Tiny town of Forks loves Twilight vampires

Posted July 20, 2014 By Kevin Knauss
Native to Twilight sign for Native American products in Forks, Washington.

Half the fun of a vacation is being pleasantly surprised by unexpected experiences. As we drove into the small hamlet of Forks, Washington, you could tell the local merchants had adopted the teenage vampire saga Twilight as their claim to fame. Even the Bed and Breakfast we stayed at was on a mission to incorporate […]

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Anthem Blue Cross allows California members to chat online with a doctor.

The Anthem Blue Cross of California provider network just got larger as of July 1st when Blue Cross members can enroll in LiveHealth Online to consult with a doctor through the Internet using a regular computer, tablet or smart phone. The cost for the doctor visit or online consultation, in lieu of actually visiting a […]

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Covered California health plan nightmare strikes family twice in 2014.

One would assume that the probabilities of a second Covered California enrollment nightmare would be less than being struck by lightning. But for one family, lightning has struck not once, but twice. Covered California and Blue Shield have teamed up to disenfranchise all but one family member because the mother delivered a healthy baby boy in […]

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Could the historic Rattlesnake Bar bridge foundation be used as a drought gauge for Folsom Lake?

The drought of 2014 is affecting California communities unevenly. Where Granite Bay residents may be facing a severe Stage 5 water emergency declaration by year’s end, homeowners 10 or 20 miles away may still be keeping their grass green with daily irrigation. The visual triggers in order to get people to conserve water along with […]

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Will Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision open door to female circumcision on religious grounds.

Did the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision render the Female Genital Mutilation Act of 1995 null and void? While the Supreme Court specifically mentioned that their decision only applied narrowly to contraception mandated by the ACA, the bulk of the opinion and reasoning centered on the fact that the Religious Freedom and Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA) […]

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Medicare 2014 reimbursement rates to Medicare Advantage plans.

A five star Medicare Advantage will be paid $890 in Sacramento County, $947 in San Francisco County, $951 in Los Angeles County and $856 in San Diego County per month by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid for each enrolled member. The data and calculations that go into determining the monthly reimbursement or capitation rate for Medicare […]

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Matt Dillon discuss weed control in the Linda Creek pond with a contractor.

When it comes to water conservation in the face of our current 2014 drought situation, golf courses, with the numerous acres under irrigation, come under intense scrutiny. This is why I wanted to talk with my fellow San Juan Water District Drought Committee member Matt Dillon who is the Golf Course Superintendent at Granite Bay […]

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What’s wrong with jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge?

Posted June 28, 2014 By Kevin Knauss
Physical Suicide Deterrent System

On Friday, June 27, the Golden Gate Transportation District (GGTD) voted to spend $76 million to install a “Physical Suicide Deterrent System”. The deterrent system will be comprised of a wire net extending approximately twenty feet on either side of the Golden Gate Bridge to catch people who jump. My question is, “What’s so bad […]

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Short term health insurance after ACA open enrollment

Posted June 25, 2014 By Kevin Knauss
Short term health plans can bridge the coverage gap until the next ACA open enrollment.

Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act has come and gone for 2014. Unless you have a qualifying life event that triggers a Special Enrollment Period, individuals and families may not purchase a health plan either through Covered California or directly from one of the carriers. For that awkward moment when you realize you have […]

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Blue Shield billing system cancels health plans

Posted June 24, 2014 By Kevin Knauss
Blue Shield of California billing system is broken for off-exchange health plans.

Six months into the new ACA health plan year and Blue Shield of California still has a broken billing system. Individuals and families who bought their 2014 health plans directly from Blue Shield and then had a change in the household members being covered are encountering issues with their invoices. Blue Shield has been unable […]

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