Obamacare ruling no threat in Calif.

judge's court ruling

Consumers receiving health insurance subsidies via Covered California have little to worry about from the highly publicized court ruling that provides the latest threat to the Affordable Care Act, state officials say. Two U.S. courts of appeal issued Obamacare rulings this week, one maintaining that the federal government cannot provide health insurance subsidies in states that failed to set up their own insurance ... (More)

Calif. uninsured rate cut in half

Health care provider problem

California's uninsured rate for health care was halved in the first year of Obamacare, a private study finds. The uninsured rate was 22 percent prior to open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act in the state, and now stands at 11 percent, the Commonwealth Fund reports. The private health-care advocate group noted that California "expanded eligibility for Medicaid and pursued an aggressive outreach and enrollment campaign over ... (More)

Health extension for small business

Small business under Obamacare web site

Small businesses in California have won another year to update their employee health insurance to policies that are in full compliance with the Affordable Care Act. The employers had been required to move by the end of the year to plans that met the minimum standards under the Affordable Care Act. Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones noted that many small employers would upgrade to new policies anyway, but the new law "provides ... (More)

Shorter Obamacare enrollment set

obamacare business delay to 2015

New shorter enrollment periods have been set for California's Obamacare operation. The 2015 open enrollment period begins Nov. 15 and runs through Feb. 15. That's significantly shorter then the inaugural Affordable Care Act policy signup period in California, which ran Oct. 1, 2013, through March 31, 2014. The revised Covered California enrollment periods bring the state into line with changes at the federal level. For ... (More)

Covered Cal board bill OK’d

Calif. state Sen. Norma Torres

A plan to broaden the backgrounds of Covered California's board is on its way to the governor's desk. The legislation -- Senate Bill 972 -- originally sought to add members to the board of the state Obamacare operation, but that provision was dropped months ago. The bill allows individuals with backgrounds in information technology and health-insurance marketing to join the board. It also seeks those experienced in "enrollment ... (More)