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California doctors get more money but will they treat more poor people?

August 11, 2017  |   News and Events   |     |   Comments Off on California doctors get more money but will they treat more poor people?

Matt Levin, CALmatters | Published 10:33 a.m. PT Aug. 10, 2017 It seems like a simple solution. Raise what you pay doctors for treating low-income patients, and they’ll treat more of them. All those waits for appointments and physician shortages that have long plagued the state’s low-income health insurance program — a program that one out of every three Californians now relies on—could be remedied with a simple dose of ...

Covered California Expects 12.5% Average Rate Rise In 2018

August 02, 2017  |   News and Events   |     |   Comments Off on Covered California Expects 12.5% Average Rate Rise In 2018

By Emily Bazar and Anna Gorman | August 2, 2017 This updated story was originally published Aug. 1. Covered California health insurance premiums will jump by a statewide average of 12.5 percent next year, amid continuing uncertainty over the future of the Affordable Care Act, the state’s Obamacare exchange said Tuesday. Some plans may also see an additional increase, averaging 12.4 percent, if President Donald Trump stops funding critical subsidies that help reduce some consumers’ out-of-pocket expenses ...

California to Release 2018 Insurance Rates Amid Uncertainty

August 01, 2017  |   News and Events   |     |   Comments Off on California to Release 2018 Insurance Rates Amid Uncertainty

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | AUG. 1, 2017, 3:57 A.M. E.D.T SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California officials plan to release next year's monthly premiums Tuesday for people who buy individual insurance plans under former President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. The announcement comes at a time of extreme uncertainty about the future of ...

When High Deductibles Hurt: Even Insured Patients Postpone Care

July 27, 2017  |   News and Events   |     |   Comments Off on When High Deductibles Hurt: Even Insured Patients Postpone Care

In November 2015, Tina Heck was in her garage lifting 40-pound bags of wood pellets to fuel her heating stove, when something went very wrong with her back. “The next day, I could barely walk,” said the 55-year-old who lives on an acre of land in Nevada City, Calif., 60 miles northeast of Sacramento. The cause: a bulging disc in her lower spine, which shoots pain down her leg and makes her back stiff. The injury wasn’t ...

California Sued For Allegedly Substandard Medi-Cal Care

July 13, 2017  |   News and Events   |     |   Comments Off on California Sued For Allegedly Substandard Medi-Cal Care

By Ana B. Ibarra Civil rights advocates sued California on Wednesday, alleging that care provided by Medi-Cal, the state’s health program for low-income people, is substandard and disproportionately hurts Latinos — by far the largest group of enrollees. The lawsuit, filed in Alameda County Superior Court by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) and the Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center, says Medi-Cal participants have “substantially worse access to health care than their ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...