Payments for cost sharing increasing rapidly over time
Gary Claxton, Larry Levitt, Michelle Long - Kaiser Family Foundation on April 13, 2016 at 10:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room Comments (0)
Rising cost-sharing for people with health insurance has drawn a good deal of public attention in recent years. For example, the average deductible for people with employer-provided health coverage rose from $303 to $1,077 between 2006 and 2015.
While we can get a sense of employees’ potential exposure to out-of-pocket costs by looking at trends in deductibles, many employees will never reach their deductibles and other employees may have costs that far exceed their deductibles. In addition to deductible payments, some employees also have copayments (set dollar amounts for a given service) or coinsurance payments (a percentage of the allowed amount for the service). To look at what workers and their families actually spend out-of-pocket for services covered by their employer-sponsored plan, we analyzed a sample of health benefit claims from the Truven MarketScan Commercial Claims and Encounters Database to calculate the average amounts paid toward deductibles, copayments and coinsurance.Read More
Trends in Employer-Sponsored Insurance Offer and Coverage Rates, 1999-2014
Michelle Long, Matthew Rae, Gary Claxton, and Anthony Damico | Kaiser Family Foundation on March 30, 2016 at 1:00:00 pm in Health Care Waiting Room Comments (0)
The majority of nonelderly people get their health coverage through an employer-based plan. This issue brief uses data from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) to examine trends in employer-sponsored health insurance (ESI) for different types of people and households. While ESI remains the leading source of coverage for nonelderly people (those under age 65), the percentage covered by an employer plan has declined over the last fifteen years. A similar pattern exists with firm offer rates; fewer workers were offered health insurance from their employer in 2014 than in 1999. The decrease in offer and coverage rates has not been universal; families with low and modest incomes have been most affected by the decline. While coverage rates have declined over time, the percentage of the nonelderly population covered by ESI is similar between 2013 and 2014.Read More
Rise Of Latino Political Power In Capitol Could Give New Momentum To Health Care
David Gorn, California Healthline on March 4, 2016 at 10:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room Comments (0)
When Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) is sworn in as assembly speaker Monday, it will mark a historic moment in California politics: For the first time, the two top posts in the state legislature will be held by Latinos.
Rendon will join Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) at the top of the Capitol’s political pyramid, a development that could signal much brighter prospects for health care legislation — especially the effort to provide adult immigrants who are living here illegally with coverage under Medi-Cal, the government program for people with low incomes.Read More
State Legislature Passes New MCO Tax, Rescues Over $1 Billion for Medi-Cal
David Gorn, California Health Line on March 2, 2016 at 10:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room Comments (0)
The California legislature Monday approved a new health care tax, capping a months-long quest to safeguard over $1 billion in annual Medi-Cal funding the federal government had threatened to take away.Read More
Covered California for Small Business boosts coverage for small companies
Covered California for Small Business on February 17, 2016 at 3:30:00 pm in Health Care Waiting Room Comments (0)
This is an important year for small businesses looking to gain an edge on the competition by offering group health insurance to its employees through Covered California for Small Business (CCSB) and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
In 2016, businesses with up to 100 employees can apply for coverage for their workers. That is an increase from 2015, when only businesses with fewer than 50 workers could apply for coverage through the Covered California exchange.Read More
A Last-Minute Reprieve For Some Consumers On California Exchange
Ched Terhune and Barbara Feder Ostrov, California Healthline on February 3, 2016 at 11:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room Comments (0)
Covered California, the state's insurance exchange, announced Friday that it was extending its enrollment deadline until Feb. 6 for people who had officially begun the process of signing up by Sunday.
Exchange officials said they extended the Sunday deadline to accommodate a surge in enrollment in the previous week involving “tens of thousands” of consumers.Read More
2015 Southern California State of Reform Health Policy Conference
DJ Wilson, stateofreform.com on October 23, 2015 at 10:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room Comments (0)
The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to be a Major Sponsor of the 2015 Southern California State of Reform Health Policy Conference being held on Nov. 6. The event convenes senior health care executives and health policy leaders from across the spectrum of care to dialogue on the most pressing issues facing health care today. This conference relies on a Convening Panel of folks which you will recognize as a diverse set of thought leaders, policy makers and executives from a wide range of California’s health care sector.Read More
Chamber members can utilize a 30 percent discount code by registering for the event with the code CHAMBER. The event is held at the JW Marriott at LA Live and is an all day, single day conference.
Congress Stops ACA's New Definition of Small Business
Samantha Beasley, Director of Public Policy, L.A. Area Chamber on October 7, 2015 at 10:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room Comments (0)
An Affordable Care Act (ACA) provision that changes the definition of a "small business employer" has garnered bipartisan opposition in Congress and was effectively reversed last week. The Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees (PACE) Act, stops the ACA from requiring that businesses of 51-100 people enter the small-group insurance market in 2016 and manage the costs of new coverage.Read More
Is your employee health plan compliant with the ACA?
Health Law Guide for Business on September 23, 2015 at 10:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room Comments (0)
If you have a small business that offers health insurance, make sure your plan complies with Affordable Care Act (ACA) rules that take effect at the end of the year. If your business offers a grandfathered plan or if your health insurance does not comply with the ACA, then you have until Dec. 1, 2015 to enroll in an ACA compliant plan to ensure your coverage meets the terms of the law on Jan. 1, 2016.Read More
Committee Gives 'Mega Bill' Go-Ahead
California Healthline on September 11, 2015 at 10:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room Comments (0)
A special legislative session committee in the California Legislature approved a far-reaching bill on Thursday that imposes a $2-a-pack tax on cigarettes and a similar tax on electronic cigarettes, institutes a revised version of the current tax on managed care organizations, funds programs to curb tobacco use, pays for a 7 percent restoration in In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) hours, provides money to bolster services for the developmentally disabled and boosts pay rates for providers of those services.Read More