“It’s unconscionable that such a basic, security 101 flaw could still exist at a major health care provider,” says one cybersecurity expert.
A state Senate panel considering the measure said money for existing public programs could cover half the cost. But the rest might have to come from new taxes — a serious political obstacle.
Covered California enrollees continue to be among the healthiest in the nation, which exchange officials hope will hold down rate hikes next year.
The health care industry thrives on ordering up tests and treatments, but some hospitals are urging restraint.
With limited federal subsidies under the GOP health care bill, experts say states like California and New York would be under pressure to cut costs. That could mean shrinking benefits and dropping the prohibition against charging sicker patients higher premiums.
CEO Paul Markovich said he opposes the Republican plan because it would allow insurers to once again discriminate against people with preexisting conditions. “We are better than that,” he said.
The California-based company, an important player in Medicaid managed care and across the Obamacare marketplaces, could prove an attractive target for larger insurers.
Health insurers must submit initial rates to California’s exchange on Monday, but confusion persists over core elements of the current health law.
The Trump administration has pledged to create jobs and shrink health care spending — almost a contradiction in a country where health care is a roaring engine of the economy.
The nonprofit Leapfrog Group shows nearly half of California hospitals got a grade of C, D or F in patient safety measures — an increase from two years ago.