California won’t use health insurer ratings on site

by The Associated Press
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California Health Insurance Exchange

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – The state’s consumer web site for health insurance coverage won’t post quality ratings alongside the monthly price for plans.

The Los Angeles Times reports consumer groups are disappointed by the decision from state officials to drop the rankings, which were outdated and don’t reflect many of the new offerings.

As many as 5 million Californians are expected to shop for health insurance next year. Some higher-rated insurers such as Kaiser Permanente say this vital information should be included on the state’s health exchange, called Covered California.

Health policy experts worry that waiting to develop ratings could take up to two years, leaving consumers in the dark. They argue the delay rewards low-performing insurers.

Critics vow to ask the board to reconsider its decision at the Aug. 22 meeting.

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