Lots of boos in Calif. for health bill

California politicians, medical providers and consumer advocates served up harsh critiques of the newly unveiled Senate health care bill, arguing that the proposed legislation could make coverage inaccessible for poor residents while cutting taxes on the rich. "This bill is not a health care bill," said Ed Hernandez, a Democrat and chair of the state Senate Health Committee. "This is a tax bill that will benefit the most wealthy ... (More)

Californians back Obamacare 2-1

Support for Obamacare remains at record levels in California, a new poll finds. More than half of those surveyed said they feared losing health coverage in the current political climate. Supporters of the Affordable Care Act outnumber opponents in California by a greater than 2-1 margin -- 65 percent to 26 percent. Pollsters, working on behalf of the California Health Care Foundation, asked Californians if they were worried that ... (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)

Blue Shield tops on Covered Cal

Blue Shield of California has the largest number of enrollees in the Covered California health insurance exchange, widening its lead over rivals Anthem Blue Cross and Kaiser Permanente, according to recently released data. The data, from Covered California, show that Blue Shield had 389,480 enrollees in the exchange as of December 2016, about 31 percent of the market. Anthem was next with 310,690 members, for a 25 percent share. ... (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)