Health insurance ratings to be dropped from state website

‘Overeducation’ Linked With Poor Mental Health

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Kaiser routinely scores well in rankings on quality of care and patient satisfaction. The healthcare giant was the only HMO in the state to earn a top four-star rating for providing recommended care on the most recent report card. Sharp and Western Health each received three stars on the same measure. But the data also show consumers that even Kaiser falls short in some areas. Patients rated seven HMOs including Kaiser’s Southern California system as poor, or just one star, on whether they were able to get care easily.
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Top 10 Quotes From Rock Health’s Innovation Summit

But in many western countries, labor markets are slow to catch up with the increasing numbers of overeducated people, leading to a lack of challenging jobs for these people, Bracke said. “At the country level, if the number of people with university education continues to rise, [and] if there isn’t an equivalent upgrading of the labor market, it will deteriorate the mental health of the population,” Bracke said. While people may start out with a job that they are overqualified for in the beginning of their career, they need opportunities to move upward in their field within a few years, or they could experience declines in mental health, Bracke said. Follow Rachael Rettner @RachaelRettner . FollowLiveScience @livescience , Facebook & Google+ .
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Q&A: How health care law will affect people with autism


Alaska’s insurance chief, Bret Kolb, wrote to state lawmakers last month confirming that Alaska’s newly-minted autism mandate would apply to policies sold on the federally-run exchange. Q: How do state mental health parity laws affect autism patients? A: According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, every state but Wyoming now has a mental health parity law on the books, requiring that when insurers cover mental illness and/or substance abuse they do so on an equal financial basis with physical illnesses. A federal law the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Act of 2008 also requires equal treatment, but the Obama administration has yet to complete the federal rules that would enable states to enforce it. Parity laws only require carriers to pay as much for mental health treatments as they pay for medical treatments, with the same co-pays, deductibles and coverage limitations. The laws do not require carriers to cover specific treatments, such as ABA treatments.
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Covered California backs dental plans for 2014, eyes future changes

When the exchange opens Oct. 1, consumers will be able to look at all those factors and compare plans on an apples-to-apples basis. Thomas Flynn, a health benefits consultant with Mercer in Rochester, said he expects price to play a big factor on the exchange because many buyers will be young people purchasing health coverage for the first time. “They are intimately familiar with shopping for and comparing hard drives, processors and computers, but as far as what doctor accepts the insurance, I don’t think they are thinking that far ahead yet,” Flynn said. Health plans with low prices may have limited networks Insurers with low prices often have more limited networks of doctors, hospitals and other providers, said Jennifer Tolbert, director of state health reform at the Kaiser Family Foundation.
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Union that sells health insurance to workers without benefits now offers states’s lowest rates to others

I didnt see anythingquite as controversial this year, but there were definitely some provocative thoughts. Heres a list of the top ten I saw over the course of the2 day event ( here ) whichattracted about 400 attendees. Disclaimer: These are not direct quotes. They arere-quotes as broadcast on twitter byvarious attendees. 1. The challenge is not building an app but building a company.Esther Dyson Former Journalist and Wall Street Tech Analyst 2. Everyone wants to be the for health but no ones been able to do it.Esther Dyson Former Journalist and Wall Street Tech Analyst 3.Wheres the iconic healthcare company?
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