For Californiaís Smallest Businesses, Obamacare Opened The Door
Pauline Bartolone, California Healthline on February 15, 2017 at 2:30:00 pm in Health Care Waiting Room Comments (0)
If Republicans in Congress scrap the Affordable Care Act, Carmina Bautista-Ortiz might have to go back to Mexico for health care. But she’d rather spend the time running the printing shop she and her husband own in Jurupa Valley, a city about 50 miles east of Los Angeles.If Republicans in Congress scrap the Affordable Care Act, Carmina Bautista-Ortiz might have to go back to Mexico for health care. But she’d rather spend the time running the printing shop she and her husband own in Jurupa Valley, a city about 50 miles east of Los Angeles.Read More
The Future of Technology in Small Group Health Insurance
Kirk Whelan, California Broker on February 10, 2017 at 12:00:00 pm in Health Care Waiting Room Comments (0)
The individual health insurance marketplace has long benefited from efficient online sales and enrollment tools. And the majority of consumers and agents in the individual market have readily adopted these tools. Web-based, anonymous quoting and agent-affiliated web portals have become commonplace, making the online purchasing experience the norm for both agents and consumers alike.Read More
One GOP plan says states that like their Obamacare can keep it
Chad Terhune and Pauline Bartolone, California Healthline on January 24, 2017 at 10:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room Comments (0)
California and other states could keep their federally funded insurance exchange with consumer protections intact under a proposal unveiled Monday by two Republican U.S. Senators.Read More
How Would Repeal Of The ACA Affect Californiansí 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-Calís 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