How Would Repeal Of The ACA Affect Californians’ Health Coverage?
Pauline Bartolone and Lydia Zuraw, California Healthline on December 14, 2016 at 10:30:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room Comments (0)
In almost every county across California, regardless of its political leaning, at least one in 10 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.Read More
California Braces For Medi-Cal’s Future
Anna Gorman and Pauline Bartolone, California Healthline on November 22, 2016 at 11:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room Comments (0)
California grabbed the first opportunity to expand Medicaid and ran with it, helping cut the number of uninsured people in half in a few short years.
Thanks in part to billions of dollars in federal funding, a third of California’s residents — including half its children — are insured by Medi-Cal, the state’s version of Medicaid.
Now, with the election of Donald Trump and a Republican-controlled Congress, the state that bet so heavily on the Medicaid expansion is bracing to see how much of its work will be undone. While no one knows yet exactly what will happen, many policymakers and advocates fear the federal government will end or severely limit funding for the expansion.Read More
CMS Gets Kudos for New Medicare Payment Rule
Mary Ellen McIntire, Morning Consult on October 14, 2016 at 12:00:00 pm in Health Care Waiting Room Comments (0)
Reaction was positive to a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services rule released Friday finalizing changes to how doctors are paid through Medicare. Health provider groups said they were pleased that the agency has been, and expects to continue to be, responsive to their concerns.
The changes implement a new law aimed at saving the Medicare program money by rewarding providers for high quality care. Under the rule, providers will have two paths to choose from to start shifting away from the traditional fee-for-service system.Read More
Good health is good for business!
Sam Beasley, Director, Public Policy, L.A. Area Chamber on October 6, 2016 at 10:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room Comments (0)
Losses in productivity due to worker illness and injury cost U.S. employers $225.8 billion annually. Knowing what business leaders can do to improve health and wellness among employees and within their community has shown to not only help businesses thrive, but it can also be the tipping point towards ensuring economic vitality and creating equitable prosperity. Read More
Can Health Care Adapt to a New Economy?
Samantha Beasley, Director, Public Policy, L.A. Area Chamber on September 23, 2016 at 11:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room Comments (0)
Today, consumers expect what they want, when they want it. But where does this emerging on-demand economy leave health care?
Consider the state of health care. The average wait time to see a primary care doctor is 18 days. The average emergency room wait time in Los Angeles is 3.5 hours. And yet 71 percent of emergency room visits are unnecessary.Read More
Covered California August Board Meeting
Marina Acosta, Insure the Uninsured Project on August 31, 2016 at 2:00:00 pm in Health Care Waiting Room Comments (0)
After a month-long break, the Covered California Board reconvened for its monthly meeting on Aug. 18, 2016. Covered California provided updates on media coverage and enrollment numbers for Covered California for Small Business (CCSB). Board members approved readoption of the requirements for the certified application counselor program and individual eligibility and enrollment regulations. Covered California provided updates on its application for a Section 1332 federal waiver under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and signaled its intent to adopt the final application at the September board meeting. Finally, the Board discussed draft CCSB eligibility and enrollment regulations with action to be considered at the September meeting.1Read More
Small Businesses Avoiding Year-End Stress and Delays by Switching Open Enrollment to Summer Time
Covered California on August 3, 2016 at 10:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room Comments (0)
Scheduling open enrollment for health insurance at the end of the year is akin to driving on the Bay Bridge during rush hour. The journey could be long, slow and more than a little frustrating.Read More
California ACA Exchange Rates to Jump 13.2 Percent on Average
Caitlin Owens, Morning Consult on July 22, 2016 at 1:00:00 pm in Health Care Waiting Room Comments (0)
Obamacare exchange premiums in California will go up an average of 13.2 percent next year, although almost 80 percent of consumers could pay less or see a premium increase of no more than 5 percent if they shop around.Read More
California Budget: Small Health Gains, Advocates Look to November Ballot For Big-Ticket Items
Pauline Bartlonoe, California Healthline on June 24, 2016 at 10:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room Comments (0)
The $122.5 billion state budget approved last week by California lawmakers will fund a variety of health-related efforts, including training of primary care physicians, dental care for school children and medical interpreters for Medi-Cal, the government-funded insurance program for people with low incomes.Read More
Wondering if you are an applicable large employer?
Covered California on May 11, 2016 at 10:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room Comments (0)
Health Insurance Rules Changing In 2016 For Businesses Considered Large; Those With 100 or Fewer Employees Could Still See Big Advantages.
When it comes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, many employers have to determine if their business is big enough, where they must offer health insurance to their employees under the law.Read More