End-Of-Life Advice: More Than 500,000 Chat On Medicare’s Dime

from: califroniahealthline.org ( http://bit.ly/2fGcgHE ) The 90-year-old woman in the San Diego-area nursing home was quite clear, said Dr. Karl Steinberg. She didn’t want aggressive measures to prolong her life. If her heart stopped, she didn’t want CPR. But when Steinberg, a palliative care physician, relayed those wishes to the woman’s daughter, the younger woman would have none of it. “She … Read More

Voluntary benefits: 5 ways companies can educate employees

via: benefitspro.com ( http://bit.ly/2fAjooS )  by: Sharla St. Rose Over the past several years, employers and insurance providers have transitioned from paper-based enrollment processes to digital platforms. The benefits are abundant: a higher level of personalization; easier and more timely access to benefits; and a more streamlined, efficient and controllable process. You get it. Yet along the way, we started … Read More

Covered California Releases Three New Reports to Inform Federal Health Policy Decision-Making

via Covered California @ http://bit.ly/2eJzyf4 Potential Destabilizing Effect on Markets and Inadequacy of Stabilization Funding in Senate Proposals Highlighted Analysis finds the updated “Better Care Reconciliation Act” (BCRA) could cause collapse of individual markets within three to five years (especially if the Consumer Freedom Option is included). Health insurance under the BCRA would cost consumers much more and cover far less. … Read More

Better Care Reconciliation Act

For those of you looking to read the text of the newest Senate Republican bill here it is: BetterCareReconcilistionAct.6.26.17

CIGNA INDIVIDUAL & FAMILY PLANS

  Cigna has notified California regulators that Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company will not offer or renew Cigna LocalPlusIN (EPO), California LocalPlus (PPO), or California LocalPlusIN (EPO) medical plans in California in 2018.   Cigna’s decision was based on “where they can provide customers with access to the right combination of affordability, quality, and overall value”

California Assembly Bill (AB) 72 Out-Of-Network Coverage and Member Cost-Sharing

This applies to all health insurers in the state of California, this happens to be Blue Shield of California’s notice: New California law  Effective July 1, 2017, this new state law protects individuals from receiving unexpected “surprise or balance” medical bills from an out-of-network (OON) doctor when receiving inpatient and outpatient non-emergency care and services at an in-network healthcare facility such … Read More

A Squeaker In The House Becomes Headache For The Senate: 5 Things To Watch

A Squeaker In The House Becomes Headache For The Senate: 5 Things To Watch By Julie RovnerMay 4, 2017 In a career-defining vote, House Speaker Paul Ryan achieved a longtime goal of making the most sweepingchanges to Medicaid since its inception in 1965. (Eric Thayer/Getty Images) After weeks of will-they-or-won’t-they tensions, the House managed to pass its GOP replacement for … Read More

Blue Shield CEO Says GOP’s ‘Flawed’ Health Bill Would Harm Sicker Consumers

The chief executive of Blue Shield of California, the largest insurer on the state’s insurance marketplace, issued a blunt critique of the Republican health care bill, saying it would once more lock Americans with preexisting conditions out of affordable coverage. In an interview with California Healthline on Wednesday, Paul Markovich said the GOP’s American Health Care Act is “flawed” and … Read More

U.S. Court of Appeals upholds ruling to block Anthem-Cigna merger

For Release: April 28, 2017 Media Calls Only: 916-492-3566 U.S. Court of Appeals upholds ruling to block Anthem-Cigna merger SACRAMENTO, CALIF. — Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones applauds today’s decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to uphold the lower court ruling blocking the proposed merger of Anthem and Cigna. “Today’s federal appellate court decision affirming … Read More