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

Read This Before You Buy Health Insurance

By Dan Caplinger Published May 21, 2016 Markets Dealing with insurance is always complicated, and health insurance in particular can be almost incomprehensible for the average person. Yet whether you get health insurance coverage through your employer, an independent insurance provider, an Obamacare exchange, or a public program like Medicare Advantage, you need to be aware of the impact … Read More

All The Free Health Care You Can Get Without Using A Deductible

~ From LifeHacker – Vitals – Beth Skwarecki ~ If you’re putting off a checkup or a tetanus booster because you think you’d have to pay a ton for it, we have good news. Even if you haven’t met your deductible, you still don’t have to pay a cent for most common types of preventive care. Deductibles Don’t Work the … Read More

Covered California Offers To Help Consumers ‘Cross the Finish Line’ As Interest Surges Prior To the Final Weekend of Open Enrollment

Consumers Must Begin the Application Process by Midnight Sunday and Complete Enrollment by Saturday, Feb. 6 SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Due to a last-minute rush for health coverage, Covered California announced Friday that it would keep the doors open for consumers who start the application process but are unable to complete their enrollment by this Sunday. The announcement follows a surge … Read More

Over Half of Employers Could Trigger Health Plan Excise Tax

Nearly 60% of employers and other health plan sponsors say they will — unless they make changes — trigger the health care reform law excise tax on costly plans, according to a new survey. Under that Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act provision, which a growing number of lawmakers want to repeal, a 40% excise tax will be imposed, starting … Read More