Sacramento Bee: California income, corporation tax revenue surged in December

BY JIM MILLER California income and corporation tax collections surged in December, pushing estimated tax revenue since July to about $3.6 billion above what lawmakers projected when they approved the current budget, according to preliminary totals compiled by the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office. Preliminary income tax totals in December came in about $1.5 billion above … Continue reading

Sacramento Bee: Bills, oaths and receptions mark California Legislature’s first day

BY LAUREL ROSENHALL AND JEREMY B. WHITE Assemblywoman Young Kim, R-Fullerton, is sworn in Monday at the state Capitol. HECTOR AMEZCUA With a room full of freshly sworn-in state legislators looking back at her, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, offered a few hints on Monday of how this incoming legislative class will differ from … Continue reading

Sacramento Bee: Income checks throw Californians off health plans

By JUDY LIN SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Some Californians who purchased individual health coverage through the state’s insurance exchange are suddenly being dropped or transferred to Medi-Cal, the state Medicaid program for the poor that fewer doctors and providers accept. Covered California, which is responsible for determining and directing Californians to an appropriate health plan, has … Continue reading

The Sacramento Bee: Spanish-language website aims to help California Latino businesses navigate health care law

By Mark Glover To help Latino business owners and employees comply with the federal Affordable Care Act, the California Endowment and its business partners have launched a new Spanish-language website. “It is essential that employers understand the health care law to take full advantage of its benefits and incentives, including tax credits that can make it easier for … Continue reading

SacBee: Lawmakers approve California budget with midnight deadline looming

By David Siders and Jeremy B. White California lawmakers approved a $156.4 billion state budget Sunday, rushing to pass legislation less than six hours before the constitutional deadline. The spending plan, a compromise between Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature’s Democratic majority, includes more money for high-speed rail, Medi-Cal and welfare-to-work, and an expansion of child care and … Continue reading

SacBee: Budget deal to reject home-care overtime restrictions

The budget pact coming together at the state Capitol will reject limits on overtime for in-homecare workers sought by Gov. Jerry Brown. Brown’s $107.8 billion general fund plan capped the number of hours for in-home workers, with the goal of preventing payments required by federal regulations set to take effect next January. The administration had warned that … Continue reading

Sac Bee: California senator unveils bill to give health care to undocumented immigrants

A plan to provide undocumented immigrants in California access to subsidized health care has been spelled out in Senate Bill 1005 by Sen.Ricardo Lara, a Democrat from Bell Gardens. Undocumented immigrants are excluded from the federal Affordable Care Act that is now offering legal residents the ability to purchase health insurance through government-run marketplaces. Lara’s bill would create two avenues for Californians who … Continue reading

The Sacramento Bee: Covered California offering ratings to most health insurance plans

Most health insurance plans offered on the state exchange will now feature quality ratings, giving consumers a better idea about their past performance. Covered California, the state exchange, announced Tuesday that it recently incorporated the quality-rating system in its website, with marks ranging from four stars for the highest performers down to one star for the lowest. … Continue reading

The Sacramento Bee: Early stumbles hamper California’s Latino health care enrollment

By Christopher Cadelago California has struggled to enroll Latinos in health insurance coverage through its new exchange, spurring waves of criticism from supporters of the law and potentially jeopardizing the program’s long-term success. Of the 400,000 customers who responded to a question about their ethnicity, fewer than 20 percent identified as Latino, Hispanic or Spanish over three … Continue reading

The Sacramento Bee: Obama meets with health insurance CEOs

By JULIE PACEAP White House Correspondent Published: Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 – 5:18 am Last Modified: Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013 – 3:16 pm WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says he brought health insurance CEOs to the White House to brainstorm ways to make sure Americans know what their coverage options are under the law. Obama made no … Continue reading

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