LA Times: Anthem’s Obamacare rates to increase less than 10% in California

Anthem Blue Cross President Mark Morgan said the age and projected medical costs of new enrollees are in line with the company’s expectations thus far. “We will not have double-digit increases in our Covered California operations,” he said Thursday. (Cheryl A. Guerrero / Los Angeles Times) CHAD TERHUNE  In the strongest indication yet where Obamacare … Continue reading

California Healthline: Study: Half in Individual Market Will Qualify for ACA Subsidies in 2014

Nearly half of all U.S. residents who currently purchase their own health insurance will be eligible for federal subsidies to offset the cost of buying coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchanges in 2014, according to a study released Wednesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation, Kaiser Health News‘ “Capsules” reports (Appleby, “Capsules,” Kaiser Health News, 8/14). Background … Continue reading

California Healthline: Hearing Mulls Effect of ACA, Health Care Transparency on Costs

During a Senate Committee on Finance hearing Tuesday, health experts urged lawmakers to look beyond health care transparency and the Affordable Care Act to control the increasing cost of health care, Kaiser Health News‘ “Capsules” reports (Tran, “Capsules,” Kaiser Health News, 6/18). The committee hearing was held partly in response to an article published in Time in March by journalist Steven Brill, which … Continue reading

California Healthline: Businesses Urge States To Participate in ACA’s Medicaid Expansion

Many businesses are urging lawmakers in their states to participate in the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, noting that failing to do so would shift the cost of insurance coverage from the federal government to employers, the Wall Street Journal reports (Radnofsky, Wall Street Journal, 2/10).  Background Under the health reform law, companies with 50 or … Continue reading

SF Gate: States now must make call on Obamacare

Surrounded by Democratic leaders, President Obama reaches for a pen to sign the Affordable Care Act in the East Room of the White House on March 23, 2010. Photo: Charles Dharapak, Associated Press / SF Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/health/article/States-now-must-make-call-on-Obamacare-4031359.php#ixzz2CQPbdszh

Victoria Colliver Published 11:37 p.m., Monday, November 12, 2012 They have to work quickly. By Friday, all 50 states plus the District of Columbia must let the Obama administration know whether they plan to set up their own insurance exchanges, a key element of the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, or let the federal government do … Continue reading

California Healthline: Obama, Boehner Could Compromise To Address Looming Medicare Cuts

On Friday, President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) reiterated their willingness to work together to avoid the looming “fiscal cliff” of mandated spending cuts, which include cuts to Medicare provider payments, the Wall Street Journal reports (Lee/Hook, Wall Street Journal, 11/10). The sequester involves about $1 trillion in across-the-board cuts, including a 2% reduction to all … Continue reading

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