California may use penalties to pay for health insurance subsidies

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Governor Gavin Newsom has proposed a tax penalty that would cover the Californian subsidy costs. Governor Gavin Newsom has proposed a new move to fund health insurance subsidies in the state. It would provide an estimated 850,000 Californians with assistance in paying their premiums. The goal is to assist people who make too much to qualify for federal aid but struggle to pay premiums. To be able to afford to provide the additional health insurance subsidies, the Democratic governor has proposed a tax penalty. This would be applied to Californians…

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California health care bill calls for state-run system

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Looking forward to Congress’s likely repeal of the Affordable Care Act, the state is considering alternatives. The California health care system may be turned on its head if the Affordable Care Act is repealed. A state senator is looking to establish a state-run single-payer system through newly introduced legislation. This alternative system would allow the state to conduct the negotiations with providers and other companies. The proposed single-payer California health care system would have the state negotiating their own prices with providers and pharmaceutical companies among others. This would allow…

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Anthem health insurance policies with reduced coverage receive approval

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A judge has given the nod to allow the insurer to move forward with a plan offering no out of network care coverage. Anthem health insurance has been allowed to continue selling a California health plan that doesn’t offer out of network care coverage. A judge gave the ruling that stopped Anthem Blue Cross from being restrained from switching half a million Californians to the plan. A consumer group requested that the judge keep a restraining order in place to stop Anthem from making the switches. The restraint would have…

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Health care reform marketing isn’t reaching some ethnic groups

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Certain communities, such as Latinos, have not been enrolling in the exchanges as much as others. According to the latest data from the health care reform enrollments, Latinos are the ethnic group in the United States that has the greatest amount to gain from purchasing insurance plans but are also the group that are among the least likely to actually sign up. At least one in every three Latinos in the United States do not have health insurance. This is a far greater rate of enrollments among the Caucasians and…

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California health insurance exchange for small businesses taken down

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The SHOP marketplace in the state is now no longer available for businesses shopping for coverage. The most populous state in the country has now decided to take down the California health insurance exchange that was meant for small businesses, likely only temporarily, only four months after it had opened its doors in the first place. This could be seen as yet another blow to the health care reform law for keeping costs down for employers. Officials in the state revealed that they would be suspending enrollments occurring online through…

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California faces a new problem with health care reform

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New health insurance issue erupts in California A new health insurance problem has emerged in California and several hundred consumers have already been affected by it. Late last year, many people throughout the state received notifications from their insurance provider informing them that their coverage would be canceled due to the health care reform law. Many of those with cancelled policies went to the state’s insurance exchange in order to find new coverage. In most cases, consumers were able to find less expensive coverage with better benefits, but now many…

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California health insurance premiums set to spike under Affordable Care Act

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Covered California data paints different picture for health insurance costs A great deal of confusion has begun to surround the effect the Affordable Care Act will have on health insurance rates in California. Recently, state officials reported that the federal law would lead to a much lower than expected increase in health insurance premiums. These reports were based on information provided by Covered California, the state’s health insurance exchange. The information provided by the exchange does, however, offer a different outlook on the issue that state officials may have overlooked.…

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