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California health plans hide children’s dental and vision providers

California health plans hide pediatric dental and vision providers  from members.

Tucked into every individual and family health plan in California are some very good dental benefits for children. Unfortunately, the health plans don’t make it very easy to identify which dentists will accept the pediatric dental insurance that comes standard for dependents under 19 years of age. If a parent doesn’t select the correct plan […]

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Assurant Health insurance will exit California

Assurant Health to close up or sell by end of 2015.

While some health insurance companies are thriving under the ACA with record enrollment numbers, Assurant, Inc. announced they will either sell their health insurance business, Assurance Health, or shutter it completely. Assurant Health will not be participating in open enrollment in the fall of 2015 for new individual and family health plans in 2016. Assurant […]

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How much do health insurance agents earn?

Health insurance agents will work for food since the commission are so low.

There was time when an insurance agent could make a decent living enrolling individuals, families and small groups into health insurance plans. With the advent of the Affordable Care Act and the subsequent downward pressure on commission rates, agents can still earn a living selling health insurance but it is not without its challenges. The […]

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California Transgender Health Insurance Survey

California transgender health insurance survey.

With the passage of the Insurance Gender Nondiscrimination Act (IGNA), also known as AB 1586, all California health insurance plans must cover medically necessary transgender health care services. Unfortunately, many health plan customer service representatives and many health care providers are not aware of the law and have erroneously denied or delayed coverage and treatment […]

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Blue Shield estimates costs for health care services

Blue Shield introduces new health care services cost estimator.

  One of the big complaints about health care services is not knowing or being surprised by the cost of medical treatment. Blue Shield of California has taken a modest step toward helping plan members determine the cost of health care services with their new treatment cost estimator tool. Initial reports from clients suggest the […]

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Covered California dumps dental plans for 2015

Covered California quietly announced that family dental plans will not be offered in 2015.

Covered California has quietly announced that they will not be offering individual and family dental plans through the exchange in 2015. The dumping of the family dental plan options comes after Covered California released a whole dental plan booklet of family dental plans in August of 2014. No reason was given as to why the dental plans will […]

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Agent seeks class action lawsuit against Covered California

Agent seeks class action law suit against Covered California.

Certified Insurance Agent John Dickey, who is already taking Covered California to small claims court, is now in conversations with a Southern California law firm to potentially file a class action lawsuit against Covered California on behalf of agents who suffered a loss of income because of the numerous problems during open enrollment for 2014. Dickey’s […]

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Counselors urged to help LGBT members enroll in ACA

Resources tailored for behavioral health providers to assist LGBT individuals enroll in ACA plans.

The federal government is reaching out to behavioral health counselors and therapist to educate them on how the Affordable Care Act works so they can encourage members of the LGBT community to enroll in an ACA health plans. Sometimes the professionals who provide important health services through health plans offered through Healthcare.gov and CoveredCa.com can be the […]

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Who are these Covered California dental plans?

Who are the dentists in the new Covered California dental plans?

Covered California is changing and expanding their dental plans. First, all health plans will include children’s dental insurance. There will be no need to purchase a separate dental plan for dependents 18 and younger. Second, Covered California will begin to offer family dental plans on the exchange. But who are these dental plans and are […]

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Consumer complaint about new Health Net plans in California

Consumer complaint to California Department of Insurance regarding Health Net EPO plans.

One of the great pleasures of hosting my own website and blog are the numerous people who have contacted me about Covered California and the new health plans being offered to individuals and families. One gentleman has done an astounding amount of research in response to the health plan changes proposed by Health Net. He has written a […]