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California Under the Microscope on Health Reform

California Under the Microscope on Health Reform

The November election ensured that the most ambitious health care reform since the creation of Medicare in 1965 will take full effect come January 2014. California, like other states, is gearing up to ensure that affordable insurance is available when the individual mandate kicks in next January, requiring Americans to maintain health [...]

How Might Immigration Reform Influence Health Care Reform?

How Might Immigration Reform Influence Health Care Reform?

Almost half the documented immigrants in the U.S. do not have health coverage, according to 2011 Employee Benefit Research Institute statistics. In California, which has one of the country's largest immigrant populations, immigration policies influence health care policies. Some contend that health care policies influence immigration. Some [...]

Rate Shock Looms for California Consumers

Rate Shock Looms for California Consumers

As the 2014 deadline for full implementation approaches for subsidized health care coverage, health care premiums are rising and uncertainty remains over insurance cost and availability. Many states and state-based organizations have analyzed how the ACA will affect health insurance premiums for small groups and individuals. According to [...]

California Health Insurance Exchange Gets $674-million Grant

California Health Insurance Exchange Gets $674-million Grant

Federal officials awarded California's new health insurance exchange a $674-million grant, providing money for a crucial marketing campaign aimed at reaching millions of uninsured. The two-year grant announced Thursday comes as the five-member board of the exchange, called Covered California, meets in Los Angeles to discuss its plans for [...]

California Health Care Reform: Better Access to What?

California Health Care Reform: Better Access to What?

“We have a disease care system, not a health care system, and the disease care system… if it really was honest with itself, it doesn’t want you to die and it doesn’t want you to get well. It just wants you to keep coming back for your care of your chronic disease.” says Shannon Brownlee, senior research fellow at the New America [...]

Prop 63 Hasn’t Solved CA’s Mental Health Care Crisis

Prop 63 Hasn’t Solved CA’s Mental Health Care Crisis

Proposition 63, approved by voters in 2004 has been good at raising money. The 1 percent tax on millionaires' incomes has netted more than $8 billion over eight years. But what does California have to show for it? Fewer psychiatric hospital beds, fewer doctors treating patients and fewer clinics across the state. An estimated 750,000 California [...]

The Insurable Interest Annuity Revisited

The Insurable Interest Annuity Revisited

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is amending its regulations to add same-sex domestic partners to the class of persons for which an insurable interest is presumed to exist. The rule is designed to relieve federal employees with same-sex domestic partners from the evidentiary requirements in existing regulations for persons outside this [...]

Fiscal Cliff Deal Retirement Plan Revenue Boost Questioned

Fiscal Cliff Deal Retirement Plan Revenue Boost Questioned

One modest way that U.S. lawmakers were able to offset the impact of delaying spending cuts in the deal to avert the "fiscal cliff" was through a retirement plan provision that is supposed to raise $12.2 billion over 10 years. The only problem is that some retirement and fiscal policy experts doubt whether enough people will take advantage of the [...]

Medi-Cal Expansion Could Hit California Budget

Medi-Cal Expansion Could Hit California Budget

Expanding the state's Medi-Cal program to meet new federal guidelines could add up to $4 billion a year in costs at the same time California is implementing federal health reform, potentially putting its budget "right out of whack," Gov. Jerry Brown said Thursday. Brown said his administration is seeking federal waivers for some of the proposed [...]

Many States Say ‘No’ to Health Insurance Exchanges

Many States Say ‘No’ to Health Insurance Exchanges

Many GOP governors not setting up state-run exchanges. Half of the states in the nation have rebuffed a key provision of the Obama administration's health reform law: the creation of state-based health insurance exchanges, according to data compiled by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. State-based health insurance exchanges are a key [...]

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