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CA Bill Would Fine Big Firms Whose Workers Get Medi-Cal

CA Bill Would Fine Big Firms Whose Workers Get Medi-Cal

For years, politicians and labor unions have pilloried Wal-Mart and other large employers for paying workers so little that many qualify for government health insurance at taxpayers' expense. Now critics fear the public will get stuck with an even bigger tab as California and other states expand Medicaid as part of the federal healthcare law. [...]

Health Law Critics Seek to Gut Program by Undermining Exchanges

Health Law Critics Seek to Gut Program by Undermining Exchanges

Opponents of President Barack Obama’s health-care law are gearing up for a new round of attacks, this time targeting the legislation’s insurance exchanges that would expand coverage to millions of Americans. While opposition to the health-care program is nothing new, the tactics are changing. Rather than focusing on repealing the law in [...]

Total Annuity Sales Decline 6%

Total Annuity Sales Decline 6%

Total annuity sales for Q1 2013 were $51.7 billion, a 6-percent decrease, according to the first quarter 2013 “U.S. Individual Annuities Sales” survey from LIMRA. The report includes data from 94 percent of the market, LIMRA said. Variable annuity sales declined 4 percent to $35.5 billion, the sixth-consecutive quarter of declines on a [...]

New Obamacare Rates Lower Than Expected

New Obamacare Rates Lower Than Expected

California health officials on Thursday unveiled the likely rates that insurers will charge under President Obama’s health-care law — and they are lower than expected, rebutting warnings by critics that many people will experience “rate shock” once the law is fully implemented. A person who chooses a mid-level plan can expect to pay [...]

AB-670 Targets Pharmacist Kickback Schemes

AB-670 Targets Pharmacist Kickback Schemes

California State Assembly Bill AB-670 aims to close a loophole in state law that allows health insurers to give a financial kickback to pharmacists every time they decide to give customers cheaper, poorer quality drugs that are not chemically equivalent to those prescribed by the customer’s doctor. AB 670, filed by California [...]

Senate Bill 281 Would Regulate Chronic Care Hybrids

Senate Bill 281 Would Regulate Chronic Care Hybrids

Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, Calif., has introduced Senate Bill 281, a bill that would let insurers sell life insurance-institutional care hybrids that are not life insurance-long-term care hybrids. S.B. 281 would let an insurer sell a life insurance policy with a provision or rider designed in such a way that the policy would pay [...]

A Public Health Compromise for California

A Public Health Compromise for California

The Legislature is poised to offer health insurance to millions of additional low-income Californians, with the federal government covering much of the cost. The expansion would be a boon to counties, which collectively spend billions of dollars caring for the indigent uninsured. One sticking point, though, is what to do with the more than $4 [...]

CA Health Exchange Poised to Hand Out Millions in Grants

CA Health Exchange Poised to Hand Out Millions in Grants

Tens of millions of dollars in outreach grants are set to be awarded next week in a massive campaign to persuade uninsured Californians to buy coverage as a linchpin in the looming health care overhaul. Applicants include community-based nonprofits, social service centers, huge labor unions and school districts - including Los Angeles Unified [...]

Wal-Mart Could Transform Health Care. But Does it Want to?

Wal-Mart Could Transform Health Care. But Does it Want to?

Wal-Mart is in health care, and getting further entrenched by the year. In the past six months alone, Wal-Mart launched a major contracting initiative with half-a-dozen major hospitals, and dropped hints — since retracted — that the company is exploring new services like a health insurance exchange. To understand the company's scale and [...]

State Controller Sues ANICO For Violating Unclaimed Property Law

State Controller Sues ANICO For Violating Unclaimed Property Law

State Controller John Chiang filed a lawsuit against Texas-based life insurance company ANICO for refusing to turn over records needed to audit the company, which is suspected of failing to pay life insurance benefits to the heirs of deceased policy holders. "In what appears to be a pervasive industry practice, many insurers are fleecing [...]

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