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California hospitals release 2016 legislative priorities

| Feb 25, 2016 | California

The trade group for California's hospitals has released its legislative priorities, just after the February 19 deadline to submit new bills to the state Legislature. Nearly 1,100 bills were introduced, and the California Hospital Association named four bills that it opposes and two that it supports. The bills will be...[ Read More ]

Groups kick off campaign for coverage of California's undocumented children

| Feb 24, 2016 | California

Health advocates in California have launched an awareness campaign about a law going into effect May 1 that will extend health coverage to low-income children regardless of immigration status. The law, Health4All Kids, also known as SB 4, expands Medicaid (called Medi-Cal in the state) to low-income undocumented children under...[ Read More ]

Vote on MCO tax looming in the California legislature

| Feb 22, 2016 | California

The California state legislature could vote this week on a proposed tax on health insurance plans that would fund the Medicaid (called Medi-Cal) program to the tune of $1.27 billion annually. The managed care organization (MCO) tax would replace an existing one that doesn't meet standards set by the Obama...[ Read More ]

Covered California enrollment data, Blue Shield captures most new lives

| Feb 17, 2016 | California

A total of 1.57 million Californians signed up for coverage through the state's health insurance exchange during the latest enrollment period, including 439,000 first-timers, according to newly released figures. The third-annual enrollment season, which ended January 31, was a success in terms of participation, costs and the risk mix of...[ Read More ]