Six insurance firms will offer pediatric dental coverage on California’s new health-care exchange beginning in October. Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield of California, Delta Dental, Health Net, Liberty Dental and Premier Access Dental were the firms selected Tuesday by Covered California, the state exchange.
This fall, just four months from now, tens of millions of Americans who don’t have health insurance will be able to get a quality plan tailored to their specific needs and budget. It’s a major attribute of the nation’s new health care law, the Affordable Care Act, and we need to make sure that Americans who are eligible gain access as quickly as possible.
Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of health and human services, said the call center would be in operation 24 hours a day. The phone number is 800-318-2596. The Web site, www.healthcare.gov, provides information promoting the 2010 health care law and describing new insurance options. The Web site and call center currently have only general information about coverage.
nsurers who failed to meet Obamacare efficiency rules will return $500 million to consumers across the country this summer, the Obama administration announced Thursday — but the chunk of change Americans will see depends heavily on where they live. The bulk of the rebates are headed to California, where 1.4 million people will receive rebates averaging $71 each, and Texas, where 726,000 residents are due checks averaging $95.
U.S. insurers will pay $500 million in rebates to employers and individuals this summer because of President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, about half the amount they paid last year. The law, often called Obamacare, requires companies to refund customers when they spend less than 80 percent of premiums they collect on medical care.
Right now, the California Legislature is considering a bill that threatens our ability to foster growth in manufacturing and other critical sectors. That bill, AB 880 by Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez, will severely harm businesses, employees and the state’s effort to implement the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Even though California finally is climbing out of the recession, many of our communities still live in depths of poverty. Tragically, our working poor continue to suffer, while wealthy corporations experience huge profit gains and executives enjoy pay raises and bonuses.
The cost of health coverage under Obamacare remains one the biggest mysteries of the nation’s health care overhaul. But nagging cost questions will slowly be answered this summer as insurers and state officials set 2014 health plan rates for people who buy coverage outside of work or purchase it through small employers.
To take advantage of Obamacare’s reforms, people need to be educated–they need to understand how the law will benefit them and their families on a personal level. Obamacare won’t work unless we make it work–and there’s a lot of work left to do.
A nonprofit patient-advocacy organization based in Sacramento has prepared a guide to help consumers navigate open enrollment through Covered California this fall. “Healthcare Coverage in 2014: Five Things Californians Should Know” was released Wednesday by Californians for Patient Care.
The health law will soon allow some insurers to charge up to 50 percent higher premiums for smokers. How will the insurer know who is a smoker? As an HR rep, how will I be able to convince our employees to take this seriously?