Feds propose taking a page out of Covered California’s book and moving to a simplified health insurance marketplace.
Officials in Sacramento may have undercounted the number of kids who will be newly eligible for full Medi-Cal coverage starting in May — and that means their care could cost the state more than it has estimated.
Health law requirements that small employers offer insurance to full-time workers prompted some fast-food restaurants to convert more employees to part time. Now owners are rethinking that approach.
Total reaches nearly 1.57 million as share of young customers edges higher.
About 4 million people signed up for health coverage for the first time, reports the Health and Human Services Department.
The California Drug Price Relief Act would mandate that the state pay no more for prescription drugs than the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. David Gorn sat down with Rand Martin, Sacramento lobbyist for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which is sponsoring the ballot measure, and Kathy Fairbanks, campaign consultant for the committee opposing it.
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The authority of the Department of Managed Health Care in California’s dual-agency system has grown in recent years. The agency now regulates 88 percent of the commercial market.
Congress left it to states to determine whether private Medigap plans are sold to the more than 9 million disabled people younger than 65 who qualify for Medicare. The result: rules vary across the country.
“You could get one of these plans, pay the uninsured tax penalty and still pay less.”
Researchers say tests could be faster, cheaper, more accurate.
What will Medi-Cal look like 50 years from now? We asked health officials, policy experts and consumer advocates to predict what might happen to California’s program as Medicaid embarks on its second half century.
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