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600,000 Californians Will Lose Their Health Insurance in 2014.

Posted on October 28, 2013

This Kaiser Health News story has been reverberating across the Internet because it starts to put together the numbers of private health-plan insurers who are receiving cancellations. (This is a small group of Californians; a majority get their health care through employer plans, Medicare or MediCal.) I’ve written about the issue here and here. From the story:

Florida Blue, for example, is terminating about 300,000 policies, about 80 percent of its individual policies in the state. Kaiser Permanente in California has sent notices to 160,000 people – about half of its individual business in the state. Insurer Highmark in Pittsburgh is dropping about 20 percent of its individual market customers, while Independence Blue Cross, the major insurer in Philadelphia, is dropping about 45 percent.

On Forbes’ Avik Roy’s blog, Josh Archambault crunched the numbers and concluded, “More Americans in 3 States have had their Insurance canceled under Obamacare than have filed an exchange account in all 50.”

According to this link  as of December 2012, there were 491,977 covered lives in individual health care plans regulated by the State Department Insurance that are not grandfathered under the Affordable Care Act. (If they bought a plan after March 2010, their coverage is not grandfathered.) This is a 2012 number, but if the number of people with private coverage hasn’t changed much in the last ten months, that’s half a million Californians who will lose their coverage.  According to this link (hit the Enrollment Summary Report) from the state office that regulates managed care providers, there were about 50,000 individual and 60,000 PPO policies that were not grandfathered at the end of the year, which would add another 110,000. (Department of Managed Health Care has not returned my call to confirm these numbers. In that stories report that Kaiser sent out cancellation notices to 160,000, this number seems low to me.) Either way, you get to 600,000 or more.

Forget President Obama’s 2009 promise, “Nothing in this plan will require you or your employer to change the coverage or the doctor you have.” It’s not true.

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6 thoughts on “600,000 Californians Will Lose Their Health Insurance in 2014.

  1. I dont feel sorry for them they thought it was great and belived everything there king said now it will slap them in the face really hard keep voteing for theses crooks and keep paying out your butts If you vote Demacrap again then you are all brain dead cant you see what he is doing to this country I will never in my life vote Demacrap again get rid of these crooks and get your state back to normal again other wise go down with the ship

  2. Linda Little says:

    This is only part of the story. While the country is busy talking about the self-insured who are losing their coverage, there are the millions of us who are on employer provided health plans who are being downgraded in plans. I had a plan last year that I chose to pay more for in order to not have to pay a deductable, and to only pay a $25.00 per visit co-pay. This plan has been deleted and we now have two plans, one with a $5,000 per family yearly deduction and the other with a $7,000 per family yearly deduction. Both plans only pay 80% of the costs following meeting the deductable. If you add up what we pay per month with the deductable, I will be paying $300 more per month than I used to, for a lesser plan. When questioned about the new plans, our benefits people said it was all because of ObamaCare. NO PERSON WHO VOTED FOR OBAMA HAD BETTER EVER COMPLAIN TO ME ABOUT THEIR HEALTHCARE WOES BECAUSE THEY DESERVE WHATEVER THEY GET!

  3. King David ll says:

    "600,000 Californians Will Lose Their Health Insurance in 2014."
    YA! But will the illegal immigrants?

  4. WhiteFalcon says:

    All those kids that were going to be "safe" by being included on their parents' insurance now are again out of health insurance. What a fine Ovomitcare program we have. Aren't you all so proud of our muslim liar in charge?

  5. WhiteFalcon says:

    Ditto. I can't wait to hear them whine. I will love telling them that they are getting exactly what they voted for.

  6. In a word – not only NO – but H… No!!!!
    And it will be the same for all the welfare pukes (nationwide)