Washington Post: States make decisions about roles in insurance marketplaces

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

By Sandhya Somashekhar, Published: February 15 Florida, New Jersey and Tennessee will not partner with the federal government to create the online insurance marketplaces required under President Obama’s health-care law, the states’ governors announced Friday, ending months of speculation and starting a new chapter in the implementation of the law. The exchanges in those states — and others … Continue reading

Washington Post: Inside the Obama administration’s plan to build 25 insurance markets

Posted by Sarah Kliff on February 14, 2013 at 11:46 am For months now, its been one of the health care overhaul’s biggest unknowns: Will the federal government be ready to run two dozen state insurance marketplaces? On Thursday Gary Cohen, director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight gave the Senate Finance Committee the most … Continue reading

The Hill: With two weeks until deadline, $85B sequester is looking inevitable

By Ian Swanson and Alexander Bolton – 02/15/13 05:00 AM ET The question in Washington is no longer whether the automatic spending cuts known as the sequester will be implemented: It’s when and even if the spending reductions will ever be shut off. The $85 billion in cuts looming on March 1 would run through the … Continue reading

LA Times: Anthem Blue Cross rolls back rate increase

Adithya Sambamurthy/The Bay Citizen Nian Guang Chen, right, and Hui Xin Kunag play Othello at the Golden Gate center

Health insurer Anthem Blue Cross agrees to reduce the average increase to 14% from 18% in response to regulators’ criticism. By Chad Terhune, Los Angeles TimesFebruary 15, 2013  In response to pressure from California regulators, Anthem Blue Cross agreed to a slightly lower rate increase for about 630,000 individual policyholders that will save consumers an … Continue reading

California Healthline: Standards Release a ‘Milestone’ for Exchange

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 19: U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius listens during a news conference December 19, 2011 at the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, DC. Sebelius announced that thirty-two health care organizations from across the country will participate in a new Accountable Care Organization (ACOs) initiative which encourage primary care doctors, specialists, hospitals and other caregivers to provide better, more coordinated care for people with Medicare and could save up to $1.1 billion over five years.

by David Gorn Covered California, the state’s health benefit exchange, yesterday released its benefit standards outlining the basis for choosing qualified health plans that will participate in the exchange. “This is another milestone for the exchange,” said Diana Dooley, secretary of the state Health and Human Services Agency. “We have a lot of hurdles to … Continue reading

The Hill: In State of the Union address, Obama fills out his progressive second-term agenda

By Amie Parnes and Justin Sink – 02/12/13 10:45 PM ET President Obama used his State of the Union address on Tuesday to fill out the progressive agenda he envisions for his second term. Obama called for raising the nation’s minimum wage to $9 from $7.25 and said Congress should avert the $85 billion sequester his … Continue reading

SacBee: Questions multiply as Medicaid changes near

By Tony Pugh McClatchy Newspapers Published: Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 8A Last Modified: Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 – 7:52 am WASHINGTON – In the largest one-year enrollment bump in program history, 8 million Americans are expected to gain health insurancethrough Medicaid in 2014 under the nation’s massive health care overhaul. The Medicaid … Continue reading

HealthyCal: Can accountable care organizations reign in health-care costs?

Published: February 13, 2013 By Callie Shanafelt California Health Report Coordination and effective use of existing resources can save money. That’s the idea behind the push for innovations built into the health care reform law, like electronic health records, pay for performance and accountable care organizations. But it’s unlikely that any of these innovations will … Continue reading

LA Times: California reveals details of health-law insurance plans

Jose Quintanilla, puts his shirt back on after getting a pneumonia shot at the adult primary care clinic at San Francisco General, on Thursday June 28, 2012, in San Francisco, Calif., where 36% of the patients are uninsured and 28% are on Medicare. In a divided but stunning decision, the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld virtually all of the far-reaching law crafted by President Obama to extend health coverage to most uninsured Americans. The narrow 5-4 ruling was a victory for Obama but also will serve as a rallying issue for Republicans calling for repeal of the Affordable Care Act passed by Democrats in 2010. Photo: Michael Macor, The Chronicle / SF

The state will lay out the specific co-pays and deductibles that many policyholders will face under the federal healthcare law. By Chad Terhune, Los Angeles TimesFebruary 13, 2013, 5:00 a.m.  Consumers are getting their first glimpse at what health insurance will look like in California as the state prepares to implement the federal healthcare law. On … Continue reading

California Healthline: Obama No Longer Open to Raising Medicare Age To Avoid Sequestration

The Obamas and Bidens celebrate reelection in Chicago last night. Image Credit: Reuters

President Obama will not support raising Medicare’s eligibility age as part of a larger deal to avoid automatic spending cuts under sequestration, a White House spokesperson said on Monday, AP/Modern Healthcare reports (AP/Modern Healthcare, 2/11). The mandated spending cuts under sequestration involve about $1 trillion in across-the-board reductions. In January, President Obama signed legislation — negotiated by Vice … Continue reading

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