Will UC & Aetna Come to Terms?

Aetna, UC Clash Over Contract Terms

Why it may disrupt care for thousands of patients

UC Davis Health alerted roughly 6,900 of its patients on Friday that they will likely have to pay substantially higher fees to see its physicians starting April 22 because it has not negotiated a new contract with health insurance giant Aetna. This bargaining stalemate will affect not only UC Davis Health but also UC San Francisco, UC Los Angeles and all other University of California health systems, meaning tens of thousand of Aetna members will be affected around California.

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Medicare go-broke date pushed back to 2031

The date Medicare’s hospital trust fund is expected to run dry has been extended by three years, but stakeholders continue to urge action from Washington to address Medicare’s long-term solvency

The go-broke date for a pivotal trust fund that props up Medicare has been pushed back three years, giving additional wiggle room for Washington to address looming insolvency for a program that currently covers 65 million senior and disabled Americans.

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CMS proposes nearly 3% bump to inpatient pay in fiscal 2024 and installs equity requirements

The Biden administration is proposing a 2.8% bump to inpatient payments to eligible hospitals in the next fiscal year, a $3.3 billion boost for facilities. 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the proposed Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems (IPPS) rule and the Long-Term Care Hospital pay rule. In addition to changes to payment rates, the agency is proposing to measure hospitals on how they tackle health equity. 

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New Final Medicare Marketing Rules Curb Event-Based Marketing

New Medicare plan marketing rules could lead to big changes for Medicare plan marketers that have used educational events to generate leads.

The rules could also impose new advertising and disclosure requirements on Medicare plan marketers — and give agents who serve clients who walk in off the street a new edge over agents who set appoints with prospects in advance.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the agency that oversees Medicare, include the regulations in a new final rule for Medicare program operations for the 2024 coverage year released Wednesday.

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A recent study by the Employee Benefits Research Institute (ERBI) found continuing enthusiasm among employers concerning sponsorship of worker health insurance. According to the ERBI, contrary to predictions envisioning an offload of health benefits, employers do not want to give up control. They view themselves as “paternalistic” and health benefits as advantageous for recruitment and retention. 

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The Big Squeeze: More Enrollees and Smaller Networks Plague Some ACA Plans

The Affordable Care Act may be struggling with its own success. 

Record enrollment over the last two years brought more consumers into the market. At the same time, many insurers began offering smaller networks of doctors and hospitals, partly to be price-competitive.

That combination left some patients scrambling to find an available in-network physician or medical facility. That can be a challenge, especially when enrollees must rely on inaccurate provider lists from their insurance company.

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Small, mid-sized businesses offer employee benefits at record levels

Even in the face of a possible recession and continued market volatility, small and midsized businesses are providing employee benefits at record levels, according to a survey by Principal.

Business owners are offering benefits at the highest levels seen since 2008, said Nate Schelhaas, senior vice president for benefits and protection, and head of business owner segment at Principal. Health and wellness offerings have grown significantly, added Schelhaas. These include comprehensive health, health savings accounts (HSAs), employee-assistance programs (EAPs) and emotional/mental wellness programs.

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Southern California Institute (SCI.)

2023 Thursday Insights

Every Thursday, the Institute presents training sessions for independent attorneys, CPAs, bankers, financial planners, investment advisors, and individuals working in the real estate and insurance industries.

Learn from independent CPAs, bankers, financial planners, insurance experts, real estate agents, and attorneys who conduct training courses every week. Attend this event to find out more about business succession planning.

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Find out what a fair payout is and how to transfer your clients to the right health insurance professional who will advocate for clients as you have for years.

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AgencyBloc Launches Quote+, an AgencyBloc Solution

AgencyBloc Launches Quote+ Group Quoting and Proposal Tool

Quote+ gives brokers one central place to compare all types of health insurance offerings.
AgencyBloc, the leading management platform for independent life and health insurance agencies, announced the launch of the new digital workflow tool for small group business, Quote+.

With Quote+, brokers can compare multiple types of health insurance offerings, including community rated, medically underwritten and ancillary, in one central place with more valuable tools to manage the various time-consuming processes involved in quoting, product comparison and proposal generation. Quote+ is the only solution on the market that allows brokers to easily access and compare medically underwritten products alongside community rated.

The debut of this new quote-to-close solution follows AgencyBloc’s recent acquisition of FormFire, a leading small group quoting tool, and aligns with AgencyBloc’s strategy and commitment to being the leading solution provider for life and health insurance agents.

For more information about Quote+ and other AgencyBloc solutions, visit www.agencybloc.com.

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Majority of healthcare leaders struggle with inefficient data, report finds

An overwhelming 90% of healthcare leaders reported losing revenue due to inefficient data use, according to a new survey and report from healthcare data company Intelligent Medical Objects and market researcher PureSpectrum.

Of 300 surveyed healthcare leaders responsible for purchasing and implementing technology at provider organizations, 84% of respondents reported using more than 20 individual healthcare software vendors, contributing to data silos and “management nightmares,” according to the report.

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LAAHU’S ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM is one of the largest in the state. attracting well over 500 attendees.

Professionals working in the Southern California health insurance sector have access to the best networking and educational opportunities.

Come to connect with others and gain knowledge from renowned speakers.


LAAHU 2023 Annual Symposium –

April 25, 7am to 5pm PST

Pasadena Convention Center

Register here.

Info: 800-676-1628


  • April 18 @ 1:30-2:30 pm PST, CAHIP Medicare 101. Register
  • April 13 @ 10 am PST, NABIP ACA and Beyond Certification Primer. Register.
    NABIP offers ongoing virtual trainings. More info: www.nabip.org.
  • May 4 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, NAIFA Los Angeles, LET’S PLAY POOL! Billiards Night in Pasadena. Register
  • May 16 @11 am-1:45pm CAHIP-OC Anti-Fraud CE Presentation Register


  • April 21/23 @ 2:00-6:00 pm PST, Dancing With the CAHIP-SD Stars, Four Points by Sheraton San Diego. Register
  • April 25 @ 7 am-5 pm PST, LAAHU 2023 Annual Symposium, Pasadena Convention Center. Info: 800-676-1628. Register
  • May 8-10, CAHIP Capitol Summit, Sacramento. Register
  • May 16 @ 8:00 am-3:00 pm PST, 32nd Annual IEAHU Sales Symposium E3: EARN; ELEVATE; EVOLVE. Register 
  • May 18 @ 7:30 am-2 pm PST, CAHIP Desert Cities Health Care Summit, Palm Valley Country Club Palm Desert, CA. Register