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  • More Americans go without medical care because of finances

    April 13, 2010 7:10 PM

    Millions of Americans are living without health insurance and many often forego routine medical care because they can't afford it. But even in an emergency situation, people without medical coverage may think of their wallet before their well-being. These are people just like 52-year-old Loretta Arnold, who has a... more »
  • Report: Nearly 1 in 4 Californians uninsured

    March 16, 2010 11:49 AM

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - A report says nearly a quarter of Californians under age 65 had no health insurance in 2009. The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research study reported in Monday's Los Angeles Times said the state's uninsured population jumped to 8.2 million last year. That's up from... more »
  • Blue Cross insurance hikes hit Central Coast

    February 24, 2010 9:43 PM

    The state's largest healthcare provider is raising its rates. "Probably about 10 percent of the folks insured by the company in this state were affected by the rate hike," said Sharon Pensabene, a Lompoc insurance broker. Those insured as part of a group policy are not directly affected.... more »
  • Anthem Blue Cross to hike Calif health premiums

    February 5, 2010 1:03 PM

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Anthem Blue Cross has told some customers it will raise their health insurance premiums as much as 39 percent beginning March 1. The increases, reported Friday by the Los Angeles Times, involve as many as 800,000 customers who buy individual coverage. People with group coverage aren't... more »
  • Laid-off workers face the end of health care insurance discount

    December 1, 2009 6:29 AM

    Thousands of unemployed Americans are about to face another potential crisis, losing their health care insurance. A federal subsidy to the COBRA plan runs out Tuesday. The economic stimulus bill signed by President Obama in February cut the cost of COBRA by about 65 percent for workers laid off... more »
  • Jobless claims fall more than expected

    November 12, 2009 12:05 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - New claims for unemployment insurance fall more than expected last week, evidence the job market is slowly healing as the economy recovers. The Labor Department says first-time claims dropped to a seasonally adjusted 502,000 from an upwardly revised 514,000 the previous week. That's the fewest claims... more »

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