Affordable Care Act
Tax penalties kick in for uninsured this year
East County News Service
February 8, 2015 (San Diego) – February 15th is the deadline to sign up for health insurance this year under Covered California, the state’s exchange for purchasing insurance under the Affordable Care Act, which requires every American to have health insurance.
East County News Service
January 8, 2015 (Washington D.C.)--The House of Representatives voted today to strike down a portion of the Affordable Care Act’s healthcare mandate. The law requires that employers must provide healthcare for all employees working 30 hours a week or more.
By Miriam Raftery
October 13, 2014 (Sacramento)--Why did Covered California award $184 million in no-bid contracts – including millions to consulting companies with ties to executives on the Covered California board? For instance, $4.2 million went to the Tori Group, whose founder once worked with Covered California’s executive director, Peter Lee, and other contracts went to a subsidiary of a firm that Lee once led.
COUNCILMEMBER MARTI EMERALD AND FAMILIES OF VICTIMS WHO SUFFERED SERIOUS HEALTH ISSUES CALL FOR INTERPRETER SERVICES IN WAKE OF AFFORDABLE CARE ACT IMPLEMENTATION
June 9, 2014 (San Diego) — Flanked by the families of victims who have suffered serious health issues as a result of not having a medical interpreter, San Diego Councilmember Marti Emerald today called for support of state legislation that would increase the number of interpreters in medical settings to help ensure Californians with limited English receive safe, appropriate care and treatment.
By Nadin Abbott
May 19, 2012 (Lakeside)—The East County Cailfornia Republican Assembly and the Lakeside Tea Party sponsored a joint event tonight at the Veterans for Foreign Wars post in Lakeside. The event had three Congressional candidates for three different districts, the 50th, 52nd, and 53rd.
April 30, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)-- Our Health and Science Highlights provide cutting edge news that could impact your health and our future
- You Love The Cloud, But It May Not Be As Secure As You Think (NPR)
- How a lab accident could revolutionize energy storage (CS Monitor)
- Tech Giants Pony Up Cash To Help Prevent Another Heartbleed (NPR)
- Scientists reverse memory loss in mice with Alzheimer’s (France 24)
- A Measles Outbreak In The Philippines Travels To The U.S. (NPR)
- Mom's Diet Right Before Pregnancy Can Alter Baby's Genes (NPR)
- Saudi Mers death toll passes 100
- Obamacare deals blow to one-doctor medicine (U-T)
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Legislation Introduced to Boost Medi-Cal Reimbursements
Lori Abbott, California News Service
February 25, 2014 (Sacramento)--An effort is under way to restore funding cuts to the California Medicaid program, known as Medi-Cal. California has the lowest reimbursement rates in the nation, at just $18 a visit for primary care services - which makes it increasingly more difficult for people on Medicaid to find a doctor.
GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN LOOMS AS REPUBLICANS AIM TO LET FEDERAL SPENDING EXPIRE UNLESS HEALTHCARE REFORMS ARE REPEALED
By Alex Riggins
November 19, 2013 (Washington D.C.) -- Republicans in Congress are threatening to shut down the government if they don’t get what they want – the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare", defunded.
The House of Representatives will vote Friday on a bill to fund the government beyond the Sept. 30 budget deadline, but the bill would completely defund the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
August 8, 2013 (El Cajon) – Foreign-trained doctors, nurses and medical technicians may help fill the gap between the number of health care professionals working in the United States today and the larger number expected to be needed when the federal Affordable Care Act goes into effect on January 1, 2014.
Welcome Back Centers at Grossmont College and eight other locations around the United States help to coordinate local efforts to prepare the foreign medical professionals for their American licensing examinations.
By Dave Jones, California Insurance Commissioner
July 30, 2013 (San Diego) – In case you missed it, last week I recommended that Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Cross of California should be excluded from California's Small Business Health Benefits Exchange.
On July 1, Anthem will increase rates on small employers 7.2%, the third unreasonable rate increase imposed on small employers this year alone. The 12-month cumulative increase for these Anthem customers is 17.6%; had Anthem reduced its rate increase to a reasonable level as I requested, policyholders would have seen $37 million in savings.
Measure Ends Use of Preexisting Condition Exclusions, Excessive Rates
May 2, 2013 (Sacramento)--A bill by Senator Ed Hernandez, O.D. (D – West Covina), Chair of the Senate Health Committee, that would put in place for California the vital consumer protections and reforms included as part of the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA), cleared its final legislative hurdle this week and is on its way to the Governor for signature. The legislation, SB X1 2, was introduced as part of the special session on health care called for by Governor Brown during his State of the State Address in January.
By Lori Abbott, California News Service
March 10, 2013 (Sacramento) - One million more low-income and uninsured Californians are closer to getting health care. The state Assembly and Senate have passed key legislation that will expand California's Medi-Cal program and make it easier and faster to use.
Assembly Speaker John Perez says the bills are an important step to ensure those living below the poverty line have access to quality care. "People living at or below 138 percent of the federal poverty line," Perez says. "We're talking about people surviving on $15,400 a year or less."
September 24, 2012 (San Diego)—Many survivors of adolescent and young adult cancers avoid routine medical care because it’s too expensive, despite the fact that most have health insurance, an article published today in CANCER, a peer-reviewed publication of the American Cancer Society, reveals. That is the conclusion of a new study published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. The results indicate that expanding insurance coverage for young cancer survivors may be insufficient to safeguard their long-term health without efforts to reduce their medical cost burdens.
August 2, 2012 (Washington D.C.) Effective August 1, 47 million women across America have access to eight new prevention-related health care services without paying more out of their own pocket, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced yesterday.
The new benefits range from wellness checkups to domestic violence screenings, birth control, and free screenings for HIV (the AIDS virus), sexually-transmitted diseases, and gestational diabetes. The benefits are required to be covered free under many, though not all, healthcare plans.
By Miriam Raftery
July 5, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) –Among the least understood aspects of the Affordable Care Act are the benefits that it offers to nonprofit organizations. Smaller nonprofits have potential to reap benefits, along with their employees—without the potential penalties facing some for-profit employers.
East County Magazine contacted the new Health Law Guide for businesses site to ask how the law will impact nonprofit organizations. Here is the response that we received:
July 5, 2012 (San Diego) -- The federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, signed into law in 2010, will take full effect by 2014. In light of a recent Supreme Court decision ruling the law constitutional, you may wonder how the law will affect California's small businesses.
The new law does not require employers to provide health insurance for employees. However, there are both penalties for not meeting coverage requirements and tax incentives for small businesses that do. To help small businesses learn more about requirements and opportunities provided by the new law, some of California's leading business organizations have launched a website: healthlawguideforbusiness.org.
By Dave Jones, California Insurance Commissioner
June 4, 2012 (San Diego) The U.S. Health & Human Services Department has awarded $9,398,738 for healthcare in the communities of San Diego, Campo and Brawley.
“The Affordable Care Act invests in our community health centers and helps make healthcare accessible and affordable. Close to $10 million for healthcare locally means new jobs and the ability to serve more patients,” Congressman Bob Filner (D-San Diego) said, noting that since 2009, employment at community health centers nationwide has increased by 15 percent.
PRESIDENT MAINTAINS AFFORDABLE CARE ACT RULE EXPANDING COVERAGE FOR CONTRACEPTIVES, KEEPS RELIGIOUS EXEMPTION NARROW
January 22, 2012 (Washington D.C.) -- Despite pressure from the powerful U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops lobby, the White House announced today that the President would not call for an expansion of the religious exemption in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services'(HHS) proposed rule regarding contraceptive coverage without cost-sharing by female employees.