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Medi-Cal Patients Flocking to ERs More Than Before ACA

June 15, 2017  |   News and Events   |     |   Comments Off on Medi-Cal Patients Flocking to ERs More Than Before ACA

By Kellen Browning JUNE 14, 2017 Medi-Cal patients are swamping California emergency rooms in greater numbers than they did before the Affordable Care Act took effect, despite predictions that the health law would ease the burden on ERs. Emergency room visits by people on Medi-Cal rose 75 percent over five years, from 800,000 in the first quarter of 2012 to 1.4 million in the last quarter of 2016, according to data recently released by the ...

Senate Republicans claim progress on health care legislation

June 07, 2017  |   News and Events   |     |   Comments Off on Senate Republicans claim progress on health care legislation

By ERICA WERNER AND RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, ASSOCIATED PRESS President Donald Trump and GOP leaders insisted Tuesday the Senate will vote soon on legislation to repeal and replace "Obamacare." But even as senators headed toward the make-or-break vote before the Fourth of July, deep uncertainty remained about whether the emerging legislation would command enough support to pass. Meeting with Republican congressional leaders at ...

Think Tanks Release Compromise Proposal for Paid Parental Leave

June 06, 2017  |   Legal Updates   |     |   Comments Off on Think Tanks Release Compromise Proposal for Paid Parental Leave

BY MICHAEL J. LOTITO AND ILYSE SCHUMAN ON JUNE 6, 2017 The American Enterprise Institute (AEI)-Brookings Working Group on Paid Family Leave has issued a new report analyzing the costs and benefits of implementing a national paid leave program, and laying out a compromise proposal for lawmakers to consider. The compromise outlined in the report—Paid Family and ...

CAHU Health Care Reform Update

June 06, 2017  |   News and Events   |     |   Comments Off on CAHU Health Care Reform Update

CAHU Health Care Reform Update 5/31/17 - California Association of Health Underwriters Responds to False Claims Made by Universal Single Payer Health Care Proponents. Rick Coburn, president of the California Association of Health Underwriters (CAHU) issued the following statement today regarding California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU)’s new research study on SB 562 (Lara/Atkins): “The California State Senate estimates a universal single payer government-run health care system as outlined in SB 562 will ...

Covered California Tells Insurers To Plan For The Worst

June 02, 2017  |   News and Events   |     |   Comments Off on Covered California Tells Insurers To Plan For The Worst

By Emily Bazar Amid growing uncertainty over federal health care funding, Covered California is calling on health insurers to prepare for the worst. The state health insurance exchange Wednesday instructed participating insurers to submit alternative premium hike proposals for 2018 in the event they lose federal payments for subsidies that reduce some consumers’ out-of-pocket medical expenses. These so-called cost-sharing reductions are under challenge in a pending lawsuit by House Republicans, and President Donald ...

Zenefits Fined by NY Regulator for Unlicensed Insurance Sales

April 12, 2017  |   Legal Updates   |     |   Comments Off on Zenefits Fined by NY Regulator for Unlicensed Insurance Sales

By REUTERS April 11, 2017, 2:00 P.M. E.D.T. NEW YORK — Health benefits broker Zenefits was fined $1.2 million with New York's financial services regulator on Tuesday for letting unlicensed employees solicit, negotiate and sell insurance policies, the latest regulatory blow for the software startup. Zenefits in 2014 and 2015 engaged in "repeated" violations of the state's insurance law, including failures to maintain ...

Eye doctors battle over bill to expand exams for students

April 07, 2017  |   News and Events   |     |   Comments Off on Eye doctors battle over bill to expand exams for students

BY Alexei Koseff akoseff@sacbee.com Assemblywoman Autumn Burke says she just wants to help children whose unidentified vision problems may be holding them back academically. But her bill encouraging more comprehensive eye exams when students enroll in school has divided eye doctors – the latest skirmish in a long political history of medical groups squaring off over their scope of practice. The Marina Del Rey Democrat’s Assembly Bill 1110 requires parents ...

Health Subsidies for Low Earners Will Continue Through 2017, G.O.P. Says

March 31, 2017  |   News and Events   |     |   Comments Off on Health Subsidies for Low Earners Will Continue Through 2017, G.O.P. Says

By ROBERT PEAR and REED ABELSONMARCH 30, 2017 WASHINGTON — Senior House Republicans said Thursday that they expected the federal government to continue paying billions of dollars in subsidies to health insurance companies to keep ...

New Analysis: Obamacare Regulations Drove Up Premium Costs by Up to 68%

March 24, 2017  |   News and Events   |     |   Comments Off on New Analysis: Obamacare Regulations Drove Up Premium Costs by Up to 68%

Drew Gonshorowski / @Gonshorowskd / Nicholas Poché / March 23, 2017 / Until recently, the House was scheduled to vote on the American Health Care Act, the GOP leadership’s proposal to repeal and replace parts of Obamacare. That vote has been postponed. Obamacare caused premiums to rise for various reasons, chief among them being the vast new regulations the law imposed on insurance markets. While the American Health Care Act does repeal ...

Proposed Law Would Require All California Children To Be Screened For Lead

March 13, 2017  |   Legal Updates   |     |   Comments Off on Proposed Law Would Require All California Children To Be Screened For Lead

By Ana B. Ibarra | March 13, 2017 Growing national concern about lead poisoning in children has prompted a California lawmaker to introduce legislation to ensure that all of the state’s kids are tested for the toxic metal. The bill, introduced by Assemblyman Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), would change the state’s Health and Safety Code to require testing for all children ages 6 months to 6 years. Current regulations require lead testing only for children in ...