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Acupuncture Fallout From Obama Health Care Delay

Acupuncture Fallout From Obama Health Care Delay

The impact on acupuncture health insurance benefits by the Obama administration’s decision to partially delay enforcement of the Affordable Care Act has limited fallout. President ObamaSeveral factors play into tempering the effects of this move. The delay only applies to companies with more than 50 full-time employees. Approximately 94% of [...]

Obamacare Provision Delayed – Employers Get Extra Year

Obamacare Provision Delayed – Employers Get Extra Year

The requirement that businesses provide their workers with health insurance or face fines - a key provision contained in President Barack Obama's sweeping health care law - will be delayed by one year, the Treasury Department said Tuesday. The delay came after business owners expressed concerns about the complexity of the reporting requirements, [...]

Early Filings Signal Higher Out-of-Pocket Costs For Bronze Plans

Early Filings Signal Higher Out-of-Pocket Costs For Bronze Plans

HEALTHCARE • Early Filings Signal Higher Out-of-Pocket Costs for Bronze Plans • Workers Are Not Prepared For Consumer-Driven Health Care • Healthcare Costs Increases to Slow • Price Transparency Efforts Miss the Mark • Insurers Don’t Provide Enough Cost and Quality Information • Consumer Directed Health Plan Enrollment Surges [...]

Lawmakers Approve Health Insurance Protections

Lawmakers Approve Health Insurance Protections

Lawmakers have sent Gov. Jerry Brown a pair of consumer protection bills that prevent health insurance companies from discriminating and overcharging customers. The legislation updates California laws to match new rules under the federal Affordable Care Act. They will give state agencies the power to enforce and regulate individual insurance [...]

Age Ratings Not Expected to Drive Up Costs for Younger Consumers

Age Ratings Not Expected to Drive Up Costs for Younger Consumers

 HEALTHCARE • Age Ratings Not Expected to Drive Up Costs for Younger Consumers • Health Insurers Anticipate an Increase in Self-Funding •Medicare Advantage Deductibles Fall for  Plans • CMS Boosts Medicare Advantage Reimbursement Rates • CMS Offers Navigator Grants • Republicans Introduce Pre-Existing Plan Bill EMPLOYEE [...]

Covered California Gives $50M Small Employer Contract to Pinnacle

Covered California Gives $50M Small Employer Contract to Pinnacle

Covered California has awarded a three-year, $50 million contract to Irvine-based Pinnacle Claims Management Inc. to administer the state’s new small employer health insurance program. The contract is supported by federal funding under the Affordable Care Act. Covered California is expected to pick up the tab with its own revenue, starting in [...]

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, [...]

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 Reports Positive Effects of Health Reform

California Reports Positive Effects of Health Reform

Data is coming in on pilot studies for Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) showing reduction in costs and improvement in care, along the lines intended by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in a report issued by the California Primary Care Association (CPCA).  Carmela Castellano-Garcia, the CPCA CEO said, “It’s very powerful to have this [...]

Health Reform Benchmarks Linked to FQHCs

Health Reform Benchmarks Linked to FQHCs

Federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) already have shown some of the results pursued by the Affordable Care Act, according to a study released this week by the California Primary Care Association. The CPCA commissioned researchers to compare high-cost factors, such as hospital stays and emergency department use, as well as total cost of [...]

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