Blue Shield loses tax exemption

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State tax regulators have pulled the exempt status of health-care giant Blue Shield, one of the major participants in California's Obamacare operation. The move came in August, but was only publicized in mid-March. The story broke in the Los Angeles Times. Blue Shield of California said it was appealing the decision. It has not paid state income taxes since 1939, but does pay federal taxes. The health-care provider reportedly has ... (More)

Obamacare subsidies backed in poll

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Despite months of news coverage, most people say they have heard little or nothing about a Supreme Court case that could eliminate subsidies helping millions of Americans afford coverage under the federal health law, according to a poll. But when respondents were told about the case, King v. Burwell, about two-thirds said that if the court strikes down the subsidies, then Congress or state officials should step in to restore them, ... (More)

Almost 500,000 enrollees for 2015

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Covered California ended its closely watched second enrollment with almost 500,000 new consumers. The total of 495,073, brings overall enrollment in the state Obamacare operation to 1.4 million, short of the 1.7 million goal set by Covered California. The organization pointed to "a more diverse and younger population" of enrollees, both targeted demographics. "It is clear Latinos, African-Americans and young adults not only ... (More)

Few clues about high court ruling

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For the second time in three years, the federal Affordable Care Act went before the Supreme Court on Wednesday. And before a packed courtroom, a divided group of justices mostly picked up right where they left off the last time. Once again, commentators and experts were left to wonder where Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Anthony Kennedy, considered swing votes in the case, stand. A decision is expected by the end of ... (More)

Uninsured extension for Obamacare

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Noting that "health care and taxes now are linked arm in arm," Covered California has extended the 2015 signup deadline for the uninsured who admit they were clueless about penalties for not having health-care coverage. The state Obamacare operation's move -- the second extension of 2015 -- mirrors one by the federal government. Both extensions had been expected due to lobbying by lawmakers and consumer advocates. "Many people who ... (More)