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If it is done right, the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) may well promise uninsured Americans a lot more than cheap, reliable medical care. It can also open the door to the democratic empowerment of millions of poor people, who are often...
Tags: Justice System, U.S. Congress, Medicaid, Lawyers, Feminism
For the sixth consecutive year, Kaiser Permanente ranked highest in customer satisfaction for health insurance among California policyholders, according to ratings firm J.D. Power and Associates. Anthem Blue Cross, the state's largest for-profit...
Re "Panel urges more control of Vicodin," Jan. 26 Reclassifying hydrocodone as a Schedule II narcotic may be of some value in controlling the number of Vicodin prescriptions given out, but this would be of minor benefit. In my experience, most Vicodin...
PolitiCalState lawmakers are set to introduce a series of proposals Monday to help California implement President Obama's healthcare overhaul, including a major expansion of Medi-Cal, the state's public insurance program for the poor. Gov. Jerry Brown called for...
Dear Liz: I paid all of my old collection accounts except for two, which now are beyond the statute of limitations. I would like to find the best way to negotiate with the collection agencies without getting sued. Even though the original delinquency...
On the edge of the Mojave, music promoter Pasquale Rotella staged a rave about 11 years ago that ended with a coroner's wagon rolling down desert roads. Five people died of overdoses and drug-related car crashes during or shortly after the Nocturnal...
Health insurance giant WellPoint Inc. issued a lower-than-expected profit outlook for 2013 as it prepares for the federal healthcare overhaul and continues to search for a new chief executive. WellPoint, which runs Anthem Blue Cross in California and...
Tags: Corporate Officers, Medicaid, Flu, Credit Ratings, Earnings
I recently got a medical bill that reminded me just how much I’m looking forward to when all of Obamacare’s provisions kick in. In December, I found myself suddenly doubled over with abdominal pain. My physician couldn’t see me right...
Homeowners will see increases in the rates they pay for flood insurance soon, if they haven't already, with owners of vacation homes seeing the biggest jump. But that isn't reason enough to drop coverage. Flood insurance is one of the best deals going....
Tags: Floods, FEMA, Tropical Storms, Natural Disasters
Dear Liz: I'll be done paying off my car in a couple of months. What's a good strategy for redirecting that money once it's paid off? Should I use the whole amount each month to start saving for my next car, or would I be better off splitting it up and...
SACRAMENTO -- As an Assembly panel holds its first hearing on a proposal to authorize massive expansion of the state’s public insurance program for the poor, it has a few changes to consider from Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration. Sixty-...
SACRAMENTO -- Lawmakers are set to consider new rules for California's health insurance market on Wednesday, including a requirement for insurers to cover consumers who have preexisting medical conditions, and limits on how much they can charge based on...
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