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Issa Takes Aim at Federal Security Protocols

Issa Takes Aim at Federal Security Protocols

California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa continued his probe into possible security failures accompanying the flawed Oct. 1 launch of HealthCare.gov – this time behind the closed doors of a hearing held in executive session to prevent potentially sensitive documents from being released to the public. The Jan. 28 hearing was a departure from the [...]

Obamacare Even More Confusing After Exchange Operator Rejects Change

Obamacare Even More Confusing After Exchange Operator Rejects Change

The Rubik's Cube that is healthcare reform might have become even more puzzling for some people Thursday after the operator of California's online insurance exchange rejected President Obama's call for extending the life of canceled policies. Covered California said it'll stick with its Dec. 31 deadline. All plans that don't comply with the [...]

Doctors Quitting Medicare: Is Obamacare Really To Blame?

Doctors Quitting Medicare: Is Obamacare Really To Blame?

Despite dire predictions,  the number of physicians who agreed to accept Medicare patients continues to grow year-over-year. Yes, the number of doctors saying no to Medicare has proportionately risen quite a bit – from 3,700 doctors in 2009 to 9,539 in 2012. (And in some cases, Obamacare has been a convenient scapegoat). But, the number of [...]

The Fallout of Delaying the Employer Mandate

The Fallout of Delaying the Employer Mandate

 HEALTHCARE • The Fallout of Delaying the Employer Mandate •Verification of Exchange Eligibility is Delayed • The ACA Is Spurring the Captive Market • Business Owners Are Not Sure How To Prepare For ObamaCare • Bill Would Expand HSAs & FSAs • HSA Enrollment Soars • Medicare Lacks Cost Consistency • CMS Proposal [...]

Individual Rates to Soar in California

Individual Rates to Soar in California

Subscribe to Insurance Insider News by Leila Morris IN CALIFORNIA • Individual Rates to Soar in California HEALTHCARE • Employer Coverage Rises After Massachusetts Health Reform • Healthcare Spending Growth Expected to Remain Low • Medicare Hospital Price Data Reveals Wide Variations • Employee Nabbed for Cheating a Wellness [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Policymakers Overlook A Major Cost Driver

Policymakers Overlook A Major Cost Driver

 HEALTHCARE • Policymakers Overlook a Major Cost Driver • DOL Delays Exchange Coverage Notice • HHS Allows Exclusions to Contraceptive Mandate • States Fall Behind in Enacting Market Reforms • Medicare’s Bundled Payment Initiative • Health Account Balances Resume Growth LONG TERM CARE INSURANCE • Consumers Want Lower Cost [...]