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RBCoveredCalifornia2.JPGKaiser Permanente and two other health plans criticized administrators of California's public health exchange Monday for postponing posting quality ratings for health plans on the exchange's website, saying the delay is a disservice to customers.

"We strongly urge that the display of health plan quality ratings go forward as originally planned, in the interest of both transparency to consumers and fair competition among Covered California's plan partners," the health plans said in a letter to members of the board of Covered California.

In the letter, Kaiser, Sharp Health Plan and Western Health Advantage said "it is unimaginable that consumers would prefer to be kept in the dark when quality information is readily available for their consideration."

Covered California announced this summer that it would delay posting quality ratings for health plans online, saying information used to rate the health plans was out of date.

The letter from Kaiser, Sharp and Western Health comes ahead of a Thursday meeting at which Covered California officials are expected to discuss the issue.

PHOTO: The executive director of Covered California, Peter V. Lee, speaks to members of the media during the launch of Covered California in Rancho Cordova on Oct. 1. The Sacramento Bee/Randall Benton.


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