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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 ...

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 ...