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California unveils web tool to help consumers shop for health care

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| The website lets consumers look up the costs of more than 100 medical procedures in their region. It also offers data on the quality of care.

27 percent fewer Californians lack health insurance, new data shows

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The Census Bureau says from 2013 to 2014, the number of uninsured in the state fell from about 6.5 million to just under 4.8 million.

State legislature approves limiting family plan deductibles

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Assembly bill 1305 would require all family health plans to include a per-individual deductible and a per-individual out-of-pocket limit.

Pilot program uses paramedics to try to cut ER overcrowding

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Under the pilot, paramedics will be able to offer adult patients with less serious conditions the choice of going to an urgent care center instead of an ER.

More than 100 SoCal hospitals hit with readmission penalties

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But the penalties are slightly lower than last year's, and about half of the national average. The fines are part of Obamacare's effort to improve patient care.

Covered California plan rates to rise an average of 4 percent

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The agency says because its enrollees are among "the healthiest in the country," insurers lowered their 2016 premiums overall, leading to a lower average rise.

New MLK Hospital pairs an advocate with every patient

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In an effort to reduce return visits, MLK has expanded the traditional role of "care managers" - they now help patients throughout treatment and beyond.

Bill seeks to limit California's Medi-Cal asset recovery

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A bill in Sacramento would in part limit the state's ability to seek reimbursement for Medi-Cal treatment to the cost of nursing home or assisted living care.