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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

KHN On Call: How Retooled Health Law Might Treat Those With A History Of Illness

March 13, 2017  |   News and Events   |     |   Comments Off on KHN On Call: How Retooled Health Law Might Treat Those With A History Of Illness

By Julie Rovner | March 13, 2017 Many people are worried about how potential changes to the federal health law might affect them. But few are as concerned as those with preexisting health conditions. The Affordable Care Act made it illegal for insurers to deny or charge people more money because of a history of illness. That’s a pretty big deal because an estimated 52 million American adults have such conditions — ranging from serious ailments ...

Covered California signups continue amid talk of Obamacare repeal

January 31, 2017  |   News and Events   |     |   Comments Off on Covered California signups continue amid talk of Obamacare repeal

By Catherine Ho, San Francisco Chronicle | Updated 4:25 pm, Monday, January 30, 2017 Californians are continuing to sign up for health insurance through the state-run marketplace created under the Affordable Care Act, despite uncertainty over the future of the federal health care law. Some 327,000 new people, about the same number as last year, have signed up for insurance plans during open enrollment, which runs from ...

Fearing Trump, California drops undocumented health insurance request

January 19, 2017  |   News and Events   |     |   Comments Off on Fearing Trump, California drops undocumented health insurance request

BY JIM MILLER jmiller@sacbee.com California has withdrawn its request to the federal government for permission to allow undocumented people to obtain health insurance from the state exchange, with a lawmaker linking the decision to concerns about the incoming Trump administration. State Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, called the action “the first California casualty of the Trump presidency.” Lara, who carried the bill seeking the change and requested Wednesday’s move, said in a statement that ...