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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 
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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.

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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 
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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.
 
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.

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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 
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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.

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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 
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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.

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Committee Gives 'Mega Bill' Go-Ahead

California Healthline on September 11, 2015 at 10:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room 
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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.

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One-Fourth of Employers Offering Health Benefits Will Be Hit With ACA's 'Cadillac Tax'

California Healthline on August 26, 2015 at 4:00:00 pm in Health Care Waiting Room 
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One in four employers offering health care benefits will be subject to the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) so-called "Cadillac tax" in 2018, and 42 percent of employers will be affected a decade after that, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. Under the ACA, employers that offer health plans with annual premiums of more than $10,200 for individuals or $27,500 for families will pay a 40 percent excise tax on the portion of the premiums that exceeds those thresholds. The tax is set to take effect on Jan. 1, 2018. Some employers could begin making changes to benefits now to avoid the tax.

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California's Aging Population Could Strain Health Care System

California Healthline on August 12, 2015 at 10:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room 
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California's health care system could struggle to meet the demand of the state's growing aging population, according to two new reports, the Sacramento Bee's "Capitol Alert" reports.

Details of CHCF Report

According to a report by the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF), California's population of residents ages 65 or older is projected to more than double by 2040. As a result, that population's demand for health care services will increase, but the effects will be disproportionate depending on service type and location.

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Report Highlights Importance of California's Social Safety Net for Children's Health

Michelle Rosenfeld, California Healthline Editor on July 29, 2015 at 10:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room 
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About 2.3 million California children live in poverty -- but that number would go up by 1.28 million if the state's social safety net programs were not available, according to a report from the Public Policy Institute of California.

Although government assistance is available for so many, wide variations in enrollment from county to county have led to disparities, according to the PPIC report released earlier this year.

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Governor's Special Session on Health Care Financing

Samantha Beasley, Director, Public Policy on July 17, 2015 at 12:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room 
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Facing billions in funding challenges for our state’s health care infrastructure in 2016, Governor Jerry Brown recently began a special legislative session on health care financing. In this, hearings are being held in the Senate and Assembly to discuss the needs of our continuously expanding Medi-Cal population, services for people with developmental disabilities, and - most prominently - expiration of the current Managed Care Organization (MCO) tax structure.

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Governor's Special Session on Health Care Financing

Samantha Beasley, Director of Public Policy, L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce on July 15, 2015 at 2:00:00 pm in Health Care Waiting Room 
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Facing billions in funding challenges for our state’s health care infrastructure in 2016, Governor Jerry Brown recently began a special legislative session on health care financing. In this, hearings are being held in the Senate and Assembly to discuss the needs of our continuously expanding Medi-Cal population, services for people with developmental disabilities, and - most prominently - expiration of the current Managed Care Organization (MCO) tax structure.

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