California is ranked 22nd in the United Health Foundation's 2012 comparison of health status across the 50 states.
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State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for California, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.
California Major Risk Medical Insurance Program
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IMPORTANT UPDATE: Starting in 2010, California started offering health care insurance coverage to residents through the federally established temporary high-risk pool program. To find out more about California's participation, click here.
Risk pools are state-sponsored programs to help people with a history of medical problems in their family to purchase coverage. These pools are for people who can afford to buy health insurance, but are not able to get underwritten in the private market because of a pre-existing health condition. These programs can vary significantly from state to state in price, benefits and number of people served. Often insurance companies doing business in the state are required to contribute to the pool to keep it in the black. In the best cases, they allow people to be able to switch jobs or become self-employed without the fear of losing their health insurance coverage. Read more about risk pools here.
California Health Care Reform — How the state government will implement provisions of the Affordable Care Act.
California State Department of Insurance — The California State Department of Insurance deals with issues of individual health insurance in California, as well as other types of insurance.
Consumer Information from the California State Department of Insurance — Health insurance topics and information geared specially for consumers.
Office of Multicultural Health, California State Department of Health Services — The state agency which tries to reduce inequality in health status, information and resources on multicultural health.
Medicare information from California State Department of Aging — State government resources for Californians needing help with Medicare and other government health insurance programs on federal, state and local levels.
California Department of Health Care Services — Responsible for health care services for Californians.
California One Care — California OneCare is an online organizing network that exists to activate and empower people into a grassroots and netroots movement for universal health care in California.
California Nurses Association — guaranteedhealthcare.org — GuaranteedHealthcare.org is a project of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee, and patients and community groups around the country.
Single Payer Now — Volunteers educating voters since 1994 to talk with their friends, co-workers, and neighbors about health care minus the insurance companies.
Physicians for a National Health Plan California — The largest state chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP). We are physicians, medical students, health professionals and advocates who believe that access to high-quality health care is a right and should be provided equitably as a public service rather than bought and sold as a commodity. Read the rest of this entry [...]
Health Care for All–California — HCA is a nonprofit grassroots organization working for high quality, universal, single-payer health care.
California HealthCare Foundation — The foundation is an independent philanthropy committed to improving California’s health care delivery and financing systems and to ensure that all Californians have access to affordable, quality health care.
Health Access California — Health Access California is a non-profit organization dedicated to achieving quality, affordable health care for all Californians. For more than 15 years, Health Access has played a significant role in leading the movement for health care reform in California. Health Access has promoted universal health care proposals and advocated for specific incremental reforms that promise [...]
State-specfic information on the Physicans National Health Program in California.
The Affordable Care Act: Immediate Benefits for California -- How the Affordable Health Care act will improve the lives of people living in California.
Why health care reform is important to California -- This 2009 document by the AARP provides a compelling case f for health reform in California.
The Benefits of Health Reform In California -- The Democratic Policy Committee of the United States Senate looks at benefits of health reform for the citizens of California.
California Association of Health Plans — The Association promotes affordable health care for California consumers through legislative advocacy, informational communications and collaboration with other organizations.
California mental health resource guide, offered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Government.
The National Coalition on Health Care's information for California -- America's oldest, most diverse, and broadest based group working to achieve comprehensive health system reform.
Find out what your state's health insurance exchange will look like.
Insurance companies were forced to return an average of $65 per family in 2012.
03/14/2013 2:03 PM
California Health Report — The state health insurance exchange is offering $46 million in grant money to let people know they can buy subsidized health insurance on the state’s exchange beginning in October.
02/08/2013 6:02 PM
Hundreds of health professional students in white coats hope to draw attention to the more egregious practices of the health insurance industry via a rally on the steps of the State Capitol.
10/31/2012 4:10 PM
Los Angeles Times — Thirty-three health plans want to be part of California Covered — California’s recently rebranded health insurance exchange. Peter Lee, executive director of the California exchange, said the board will pick five or six plans for each region of the state.
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Health insurance companies in California.
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AARP Insured By Aetna |
Anthem Blue Cross
Blue Shield of CA
Celtic Ins. Co.|
Kaiser Permanente of CA
NOTE: Kaiser Permanente of CA is a non-profit company.
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