California effort would give insurance commissioner new power to fight health insurers

The biggest applause line Senator Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) got at a gathering of Democratic Party activists last week came when she endorsed a ballot initiative to give the California Insurance Commissioner power to reject excessive health insurance rate increases. Read More..
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California effort would give insurance commissioner new power to fight health insurers

The biggest applause line Senator Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) got at a gathering of Democratic Party activists last week came when she endorsed a ballot initiative to give the California Insurance Commissioner power to reject excessive health insurance rate increases. Read More..
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The Public Option Did Not Die

In a cavernous room just east of San Francisco, an army of phone operators fields calls from their customers. A large computer screen blinks the number of people on hold: two, and the average wait time: one minute, 12 seconds. These phone operators working in a non-descript office par
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San Francisco’s new rules on health reimbursement arrangements

San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee in November signed legislation that imposes new rules on the use of health reimbursement arrangements to satisfy the city’s health care spending law. Among other things, employees will have more time to use their account balances and have a new right to t
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Employers Must Comply with Changes to San Francisco Health Care Mandate Beginning January 1, 2012

San Francisco’s Health Care Security Ordinance has been amended to require more of certain employers with workers in the City and County of San Francisco. The amendments will take effect January 1, 2012. The Ordinance requires many employers to spend a specified minimum amount toward
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State Health Care Reform Update

from Spencer’s Benefits Reports: For the last few years, states have been leading the way toward more comprehensive health care coverage to ensure that more people have or can obtain health insurance. With the passage of federal health care reform, states will have increasing responsi
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San Francisco legislators near deal with mayor to curb health reimbursement arrangements

SAN FRANCISCO—San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee and the city’s legislators are nearing an agreement on a compromise plan to impose new restrictions on health reimbursement arrangements, potentially setting the stage for a new legal battle involving the city’s controversial hea
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Proposed San Francisco Health Care Reform Adds Complexity For Employers

Last week, San Francisco’s Mayor exercised his veto power for the first time to stop legislation designed to close an alleged “loophole” in the San Francisco Health Care Security Ordinance. This week, employers wait to see whether the San Francisco Board of Supervisors will go back to
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State Health Care Reform Update

For the last few years, states have been leading the way toward more comprehensive health care coverage to ensure that more people have or can obtain health insurance. With the passage of federal health care reform, states will have increasing responsibilities in regard to employer-pr
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