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Education levels, health coverage, linked in new study

June 18, 2010
California women without a high school diploma are nearly four times more likely to be uninsured as women with a college degree, according to a new study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. Four in ten women without a high school diploma were uninsured in 2007, compared to 11 percent of women who have graduated from college.

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Assembly approves bill to expand coverage for people with pre-existing conditions

June 14, 2010
California lawmakers have taken the first steps toward putting in place a part of the federal health reform designed to make it easier for people with previous medical conditions to buy insurance. The Assembly on Monday passed AB 1887, by Assemblyman Mike Villines, which will make California eligible for about $760 million in federal money over the next three and a half years to manage an insurance pool for high-risk consumers and subsidize their coverage.

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Health insurance regulation bill clears Assembly

June 2, 2010
The state Assembly has passed legislation that would allow the state government to regulate health insurance rates for the first time, requiring insurers to seek and obtain prior approval before increasing premiums paid by consumers.

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Explaining health reform: new insurance exchange will play major role

April 28, 2010
It will be years before the new health insurance exchange at the heart of the federal health reform passed in March rolls out in California. But decisions being made now could shape how that exchange looks and works, the health benefits it makes available to consumers, how much Californians pay for their coverage and the roles played by the government and the private insurance industry.

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Assembly panel begins health reform roll-out

April 21, 2010
The Legislature has taken the first steps toward implementing California's version of the federal health reform passed by Congress and President Obama last month. The Assembly Health Committee this week passed AB 1602, carried by Assembly Speaker John A. Perez. The bill would establish a health insurance exchange to allow individuals and small business owners to join together to purchase insurance coverage, giving them the same kind of bargaining power now enjoyed only by large groups and employers.

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This employer supports health care mandate

April 4, 2010
The Nibbi Brothers construction company is a big supporter of San Francisco's nearly universal health care program, even though it includes a mandate on employers to provide benefits to their workers. Bib Nibbi, the company's president, says the law levels the playing field with companies that bid against him and win by slashing their labor costs. The city, he says, should avoid a "race to the bottom." Fifth in a series by Healthy Cal contributor Richard Paddock.

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Whitman, pre-existing conditions and the health insurance mandate

March 31, 2010
Meg Whitman might know something about online auctions and business management. But she probably ought to brush up on her understanding of the way health insurance works. The position she staked out Tuesday has been tried in several states and usually leads to skyrocketing premiums.

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For universal health care, but not on his shoulders

March 28, 2010
Daniel Scherotter, a restaurant owner and chef, is leading the fight against Healthy San Francisco. It is not that he opposes the health care program. He simply thinks the city’s businesses, particularly restaurants, should not be required to finance universal health care. Fourth part of a series by HealthyCal contributor Richard C. Paddock.

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The trouble with Medicaid

March 23, 2010
A patient has asthma and needs medication to prevent a possible trip to the ER. The doctor prescribes it. But the state bureaucracy that runs the Medi-Cal program puts up a roadblock. After hours of follow-up, the doctor manages to navigate the system for her patient. The story illustrates why so many doctors have stopped taking Medi-Cal patients. Dr. Ashby Wolfe's latest blog post.

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What health reform means to you

March 21, 2010
With Sunday's vote in the House of Representatives, Congress has passed the first piece of an historic overhaul of the nation's health care system. Here is what this reform will mean to you -- as a consumer of insurance, a patient and a California taxpayer.

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