Sacramento Business Journal: Governor signs continuity-of-care bill

Kathy Robertson Legislation that ensures continuity of care for patients forced to change health insurance plans in the middle of treatment for serious conditions — even if their provider is not in their new health plan’s network — has been signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. Assembly Bill 369 by Dr. Richard Pan from Sacramento seeks to  protect California residents with … Continue reading

Sacramento Business Journal: Pharmacists brace for Medi-Cal cuts

The California Pharmacists Association and a national coalition of consumers, pharmacists and business interests is gearing up to stop Medi-Cal provider cuts.  Kathy Robertson Senior Staff Writer-Sacramento Business Journal   Looking into the new year, California pharmacists see red ink. The state’s long-litigated 10 percent Medi-Cal provider cut is slated to hit pharmacists Jan. 9, along … Continue reading

Sacramento Business Journal: ‘Cease-and-desist’ orders for health insurers

Kathy Robertson Senior Staff Writer-Sacramento Business Journal The state’s HMO regulator issued “cease and desist” orders Monday against Health Net, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of California for denying members medically necessary speech and occupational therapy. In addition, Health Net was fined $300,000 for repeatedly and unlawfully mischaracterizing requests for services as coverage issues rather than matters of medical … Continue reading

Sacramento Business Journal: Covered California board approves last-minute regulations

Christopher Arns Staff Writer-Sacramento Business Journal   Covered California received a green light for several last-minute regulations at a board meeting Thursday just a couple of weeks before online open enrollment begins Oct. 1. Board members approved four resolutions on various topics including eligibility and enrollment, the Small Business Health Options Program, insurance agent rules and … Continue reading

Sacramento Business Journal: Health care bill would protect patients from high out-of-pocket costs

    Kathy Robertson Senior Staff Writer-Sacramento Business Journal California may go ahead of the feds on health care reform, again. The Assembly Health Committee passed legislation Tuesday to implement consumer protections in the Affordable Care Act against high out-of-pocket costs. If Senate Bill 639 by Sen. Ed Hernandez is passed by the Legislature this year and signed by … Continue reading

Sacramento Business Journal: Covered California taking preregistration from insurance agents

    Kathy Robertson Senior Staff Writer-Sacramento Business Journal Covered California is accepting online preregistration from licensed insurance agents interested in receiving training and certification to help educate and enroll millions of consumers in health plans offered by the state health benefits exchange. Only licensed insurance agents trained and certified by Covered California will be able … Continue reading

Sacramento Business Journal: Covered California releases small-biz plans, rates

Christopher Arns Staff Writer-Sacramento Business Journal See correction at end of article. The state’s new health insurance exchange on Thursday unveiled how much small businesses in the program will pay for insurance starting this fall — one day after the man tasked with marketing the program to employers announced his resignation. Covered California released its rates … Continue reading

Sacramento Business Journal: Hospitals file ballot initiative to protect Medi-Cal pay

Kathy Robertson Senior Staff Writer-Sacramento Business Journal The California Hospital Association filed a ballot initiative Thursday aimed at ensuring hospital funds intended to pay for care provided to Medi-Cal patients are not diverted by lawmakers for other purposes. About 800,000 signatures will be needed to qualify the measure for the November 2014 ballot. If approved … Continue reading

Sacramento Business Journal: Covered California, Sierra Health give grants for consumer education on health exchange

  Kathy Robertson Senior Staff Writer-Sacramento Business Journal A partnership between Covered Californiaand the Sierra Health Foundation is providing almost $1.5 million in grants to help educate consumers in Northern California about the state’s new health benefit exchange. The money will be spread across three grants: California Family Resource Association will receive $600,000; Healthy Community Forum for the Greater … Continue reading

Sacramento Business Journal: Report says California governments don’t reveal full spending

  Christopher Arns Staff Writer-Sacramento Business Journal California’s governments spend more money than we think, according to a new report released this week. The California Public Policy Center, a right-leaning nonprofit think tank, found that state and local governments spend a combined $365 billion in the fiscal year ending in 2011 — about 19 percent of the … Continue reading

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