When Anthem Blue Cross pulls out of the individual market next year, about 60,000 Covered California enrollees, plus others who buy insurance outside of the exchange, will have only one health plan in their areas.
The state health insurance exchange made three multimillion-dollar decisions Thursday that were motivated by the lack of clarity from the federal government on key health policy issues.
In California, seven programs were promised five-year grants worth about $7.9 million annually to help teens avoid early parenthood. Now their funding — along with that of scores of similar projects nationally — has been shut off early.
The lawsuit is a civil rights case on behalf of Latinos, who comprise nearly half of the program’s enrollees. But the advocates who filed it also hope to get class action certification for all Medi-Cal enrollees.
The much anticipated score by the nonpartisan agency could make it more difficult for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to round up the 50 votes he needs to pass his plan to replace Obamacare.
Political leaders, medical providers and consumer advocates say the Senate bill, like its counterpart in the House, could put health care out of reach for millions of Golden State residents.
Critics say the bill, sponsored by Reps. David Valadao and Jeff Denham, is an effort to deflect attention from their support of the House GOP’s health care bill. But some say they are addressing a serious problem: California’s Medicaid rates are among the lowest in the nation.
The office of State Treasurer John Chiang said the money is an “emergency” response to federal health care cuts being proposed in Washington.
The controversial proposal was discarded in last-minute state budget negotiations. It would have extended benefits to undocumented immigrants from ages 19 to 26.
A forum for Asian immigrants in Oakland draws a crowd so large some attendees had to be seated in an overflow room. Many immigrants are eager for information relevant to them as changes to the health care system are debated in Washington.