Uninsured rate at record low

About 8.8 percent of U.S. citizens went without health insurance last year, another record low. The U.S. Census Bureau said 28.1 million were uninsured in 2016, compared with 29 million (9.1 percent) in 2015. About 42 million were uninsured before the major provisions of the Affordable Care Act kicked in in 2014. Employer-based insurance covered 55.7 percent of the population for some or all of 2016, the Census Bureau ... (More)

Surcharge decision set for Sept. 30

Stymied by federal uncertainties, Covered California has delayed its decision on whether to issue a surcharge for 2018 on "silver" health-care plans. The delay results from a lack of direction from the Trump administration on the future of federal subsidy payments. "The lack of clarity and direction at the federal level continues to be a challenge, and Covered California is doing everything it can to stabilize the market and ... (More)

State plans for loss of subsidies

Covered California's board fears health-care subsidies are headed for the federal government's chopping block -- and is taking action. The board confirmed June 15 that insurers must submit a pair of rate proposals for 2018 -- one with continued cost-sharing reductions and one without. Covered California will require participating plans to offer a "separately rated, non-mirrored" silver plan off exchange that is nearly identical to ... (More)

Lee’s vow: ‘Continue to engage’

Covered California chief Peter Lee said his organization would "continue to engage" in the debate over health-care policy, reacting to the U.S. House's passage of the American Health Care Act. Lee said the vote could bring "monumental changes to the U.S. health care system and the lives of millions of Americans," but added that it was "the first step in a long and ongoing process." The House voted 217-213 in favor of the ... (More)

Calif. seeks dual rate predictions

The California Department of Insurance has authorized health insurance carriers to file two sets of rates for 2018 -- one under Obamacare, the second under a GOP-produced plan. The administration's efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act "have created immense uncertainly and instability for 2018's health insurance market," the commissioner's office said. Dave Jones, left, said: "Given the actions by President Trump ... (More)