California Senate Approves Reference Based Pricing

MyHealthGuide Source: Ana B. Ibarra, 8/30/2016, California Healthline and Senate Bill AB-72 Article referred by Bill Rusteberg, RiskManagers.us A measure to protect California consumers from surprise medical bills — among the longest-debated issues to be considered by state lawm
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The fascinating facts about immigrants and health insurance

By Robin Gelburd Immigration has been much in the news lately, with the Supreme Court deadlock blocking President Obama’s immigration reform program, California’s move to try to extend participation in their state health exchange to undocumented immigrants, and the continuing prominen
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Gov. Jerry Brown agrees to seek health insurance for undocumented immigrants

By Jeremy B. White Immigrants in California illegally moved closer to being able to purchase health insurance through public channels on Friday, as Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill seeking federal permission for unauthorized residents to participate in the state’s insurance exchange. Se
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California Moves Toward Extending Obamacare to Illegal Immigrants

By Kimberly Leonard | Staff Writer During a 2009 address to a joint session of Congress, President Barack Obama told the country that his plans for health care reform would not extend to people who are in the country illegally. “You lie!” South Carolina Republican Rep. Joe
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UnitedHealth to exit California’s Obamacare market

By Chad Terhune UnitedHealth Group is leaving California’s insurance exchange at the end of this year, state officials confirmed Tuesday. The nation’s largest health insurer announced in April it was dropping out of all but a handful of 34 health insurance marketplaces it
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California may raise health insurance rates amid Obamacare concerns

By Chad Terhune, Kaiser Health News California’s health insurance exchange estimates that its Obamacare premiums may rise 8 percent on average next year, which would end two consecutive years of more modest 4 percent increases. The projected rate increase in California, included in th
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California insurance marketplace wants to kick out poor-performing hospitals

By Chad Terhune California’s insurance exchange is threatening to cut hospitals from its networks for poor performance or high costs, a novel proposal that is drawing heavy fire from medical providers and insurers. The goal is to boost the overall quality of patient care and make cove
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Supreme Court of California Case Notification for Children’s Hospital Central California v. Blue Cross of California

In an important legal development in the healthcare cost debate, the California Supreme Court has denied a petition for review of the recent decision in Children’s Hospital of Central California v. Blue Cross of California, 226 Cal. App.4th 1260 (2014). You’ll recall that
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California: Insurers must cover elective abortions

By Associated Press Health insurance companies in California may not refuse to cover the cost of abortions, state insurance officials have ruled in a reversal of policy stemming from the decision by two Catholic universities to drop elective abortions from their employee health plans.
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California delays ACA for small employers

By Michael Giardina California employers with fewer than 50 employees will not have to offer Affordable Care Act-compliant health plans until 2016 thanks to a new state law. Read more…
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