A recent study by the Commonwealth Fund found that where you live within the United States actually plays a bigger role in your overall health care than your income. High-income people who live in states with poor healthcare are worse off than low-income people in states with good healthcare.
To determine each state’s health score, investigators looked at factors ranging from how many people in a state had health insurance and whether they had enough coverage, as well as how many people used the emergency room for care rather than a doctor’s office and how well a state’s health care system protected its citizens from dangerous medications.
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You’ve probably been hearing more buzz than usual about ObamaCare these past few weeks. On October 1, 2013, California’s health care exchange, called “Covered California,” will open for business. ObamaCare’s individual mandate will take effect on January 1, 2014, but people can only buy coverage in California between October 2013 and March 2014. Miss that window and you’ll be out of luck until it reopens in 2015.
With the time ticking, many people are rushing to learn more about what is available, how much it will cost, and how to get coverage. The health care exchanges vary from state to state, and in California, we will be dealing with Covered California. There are currently 12 different companies authorized to provide benefits under Covered California for 2014. They are: Alameda Alliance for Health, Anthem Blue Cross of California, Blue Shield of California, Chinese Community Health Plan, Contra Costa Health Plan, Health Net, Kaiser Permanente, L.A. Care Health Plan, Molina Healthcare, Sharp Health Plan, Valley Health Plan and Western Health Advantage. Continue reading ObamaCare in California: What you need to know about Covered California