Health extension for small business

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)

State shrugs off large-business delay

The delay of fines against large employers who don't provide health care for workers won't affect the opening of the state exchanges for individual insurance, officials say. Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said the move wouldn't have a lasting effect on the Affordable Care Act, pointing out that more than "92 percent of California employers with more than 50 employees already offer health insurance to their employees ... even ... (More)

Workplace health insurance down

The number of people with employer-sponsored insurance has "eroded substantially" since the beginning of the century, health analysts say. The percentage of people with employer insurance fell more than 10 percent over the period from roughly 1999 to 2011, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation reported. Meanwhile, the number of people with government-sponsored coverage increased about 3 percent, according to the report, "State-Level ... (More)