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Covered California report gives green light to waiver to allow access to undocumented families

| Apr 7, 2016 | California

SACRAMENTO, CA--Today, the Covered California staff gave a green light to pursuing a federal waiver that will allow all Californians, regardless of immigration status, to be able to buy coverage with their own money through Covered California. Currently, undocumented immigrants are barred from using the state marketplace under the ACA...[ Read More ]

Health advocates ramp up efforts on Health 4 All Kids for Medi-Cal access

| Feb 11, 2016 | California

In May, all income-eligible children will be eligible for Medi-Cal regardless of immigration status. Families can sign up for limited-scope emergency Medi-Cal today, and be part of the process to get comprehensive coverage mid-May. Senator Lara introduces bill, SB997(Lara) to ensure smooth transition and continuity of care for 70,000 children...[ Read More ]

Health advocates support bill revamping health plan tax

| Feb 9, 2016 | California

Proposal prevents health cuts with extended and revamped managed care organization (MCO) tax, continuing federal funding stream with virtually no impact on health plan premiums SACRAMENTO—Yesterday, the California Legislature revealed its proposal to revamp the managed care organization (MCO) tax. In his state of the state address last month, Governor Jerry...[ Read More ]

New bill to inform Californians charged with an unreasonable premium

| Jan 27, 2016 | California

SACRAMENTO, CA – This week, legislation introduced by Senator Ed Hernandez, chair of the Senate Health Committee, would require individuals and small business owners to be notified if the premium for a plan they choose is “unreasonable” or “unjustified,” and be given the opportunity to shop for another plan as...[ Read More ]

Previewing the State of the State's healthcare costs

| Jan 21, 2016 | California

In advance of Governor Jerry Brown's State of the State address, Health Access California, the statewide health care consumer advocacy coalition, provides the state of the state of health care, reviewing the progress that has been made in California and the health care improvements yet to be achieved: "Californians should...[ Read More ]

California consumer groups call on Blue Shield President to abide by insurer's $140m commitment

| Dec 4, 2015 | California

Nonprofit Blue Shield is expected to make decision about its yearly charitable contribution to its Foundation at meeting this month. Consumer advocates urge Blue Shield’s President to increase its annual contribution to its Foundation by $14 million after growth through the approved merger with Care1st--as expected by regulators and the...[ Read More ]