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Privacy & Security 10 biggest weaknesses and lessons learned from cybersecurity in 2016

January 15, 2017  |   News and Events   |     |   Comments Off on Privacy & Security 10 biggest weaknesses and lessons learned from cybersecurity in 2016

By Jessica Davis January 09, 2017 11:45 AM It became painfully clear in 2016 that hackers had found their prime target in the healthcare industry. They hit hard in the early months of the year with massive ransomware attacks that disabled entire health systems, and then just kept punching. But it didn't stop with ransomware: Hacking, theft, attacks on third-party business associates – ...

Jerry Brown braces for budget changes under Trump: ‘It’s going to be a rough ride’

January 11, 2017  |   News and Events   |     |   Comments Off on Jerry Brown braces for budget changes under Trump: ‘It’s going to be a rough ride’

BY JIM MILLER AND CHRISTOPHER CADELAGO jmiller@sacbee.com California Gov. Jerry Brown, warning about the double-barreled fiscal risk posed by Republican-controlled Washington and an impending economic downturn, presented a $177.1 billion proposed budget Tuesday that assumes the state will take in billions of dollars less than lawmakers previously estimated. But the Democratic governor refrained from laying out how the state might react if it loses federal funding, saying it’s premature to predict how the Trump ...

Shoppers On California Exchange Sidestep Soaring Premiums But Pass Up Subsidies

January 10, 2017  |   News and Events   |     |   Comments Off on Shoppers On California Exchange Sidestep Soaring Premiums But Pass Up Subsidies

Californians tend to avoid the worst of premium hikes on the state exchange by choosing lower-cost plans, but many also miss out on financial assistance because they pick the wrong type of plan or buy coverage off the exchange, according to two studies published Monday in the journal Health Affairs. One of the studies shows that when consumers faced premium increases from 2014 to 2016, ...

How Would Repeal Of The ACA Affect Californians’ Health Coverage?

December 14, 2016  |   News and Events   |     |   Comments Off on How Would Repeal Of The ACA Affect Californians’ Health Coverage?

In almost every county across California, regardless of its political leaning, at least one in ten people has health coverage because of Obamacare. And in some counties, almost one fifth of the population is eligible for insurance under the Affordable Care Act, either through the expansion of Medi-Cal or Covered California, the state-run health insurance marketplace that offers subsidized private coverage. A California Healthline examination of data from the state agencies that administer Obamacare in California showed ...

In House Majority Leader’s Calif. District, Many Depend On Health Law He Wants To Scrap

December 05, 2016  |   News and Events   |     |   Comments Off on In House Majority Leader’s Calif. District, Many Depend On Health Law He Wants To Scrap

U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act first and replace it sometime later. That doesn’t sit well with Victoria Barton, who lives in McCarthy’s rural California district. “It’s like they dangled the carrot and now they’re taking it away,” said Barton, 38, of Bakersfield, an unpaid photographer and stay-at-home mother of two. Barton and her husband, a contract computer technician, had been uninsured for most of their adult lives ...

Health Care Reform: Changing the Tax Treatment of Health Insurance

November 30, 2016  |   News and Events   |     |   Comments Off on Health Care Reform: Changing the Tax Treatment of Health Insurance

By Greg D'Angelo and Robert E. Moffit, Ph.D. Leading Members of Congress and certain officials in the Obama Administration are reportedly considering changes to the federal tax treatment of health insurance as a means of financing health reform.[1] If there is one area in health policy where there is a powerful consensus among serious analysts, conservative and liberal alike, it is the need to change the existing tax treatment of health ...

Could Legalizing Pot Diminish California’s Gains Against Smoking?

November 17, 2016  |   News and Events   |     |   Comments Off on Could Legalizing Pot Diminish California’s Gains Against Smoking?

California’s decision to legalize marijuana was touted as a victory for those who had argued that the state needed a system to decriminalize, regulate and tax it. But the new law, approved by voters on Nov. 8, also could be a boon to the tobacco industry at a time when cigarette smoking is down and cigarette companies are looking for ways to expand their market, according to researchers in Los Angeles County and around the state. They ...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dave Jones Predicts Death and Despair?

November 11, 2016  |   News and Events   |     |   Comments Off on FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dave Jones Predicts Death and Despair?

News: 2016 Press Release For Release: November 10, 2016 Media Calls Only: 916-492-3566 Trump’s proposal to repeal ACA will leave 20 million without coverage Repeal and Replace of ACA means death and despair[?] SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones issued the follow statement today regarding the impact of proposals to repeal the Affordable Care Act: "Passage of the Affordable Care Act was one of the most significant changes in federal law in decades. ...

California Faces Major Reversal If Trump, Congress Scrap Health Law

November 10, 2016  |   News and Events   |     |   Comments Off on California Faces Major Reversal If Trump, Congress Scrap Health Law

By Chad Terhune November 9, 2016 California has a lot to lose if President-elect Donald Trump and the Republican-led Congress fulfill their campaign pledge to repeal Obamacare. The Golden State fully embraced the Affordable Care Act by expanding Medicaid coverage for the poor and creating its own health insurance exchange for about 1.4 million enrollees. Supporters held California up as proof the health law could work as intended. But now President Barack Obama’s signature law is ...

Bay Area small business squeezed by increased healthcare costs

November 07, 2016  |   News and Events   |     |   Comments Off on Bay Area small business squeezed by increased healthcare costs

By: Kevin Truong Much of the attention on higher health insurance costs has been focused on Affordable Care Act marketplaces, which are seeing double-digit increases nationwide. But what about the 45 percent of state residents who get their insurance through their employer? While it’s true that premium rate increases since the advent of Obamacare have remained low in employer-funded health plans, that doesn’t mean they’re immune to market pressures pushing up ...