Covered California, the new state health benefit exchange, will release a tentative list of health plans and rates for the program at a board meeting in Sacramento Thursday. The meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the auditorium at the Office of the Secretary of State, 1500 11th Street in Sacramento. The open session is expected to begin about 12:30.
If you have been paying attention to US healthcare policy debates lately, you know that hospitals have a price problem. Walk across the street from one hospital to a competitor hospital, and you could easily find yourself facing a $30,000 increase in your medical bills.
Health insurance industry veteran Rudy Garcia became an independent broker early last year, opening his own Los Angeles firm so he could focus on small-business clients. Garcia, owner of Qandun Insurance Advisors, now serves some 40 small businesses, most with fewer than 50 employees, and sees himself in a good position as employers prepare for landmark changes coming under the new U.S. health reform law.
A new poll finds 42 percent of Americans aren’t sure that the Affordable Care Act is actually a law. Guest Host Celeste Headlee discusses this and other health care-related issues with Mary Agnes Carey, senior correspondent at Kaiser Health News, and NPR’s Senior Washington Editor, Ron Elving.
CVS Caremark (CVS) was widely criticized in March when word got out that its employees would have to submit to yearly health screenings or pay $50 more a month for insurance. The pharmacy chain isn’t exceptional: The Kaiser Family Foundation reports nearly half of U.S. companies with more than 200 employees have wellness programs that measure workers’ weight, blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol.
Covered California exchange officials on Tuesday awarded $37 million in outreach grants to 48 community-based organizations. Those groups all have a wide reach, and represent a much bigger bloc of community organizations, according to Peter Lee, executive director of the California Health Benefit Exchange, now known as Covered California.
As with a lot of other families living in the eastern Coachella Valley, when one of our family members fell sick, it meant driving about 100 miles across the border into Mexico, to the city of Mexicali, to get taken care of by a doctor. The only other option, it seemed, was not being taken care of at all.
The rate of employer-sponsored health insurance in Massachusetts increased by about one percentage point during a five-year period after the state’s landmark health reform law took effect in 2006, while the national rate fell by nearly 6% during the same period, according to a new report from PricewaterhouseCoopers, The Hill’s “Healthwatch” reports.
You’re young (30 years old or younger). You’re invincible (haven’t seen a doctor since you broke your arm in the fifth grade). And you have better things to do with what little money you have than to spend it on health insurance (sounds good to me). Well, things happen.
California plans to deploy 21,000 people across the state to sign up consumers when enrollment in the health insurance exchange begins Oct. 1. The squads of trained, government-paid helpers will be armed with the know-how to untangle the complexities of insurance coverage.
To the surprise of both political parties and planners of all types, American health-care spending appears to be slowing down. The health growth rate has flattened out at about 3.9% over the last three years—a record low since the 1960s and down from the old normal of 6.2% to 9.7% in the 2000s.
For years, we have had a heath insurance market that was broken for small businesses. Because they had less bargaining power, small businesses paid an average of 18 percent more for the same health insurance plan offered to the bigger business down the street, and their premiums could skyrocket if a single employee got sick.
Four states that have snubbed the federal health law by defaulting to the federal government to build new online insurance marketplaces and not agreeing to expand Medicaid are getting new jobs at call centers that will help consumers understand their new coverage options this fall.
WASHINGTON — The federal government has met its deadlines, tested its system and collected insurance plan information critical to rolling out the 2010 health care law, White House and other federal officials say, despite the rumors of train wrecks, delays and bare-bones health care exchanges rocking Washington.
With the launch of California’s health insurance exchange (Covered California) and the expansion of its public programs under the Affordable Care Act, it is easy to overlook a core tenet of federal health reform: preserving the employer-based coverage model.
California — As California gears up for Obamacare, a bill in the assembly would penalize large companies for not providing health coverage to their workers. Supporters say the measure would close a big loophole.