Anthem’s Exit Leaves Thousands With No Choice Of Health Plans

When Anthem Blue Cross pulls out of the individual market next year, about 60,000 Covered California enrollees, plus others who buy insurance outside of the exchange, will have only one health plan in their areas.

For Covered California, Uncertainty Is The New Certainty

The state health insurance exchange made three multimillion-dollar decisions Thursday that were motivated by the lack of clarity from the federal government on key health policy issues.

Too Few Patients Follow The Adage: You Better Shop Around

Three-quarters of participants in a newly released study said they did not know of resources for comparing health care costs, while half said that if a website were available to provide such information, they would use it.

Podcast: 'What The Health?' Counties Coping With Scant Insurance Coverage

In this episode of “What the Health?” Mary Agnes Carey of Kaiser Health News, Sarah Karlin-Smith of Politico, Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times and Julie Appleby of Kaiser Health News discuss the problems some consumers will face with a lack of exchange-based insurance coverage in their regions. They also talk about the state of play on Capitol Hill and in the states concerning initiatives to lower prescription drug costs.

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Often Missing In The Health Care Debate: Women’s Voices

When leaders in Washington discuss the future of American health care, women are not always in the room. Here, nine women share their personal stories, fears and hopes.

Gun Sellers Join Forces To Curb Suicide-By-Firearm, Rampant In Rural Areas

New research suggests that efforts to address climbing rates of rural suicide must focus on safe access to firearms. State-based coalitions are attempting just that.

Fate Of San Francisco’s Ban On Flavored Tobacco Products Is Now Up To Voters

Tobacco industry bankrolled an effort to stall the city’s new anti-tobacco ordinance, which business owners argue would lead to millions in lost sales annually.

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Anthem Blue Cross To Pull Out Of Most Of California’s Individual Markets

This year, Anthem Blue Cross offers coverage in each of Covered California’s 19 pricing regions and all of California’s 58 counties. But the insurer announced last week that it will pull out of the entire individual market next year in 16 of the 19 Covered California regions. In the three where it plans to remain, it will no longer offer PPOs or HMOs – only EPOs.

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