2016 PREMIUMS UP 4 PERCENT:
State officials announced premiums for health insurance plans offered on the state health exchange in 2016 would rise 4 percent on average, but the increase will vary significantly by region and plan, according to a KPCC broadcast. Senior Research Scientist Dylan Roby said those with preferred provider networks, or PPOs, would probably see the highest rate hikes.
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the recession that began in 2008, uninsured Californians were
more likely to be older, U.S.-born, with lower house-hold incomes and
more likely to be employed and looking for work, regardless of the
impact of the recession at county level, accordingarticle by the
Center's Shana Alex Charles in the California Journal of Politics and
Policy. Reduced federal payments and costly improvements required under health reform are putting safety net hospitals at greater risk for closure, according to a Capital Public Radio story. Center Director Gerald Kominski said closure of safety-net hospitals in low-income neighborhoods would place an even bigger burden on vulnerable populations. Read the s