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Yes, health coverage costs less in L.A.
San Francisco Chronicle

Today, I’ll answer questions from readers about why health insurance premiums are so much higher in Northern than Southern California and donating money to charity from an individual retirement account.

But first this news: Covered California, the state’s health care exchange, will shut down temporarily starting at 8 p.m. Saturday to bring a small-business marketplace online and perform other Web site maintenance.

The shutdown could last until 6 a.m. Nov. 19.

“Our hope is to make it as short as possible,” says Lizelda Lopez, spokeswoman for Covered California.