Webmaster on October 7, 2014 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce encourages businesses and their employees to vote for these candidates and ballot propositions endorsed by the Chamber PAC and the Chamber Board of Directors in the election four weeks from today. Every one of these votes is crucial to our future.  

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Governor Acts on Chamber Request to Veto AB 1881

Gary Toebben on September 30, 2014 at 10:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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On Aug. 12, 2014, the Chamber, through its attorney George Kieffer, sent a letter to Gov. Brown strongly urging him to veto AB 1881, which would have mandated the nomination and appointment process for the Employee Relations Board of the City of Los Angeles and the Employee Relations Commission of the County of Los Angeles.

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Benefit from Integrated Health Care and Accountable Care Organization models

Barbara Weltman, attorney and author of The Complete Idiotís Guide to Starting a Home-Based Business on September 24, 2014 at 10:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room 
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Employers want affordable health coverage for their employees without sacrificing the delivery of health services. One option to consider is the integrated health care model in which the health plan, the hospital and the doctors work together in a coordinated way to benefit patients. 

The term “integrated health care” has been used to describe a variety of situations: the combination of traditional and alternative medicine, the provision of sick care and wellness under one umbrella, the treatment of physical and behavioral problems at the same time, etc. In this article, we discuss the four important benefits of the integrated health care model and the emerging Accountable Care Organization (ACO) model.

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Join Us at ACCESS L.A. City Hall on Sept. 30

Gary Toebben on September 23, 2014 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Elected officials and their staff at City Hall often turn to our policy team on the City Council floor and say, “Why don’t you fill the room with your people like labor does?” We respond with the truth, which is that unlike labor, our members don’t get paid to take a day off to show up in Council chambers. Our members need to run their businesses, service their customers and create jobs.

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FIX LAX Coalition Pays Off

Gary Toebben on September 16, 2014 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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For many years, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce has been at the forefront of a coalition of business, labor, airlines, passengers and civic stakeholders who have been pressing for the modernization of LAX. A groundbreaking at Terminal 1 today represented the success of that effort.

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The Health Care System Today: What You Donít See Can Cost You

Samantha Beasley on September 10, 2014 at 12:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room 
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One of the largest—and most controllable—contributors to rising health care costs in the United States today is overutilization, or overuse, of the health care system. Yet cost is not the only consequence of overutilization—also at stake is health, quality of life, and in some cases, life itself. In fact, the United States spends a significant amount more per person on health care than any other country in the world, and yet U.S. health outcomes are equal to or worse than those in other countries.

Understanding the key drivers behind overutilization is an important step for you as both a business owner and a health care consumer. By understanding the drivers, you can help identify the highest quality and most fairly priced care for you and your employees.

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CEQA Being Used To Thwart 250 Jobs for Los Angeles County

Gary Toebben on September 9, 2014 at 10:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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I am often asked by the media what elected officials can do to be more business-friendly and create new jobs. I tell them about California business regulations and taxes that do not exist in other states. I also talk about streamlined processes and tax credits that do exist in other states.

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Labor Day 2014: Let's Talk Jobs

Gary Toebben on September 2, 2014 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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With the steady news coverage about Mayor Garcetti’s minimum wage proposal for the City of Los Angeles, two important stories stood in the shadows. The first is that the California economy is improving; and the second is that there are still thousands of unemployed Californians, especially in L.A. County. 

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Charity Care in L.A.ís Diverse Communities

Samantha Beasley on August 27, 2014 at 12:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room 
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Charity Care in L.A.’s Diverse Communities

Despite the Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandate, there are certain groups of people that will not be able to obtain health insurance and who will (in essence) “fall through the cracks.” This population is composed primarily of those exempt from the individual mandate because insurance options are not affordable, those who opt out of the individual mandate and face resulting penalties and undocumented immigrants and legal residents of less than five years. According to a 2010 report by the Center for Health Care Strategies, the estimated 20 million individuals who are not able to take advantage of ACA will have to depend, to one degree or another, on charity care programs.

 

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There They Go Again

Gary Toebben on August 26, 2014 at 10:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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I wish I could say I was surprised. I wish I could say that this is a new frustration. In reality it is just the same old song we keep hearing from public employee unions. More than a year ago, Gov. Jerry Brown and the legislature showed leadership by making some moderate changes to the State’s pension systems.

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