As a member of the California Health Benefit Exchange Board, I’ve had a front-row seat for our state’s efforts, and we’re off to an encouraging start with our state exchange, branded as Covered California.
Requirements that medium-sized and large employers offer insurance coverage or face fines are one of the most complicated parts of President Barack Obama’s health care law. While most of the estimated 160 million Americans with job-based coverage will not see not see major changes when the law takes full effect next year, the so-called employer mandate will be important to millions of workers, particularly in low-wage industries.
Looming requirements under the Affordable Care Act of 2010 are set to jack up health-care costs for many companies next year, but the companies who plan to make changes as a result to offset some of those costs are reluctant to take drastic steps that could negatively affect their workers, according to a survey released on Thursday by benefits advisor Towers Watson .
Last month, Covered California said health plans selected to compete in the small-employer program would be announced in early June — but that’s not happening. Look for an announcement in the next month, spokeswoman Sarah Moussa said Wednesday. Scuttlebutt among health plans is late July or early August.
Some health care advocates are concerned there will be even more employees like Andridge applying for Medi-Cal once Obamacare kicks in next year. They fear companies will limit hours for workers just to avoid having to pay for their health insurance.
Less than five months before the Affordable Care Act fully kicks in, hospitals are improving care and saving millions of dollars with one of the least touted but potentially most effective provisions of the law. While much of the focus on Obamacare has been on the government rush to open insurance exchanges by Oct. 1, 252 hospitals and physician groups across the U.S. have signed up to join the administration’s accountable care program, in which they share the financial risk of keeping patients healthy.
Anthem Blue Cross and the University of California say they’ve agreed to add UC’s five medical centers and 5,000 affiliated physicians to Anthem’s offerings on the Covered California health benefits exchange for individual enrollees.
After a long wait, 13 Kern County employers large and small have been picked for a national worksite wellness program tied to health care reform. Kern is one of only eight counties in the nation that was selected for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Healthy Worksite Program, an initiative paid for by the Affordable Care Act’s Prevention and Public Health Fund. The goal is to reduce chronic illnesses.
Just over three years ago, we witnessed the historic passage of the Affordable Care Act, a groundbreaking law that will soon make affordable health insurance available to millions of consumers — some for the first time ever. But now that the new health care law is here to stay, many Americans may be asking themselves, “What does it mean for me?”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, through its partner Viridian Health Management, has identified 104 employers in eight counties across the nation that have voluntarily chosen to participate in the National Healthy Worksite Program, a new initiative aimed at reducing chronic disease and building a healthier, more productive U.S. workforce. The initiative primarily focuses on small and mid-sized employers.
he Cumberland Gulf Group is expected to announce Tuesday that it is maintaining or expanding some workers’ schedules to make them eligible for company-sponsored care. Its reasoning: The increased costs for care will pay off in the long run, with better employee retention and customer service.
t’s time to get ready to buy insurance. The biggest part of the health-care law—online exchanges that offer insurance to individuals—kicks in next year. And beginning this October, states will start selling those health-care plans, which adhere to a new set of standards, though online marketplaces.
Restaurants face particular challenges adapting to the new health care laws. Supplemented by tips, most restaurant employees work for low wages. That means restaurant owners must pay a relatively larger portion of premiums than other businesses to make health care affordable.
While in California for diplomatic meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping, President Obama took time for a short victory lap praising the successes achieved so far by the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. “In the states that have committed themselves to implementing this law correctly, we’re seeing some good news,” the president told reporters at a San Jose hotel. “Competition and choice are pushing down costs in the individual market, just like the law was designed to do.”
The younger and healthier a small business’s workforce, the greater its chances of facing a big spike in health-insurance premiums next year. That is because the Affordable Care Act’s impact on small employers will split largely on generational and industry lines, putting entrepreneurs like Eileen Hasson, owner of a technology-services firm with mostly male employees in their 20s and 30s, at a disadvantage.
ObamaCare’s rule that insurance companies spend no less than 80 percent to 85 percent of premiums on medical care has allowed many consumers to pay less for their coverage, according to a new analysis.
While sponsors of Assembly Bill 880 suggest it would affect only a few large and profitable companies, the facts are quite different. This legislation would have a broad and devastating impact on organizations in nearly every industry in this state, including nonprofits such as the Community College Foundation.
Unfortunately, a small number of large corporations are skirting their responsibility to provide health care or pay a penalty by cutting hours and wages so low that workers end up on taxpayer-funded Medi-Cal.