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)

Covered Cal: Insurance chaos ahead

Californians' health insurance premiums could rise by almost 50 percent if the Trump administration succeeds in gutting the Affordable Care Act, the state's marketplace warns. As many as 340,000 Californians could lose health coverage under proposed changes to Obamacare, Covered California warned April 27. "This specter of uncertainty could lead to dramatically higher rates," said Peter Lee, chief of the state Obamacare ... (More)

Lara details single-payer plan

Saying it's time "to make universal healthcare a reality," state Sen. Ricardo Lara provided some detail for his Healthy California Act, a single-payer proposal. Previously and deliberately left vague, the legislation from Lara, left, and co-author Sen. Toni Atkins now seeks to cover all Californians for all medical care, including inpatient, outpatient, emergency care, dental, vision, mental health and nursing home care. "With ... (More)

GOP leaders ‘came up short’

Despite days of intense negotiations and last-minute concessions to win over wavering GOP conservatives and moderates, House Republican leaders failed to secure enough support to pass their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. House Speaker Paul Ryan, top, pulled the bill from consideration March 24 after he rushed to the White House to tell President Trump that there weren't the 216 votes necessary for passage. "We ... (More)

12.2 mil sign up for Obamacare

About 12.2 million U.S. consumers signed up for health insurance via the Affordable Care Act during the open enrollment period for 2017, the federal government said. The figure includes those who were automatically re-enrolled, as well as about a third who were new to the Obamacare marketplaces. The government's Obamacre figures for 2017 include the 39 states that use the HealthCare.gov platform, as well as the dozen state-based ... (More)