California residents with no health insurance risk tax penalties

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Uninsured people living in the state may have to shell out for failing to enroll in a health plan. California residents are being advised that a new state law says that if they have no health insurance, they may face a significant tax penalty. This regulation would apply to next year’s health plans and those in following years. That said, it’s important to note that not all people with no health insurance will be required to pay. There are certain exceptions that will allow some residents to be able to…

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What could the GOP health care repeal do to California consumers?

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If the U.S. Senate chooses not to block the bill or to significantly revise it, many Californians stand to lose coverage. Should the GOP health care repeal of the Affordable Care Act make its way through the U.S. Senate in its current state, many Californian consumers risk losing their insurance. There are an estimated 5 million California residents whose coverage was purchased through Obamacare. The House of Representatives passed the legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act last Thursday. Both California and officials from the health industry as a whole…

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California health insurance may become available to undocumented immigrants

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Governor Jerry Brown has now pushed the effort for this coverage another step forward. Following the signing of a new bill by Governor Jerry Brown on Friday, California health insurance law has now become one step closer to being available to immigrants who are living in the state without any legal documentation. The bill has now allowed the state to turn to the federal government in order to request its approval. The California health insurance bill has opened up the chance for the state to ask the federal government for…

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California lawmakers consider tax package targeting state health insurance program

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Lawmakers aim to support Medi-Cal program with ambitious tax package Lawmakers in California may opt to take action on a tax package that aims to prevent a gap of $1.1 billion in the state’s health insurance program. The California Senate and Assembly are considering three pieces of legislation during a special legislative session, which was called last year in order to adjust taxes on insurance plans. The federal government has announced that it will discontinue support for the state’s Medi-Cal program if lawmakers are not able to effectively address tax…

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San Francisco seeks to help residents acquire health insurance coverage

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City is working to address the lack of insurance coverage among consumers Consumers in San Francisco, California, are finding it difficult to afford their health insurance coverage. The city is notorious for its high cost of living, which has lead many people to forgo acquiring insurance coverage. They are also avoiding seeking medical care or taking advantage of free services that are intended for the poor. Notably, a significant portion of these consumers are eligible for subsidies from the federal government that help cut down the cost of health insurance…

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California legislation could extend health insurance coverage to undocumented immigrants

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1 million undocumented immigrants could gain access to health insurance coverage New legislation in California could make it possible for undocumented immigrants to receive health insurance coverage through the state’s Medicaid program and its insurance exchange. If successful, the legislation would expand coverage to an estimated 1 million immigrants that live in the state. The legislation is currently before the California Senate, where lawmakers are determining whether the initiative will be in the best interests of the state and its residents. Many could gain access to the state’s Medicaid program…

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Bills introduced to address health insurance issues in California

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California lawmakers look to provide consumers with more protection in the health insurance sector California lawmakers have introduced two bills to Governor Jerry Brown this week. Each of the bills is awaiting Brown’s approval, which lawmakers expect to come in short order. The bills are meant to provide consumers with more protection in the health insurance sector, preventing insurers from refusing coverage for those with pre-existing medical conditions and prohibiting the limitation of coverage or excessive charging for coverage of older consumers. The legislations are also meant to make the…

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