Sacramento Business Journal: Supporters of Prop. 45 predict health plan rate gouging after the measure’s defeat

Kathy Robertson Proponents of Proposition 45, which would have given California’s insurance commissioner the authority to regulate some health plan rates, say that those rates will continue to skyrocket, following the measure’s defeat at the polls. Commissioner Dave Jones has tried to get this authority into law for almost 10 years, dating back to his … Continue reading

Sacramento Business Journal: There are bumps, but California is progressing with health reform, panelists say

Kathy Robertson Things are a little less scary but still confusing as the health-care industry heads toward a second year of business with Covered California, panelists said Friday at a Sacramento Business Journal forum on the Affordable Care Act. Editor and moderator Jack Robinsonlikened the situation to a plane that’s taken off and risen above the … Continue reading

Sacramento Business Journal: Californians propose major changes to Medicare

Kathy Robertson A whopping 97 percent of the 800 Californians who participated in a statewide project on how to improve Medicare want to reduce coverage for extensive treatment at the end of life. A majority do, however, want comfort care and hospice to be provided. These findings are part of a report released Wednesday by … Continue reading

Sacramento Business Journal: Pressure mounts for Covered California health plans to add doctors

Kathy Robertson Rates are one big issue for consumers who shop through Covered California. The other is whether there are enough doctors to treat everybody who signed up. Last week, Covered California announced a lower-than-expected proposed averagerate increases of 4.2 percent for 2015 — a move heralded by insurance brokers, consumer advocates and others. Now … Continue reading

Sacramento Business Journal: Nurses, others rally for single-payer system of Medicare

Kathy RobertsonSenior Staff Writer-Sacramento Business Journal Registered nurses and other supporters of a single-payer health care system took to the streets in 15 cities Wednesday in support of Medicare for all. In Sacramento, supporters rallied in front of the Social Security Office on Arden Way. The Campaign for a Healthy California, a coalition of more … Continue reading

Sacramento Business Journal: California seniors save $952M on prescription drugs since 2010

Kathy RobertsonSenior Staff Writer-Sacramento Business Journal People on Medicare in California have saved $952 million on prescription drugs, thanks to the Affordable Care Act. More than $11.5 billion has been saved nationwide as the law gradually closes the “doughnut hole” in prescription drug coverage, federal officials announced Monday. In 2010, everyone with a Medicare prescription … Continue reading

Sacramento Business Journal: Report: Covered California’s big enrollment masks problems

Kathy Robertson California’s health insurance exchange to move to a new navigator system Covered California deserves credit for strong enrollment in its first year, but must fix serious deficiencies in its outreach and enrollment efforts, a new study finds. Enrollment lagged for Californians with limited English proficiency. There were cultural and linguistic problems. Funding was inadequate, given … Continue reading

Sacramento Business Journal: Ballot measure seeks stable source of Medi-Cal funding through fee

Kathy Robertson  Health care providers and community groups submitted 1.3 million signatures to the state Monday to qualify an initiative for the November ballot that seeks to provide a stable source of funding for the Medi-Cal program and nail down how it is spent. More than 615,000 people in the greater Sacramento region — defined … Continue reading

Sacramento Business Journal: Covered California approves $89M in additional spending

Kathy Robertson  With projected total operating costs 16 percent higher than expected for the current fiscal year, the board at Covered California approved $89 million in additional spending at its Sacramento board meeting on Thursday. This action brings projected total expenditures to $489 million for fiscal year 2013-14. After paying total costs, an estimated $363 million will … Continue reading

Sacramento Business Journal: Nursing home care in Sacramento costs well above median

Kathy Robertson  The cost of long-term care in California in 2014 is higher than the national median. Some of the costs in the Sacramento region are higher yet. The annual cost of a private room in a Sacramento-area nursing home now tops $116,000, well above the state median of $104,000 and national median of $87,600. … Continue reading

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