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Latest Amendments to AB 975 Conflict with Federal Affordable Care Act

Latest Amendments to AB 975 Conflict with Federal Affordable Care Act

Since its introduction, Assembly Bill (AB) 975 has faced bipartisan opposition. It was scheduled to have been considered in the Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee. That hearing has been canceled, however, and the bill removed from the committee's jurisdiction.  It's clear that AB 975 is now on life support thanks to yet another series of [...]

Bill Would Let Life Policyholders Use ‘Living Benefit’

Bill Would Let Life Policyholders Use ‘Living Benefit’

A bill that would allow life insurance policyholders to advance the payment of death benefits when they encounter costly and life-changing health conditions is moving in the state Legislature. Senate Bill 281 by Sen. Ron Calderon, a Democrat from Montebello, sailed through the Senate Insurance Committee Wednesday with unanimous approval. The bill [...]

Will California’s Eldercare Reform Help or Hurt?

Will California’s Eldercare Reform Help or Hurt?

Amid all the recent worry about people lacking health insurance, one vulnerable group of Californians appears to be suffering from too much, not too little coverage. Low-income older adults who are dually eligible for both Medicare and Medi-Cal (California’s name for Medicaid). That might sound like a good thing. But the lack of coordination [...]

Healthcare Must Work Smarter to Support Physicians

Healthcare Must Work Smarter to Support Physicians

Health care in the United States has experienced an explosion in biomedical knowledge, dramatic innovations in therapies and surgical procedures, and expanded capacity to manage conditions that previously were debilitating or fatal—and ever more exciting H clinical capabilities are on the horizon. Yet, paradoxically, health care is falling short [...]

Bipartisan Bill Would Help More Americans Save for Retirement

Bipartisan Bill Would Help More Americans Save for Retirement

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, along with Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS), introduced bipartisan legislation aimed at helping more Americans gain retirement savings and security through private employee ownership. A survey released in March by the Employee Benefit Research Institute found that 28% of Americans [...]

How Will Insurance Professionals Benefit from Health Exchanges?

How Will Insurance Professionals Benefit from Health Exchanges?

With an estimated 2.3 million California residents estimated to enroll in a health plan through Covered California by 2017, many insurance professionals are curious about the role of agents and brokers in the exchange. Preliminary information suggests that agents and brokers will be compensated for facilitating enrollments in the individual [...]

Immigrant Health Care: Many Not Eligible for Medicaid Expansion

Immigrant Health Care: Many Not Eligible for Medicaid Expansion

Despite the far-reaching potential expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation estimates that a substantial portion of low-income uninsured adults will be ineligible for Medicaid because of their immigration status which highlighted four states with high percentages of immigrants: Arizona, California, [...]

Healthcare an Obstacle as Republicans Court Latinos

Healthcare an Obstacle as Republicans Court Latinos

As Republican leaders try to woo Latino voters with a new openness to legal status for the nation's illegal immigrants, the party remains at odds with America's fastest-growing ethnic community on another key issue: healthcare. Latinos, who have the lowest rates of health coverage in the country, are among the strongest backers of President [...]

Health-Care Law to Increase CA Claims Cost as Much as 62%

Health-Care Law to Increase CA Claims Cost as Much as 62%

Medical claims costs filed by individual policy holders could rise as much as 62 percent over the next four years in California under the Affordable Care Act, according to a study released Tuesday by the nation's leading group of financial risk analysts. The costs are the biggest driver of health insurance premiums and that could mean higher [...]

California’s Health Care Spending

California’s Health Care Spending

Healthcare has become the largest single piece of the California economy, well over 10 percent of its $2 trillion output of goods and services -- and destined to grow as the state extends medical insurance coverage to millions of Californians under the federal Affordable Care Act. A new nationwide study finds that as large as it may be, the [...]

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