California healthcare bill for single payer system stalls in Assembly

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The purpose of the bill was to guarantee that every state resident would have medical coverage. The State Assembly has stalled action on a California healthcare bill that would have created a single payer system that would provide medical coverage to every resident. Right before the bill’s deadline, it was stalled in the Assembly. California healthcare experts think that national debate on this subject could bring about reforms that would develop similar single payer bills that would close the gap between state residents without the need for insurance. Assembly Bill…

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California Insurance commissioner Ricardo Lara supports single-payer bill

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Today, Assembly Democrats will decide if they will keep backing the bill as its opposition mounts. California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara has announced that he has thrown his support behind a bill for single-payer healthcare. There is a lack of consensus over whether this would cost state residents more or less for coverage. As opposition to the California insurance bill grows, Assembly Democrats will decide today whether they will keep pushing it. There is already a coalition consisting of over 100 professional associations and businesses that have stated that similar…

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Free health insurance easier to find for low-income Californians

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Access to the state’s Medi-Cal and Medicaid plans will be based exclusively on residents’ incomes. Low-income Californians will no longer be subjected to the asset test when enrolling in free health insurance through either Medi-Cal or Medicare. This was a component of the state budget, which recently received its approval. Instead of having to pass the asset test, the 2 million Californians enrolled in Medi-Cal and Medicare will have their eligibility determined exclusively by their income. This is the case for the millions of other participants in Medi-Cal and is…

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Covered California enrollment nearly triples compared to last year

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The state-sponsored health plan sign-ups have sharply spiked over the last three weeks. Covered California enrollment has spiked sharply as more than 58,000 state residents have signed up over the last three weeks. This represents a rise of almost three times the number of people enrolled when compared to the same time in 2019. Officials gave state residents an extension on the sign-up period to help with coverage in the outbreak. The Covered California enrollment period was extended from January to June. The purpose was to make it possible for…

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New Covered California enrollment jumps 41 percent

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State officials credit the new individual mandate to the rise in health insurance exchange use. The new Covered California enrollment figures have risen sharply since the state introduced its new individual mandate and offered residents additional subsidies on top of those already provided through the Affordable Care Act. The state implemented new rules for its residents for this year’s open enrollment period. There were 418,000 new people added to the Covered California enrollment during the 2020 open application period. That represents a tremendous increase of 41 percent over the new…

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California eases its health insurance individual mandate requirements

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State officials loosened the law out of concern that many residents aren’t aware of the fines. Out of concerns that too many California residents don’t understand the consequences of failing to comply with the health insurance individual mandate, the law has been eased. The worry was that many Californians aren’t aware of the fines they face for failing to buy coverage. The health insurance individual mandate is meant to help encourage Californians to purchase a plan. The idea is, in part, to create an incentive to purchase a health plan…

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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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