's 5-foot-6, not overweight, Corwin said. She wanted a breast reduction. "There seemed to be no question that her pain and numbness was caused by her carrying this excessive weight," Corwin told me. "It seemed like a straightforward diagnosis.
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April 21, 2010 | Duke Helfand
College students about to graduate and other young adults in danger of losing healthcare coverage under their parents' policies may get a break. Three of the nation's largest health insurers announced this week that young adults can remain under their parents' policies until Sept. 23, when a new federal law guarantees them coverage. UnitedHealthcare, WellPoint Inc. and Humana Inc. said they will not wait until President Obama's new healthcare reforms take effect. They include provisions allowing young adults to remain under their parents' health plans until age 26. Other companies may follow their lead, federal officials said.
NEWS
July 20, 2012 | By Patt Morrison
WWHD? What would Dr. Gregory House, television's diagnostician extraordinaire, do at being snubbed in his last chance for an Emmy for his idiopathic series,"House"? Well, that's the beauty part. He wouldn't give a bedpan. Emmy nominations 2012: Snubs and surprises Now, how Hugh Laurie, the actor who plays House so smashingly, may feel about wrapping up his eight-year series as a six-time Emmy bridesmaid, without even a nomination this time, I do not know. He joins the august shutout ranks of Angela Lansbury (18 nominations)
BUSINESS
April 17, 2014 | David Lazarus
Dr. Theodore Corwin, a plastic surgeon in Thousand Oaks for the last 30 years, has had run-ins with insurers before, but never one so aggravating - and pointless - as this. A 26-year-old woman recently came to his office complaining of back, neck and shoulder pain, as well as numbness in her hands and arms, resulting from her unusually ample bust. She's 5-foot-6, not overweight, Corwin said. She wanted a breast reduction. "There seemed to be no question that her pain and numbness was caused by her carrying this excessive weight," Corwin told me. "It seemed like a straightforward diagnosis.
NEWS
October 1, 2010
The government on Friday added price information to its new website, www.HealthCare.gov , that allows consumers to shop more readily for health insurance on the Internet. The information isn’t precise:  The premium costs quoted are estimates only.  But it’s valuable nonetheless, highlighting variations between different insurance policies and their potential pocketbook impact. As with many of the government’s healthcare sites, it takes a bit of effort to access the information.
NEWS
July 20, 2012 | By Patt Morrison
WWHD? What would Dr. Gregory House, television's diagnostician extraordinaire, do at being snubbed in his last chance for an Emmy for his idiopathic series,"House"? Well, that's the beauty part. He wouldn't give a bedpan. Emmy nominations 2012: Snubs and surprises Now, how Hugh Laurie, the actor who plays House so smashingly, may feel about wrapping up his eight-year series as a six-time Emmy bridesmaid, without even a nomination this time, I do not know. He joins the august shutout ranks of Angela Lansbury (18 nominations)
BUSINESS
September 3, 2009 | Carol J. Williams
The nation's two largest health insurers have been pressuring employees to lobby against healthcare reform in Congress in violation of a California law against coerced political activity, a consumer group alleged Wednesday. Consumer Watchdog in Santa Monica has asked California Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown to investigate its claim that UnitedHealth Group and WellPoint Inc. pushed workers to write their elected officials, attend town hall meetings and enlist family and friends to ensure an overhaul that matches their interests.
BUSINESS
May 26, 2010 | By Duke Helfand, Los Angeles Times
Small businesses in California are being hit this year with double-digit hikes in health insurance costs that could hurt the state's economic recovery as companies curtail plans for hiring and expansion to pay their insurance bills. Five major insurers in California's small-business market are raising rates 12% to 23% for firms with fewer than 50 employees, according to a survey by The Times. Similar increases are being felt by many small businesses across the nation, including those in Texas, Ohio and Florida — mainly the result of escalating costs for medical care and pharmaceuticals, insurers say. In California, some small businesses say they are stunned by their latest insurance bills.
HEALTH
February 2, 2009 | Francesca Lunzer Kritz
Leave time to stop by the ATM before your next visit to the doctor. These days, you may have to fork over a lot more than just the co-pay before you leave the office.
BUSINESS
November 19, 2010 | By Duke Helfand, Los Angeles Times
Most major health insurers in California do a poor job of paying claims and providing customer service for members in preferred provider organization plans, according to a new state survey. The evaluation by the California Department of Insurance comes as many workers assess their healthcare options this month before enrolling for another year of insurance benefits through PPO plans that serve 2.5 million people statewide. In the quality report card, Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield of California, Health Net Inc., UnitedHealthcare and Cigna Corp.
NEWS
October 1, 2010
The government on Friday added price information to its new website, www.HealthCare.gov , that allows consumers to shop more readily for health insurance on the Internet. The information isn’t precise:  The premium costs quoted are estimates only.  But it’s valuable nonetheless, highlighting variations between different insurance policies and their potential pocketbook impact. As with many of the government’s healthcare sites, it takes a bit of effort to access the information.
BUSINESS
April 21, 2010 | Duke Helfand
College students about to graduate and other young adults in danger of losing healthcare coverage under their parents' policies may get a break. Three of the nation's largest health insurers announced this week that young adults can remain under their parents' policies until Sept. 23, when a new federal law guarantees them coverage. UnitedHealthcare, WellPoint Inc. and Humana Inc. said they will not wait until President Obama's new healthcare reforms take effect. They include provisions allowing young adults to remain under their parents' health plans until age 26. Other companies may follow their lead, federal officials said.
BUSINESS
September 3, 2009 | Carol J. Williams
The nation's two largest health insurers have been pressuring employees to lobby against healthcare reform in Congress in violation of a California law against coerced political activity, a consumer group alleged Wednesday. Consumer Watchdog in Santa Monica has asked California Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown to investigate its claim that UnitedHealth Group and WellPoint Inc. pushed workers to write their elected officials, attend town hall meetings and enlist family and friends to ensure an overhaul that matches their interests.
BUSINESS
June 18, 2012 | By Chad Terhune
Kaiser Permanente, California's largest nonprofit health plan, ranked highest in employer satisfaction nationwide in the latest J.D. Power and Associates study. The study, now in its third year, asked employers about service, benefit design, problem resolution, cost and other measures. Kaiser led all fully insured plans with a score of 716 out of 1,000 total points. Aetna Inc. scored highest for employer self-funded plans with 680 points. In the fully insured category, two of the industry's biggest companies - UnitedHealthcare and WellPoint - scored below average.
NATIONAL
February 23, 2006 | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Times Staff Writer
The Medicare prescription drug plan, which has confounded millions of seniors, will be simpler to navigate in the future, a top Bush administration official predicted Wednesday. Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt said the number of private insurers offering the coverage was likely to drop, making it easier to compare coverage and pick a plan.
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