California Healthline: Supreme Court Ripples in California

The Supreme Court decision on Thursday upholding the legality of federal subsidies in health benefit exchanges in 34 states did not directly pertain to California. This state was one of 16 that established its own exchange, Covered California. But a ruling against the subsidies would have had a tremendous effect on California’s health care reform … Continue reading

California Healthline: Medicare, ACA Have Faced Similar Criticism. But Is That Where the Comparison Ends?

by Michelle Stuckey, California Healthline Editor As Medicare turns 50, many observers are looking back at the program’s beginning and drawing comparisons with more recent health reform efforts, namely the Affordable Care Act. A recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine on the beginning of Medicare notes that the program started “only after … Continue reading

California Healthline: ACA: A List of Reasons for the White House To Be Thankful — and Not-So-Thankful

by Heather Drost On the eve of the launch of the second Affordable Care Act open enrollment period, the Obama administration released its Faces of Health Care series, showcasing U.S. residents who have obtained coverage thanks to the law. Today — on the eve of Thanksgiving —California Healthline considers which ACA-related initiatives and developments in … Continue reading

Washington Post: How states could avert a Supreme Court Obamacare disaster

By Jason Millman The stage is set for another Obamacare showdown at the Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) If the Supreme Court rules next spring against insurance subsidies in states that have refused to run their own marketplaces, these states will face a decision with implications for millions of people who’d suddenly lose subsidies: Do they cave and set … Continue reading

NY Times: Estimate of Health Coverage Enrollment Leaves Room to Grow

By ROBERT PEAR   Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the secretary of health and human services, estimated on Monday that 9.1 million people would sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act by the end of 2015. CreditChip Somodevilla/Getty Images WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Monday offered a surprisingly modest estimate of the number of people … Continue reading

The Hill: Boehner: House will vote again to repeal O-Care

Greg Nash By Elise Viebeck – 11/06/14 02:00 PM EST Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said the House will vote once again next year to repeal ObamaCare, along with a slew of other piecemeal attacks on the law. Boehner highlighted the issue at his first post-election press conference Thursday, saying that having President Obama in the … Continue reading

California Healthline: State Gearing Up To Move Rural Seniors, Disabled Into Medi-Cal Managed Care

by David Gorn Roughly one month from now, the state is launching a program to shift a new set of Medi-Cal beneficiaries into Medi-Cal managed care plans. This time, the state is focusing on a shift in care for some of the frailest patients in rural counties. On Dec. 1, about 20,000 Medi-Cal seniors and … Continue reading

California Healthline: How Open Enrollment Affects Medi-Cal

by David Gorn Medi-Cal has no open enrollment period. State health officials are quick to point out that people can enroll for Medi-Cal any day of the year. But Covered California’s three-month open enrollment period starting Nov. 15 is expected to boost signups for Medi-Cal, as well — even though the open enrollment period doesn’t … Continue reading

KHN: Consumers Whose Income Drops Below Poverty Get Break On Subsidy Payback

By Michelle Andrews Right about now, some low-income people who just barely qualified for subsidies on the health insurance marketplace are starting to worry: What if my income for the year ends up below the poverty level? Will I have to pay back the premium tax credits I received? A couple of readers have posed … Continue reading

LA Times: California regulators clear Obamacare rates, hold off on networks

Sophia Bracho gets enrollment information from Blue Shield of California last fall in Los Angeles. The insurer faces questions about its 2015 networks. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times) By CHAD TERHUNE  California regulators won’t challenge the next round of health insurance rate increases in the state exchange, but insurers’ narrow networks of doctors and … Continue reading

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