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California Healthline Thinking About An Association Health Plan? Read The Fine Print - If you own a restaurant, plumbing company or other small business, you may be intrigued by the expected expansion of association health plans under a new rule that got a stamp of approval from the Trump administration last week. Will they meet your needs? Save you money? Those are important questions for small businesses and self-employed people who struggle to buy affordable insurance for themselves and ...
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California Healthline Podcast: KHN’s ‘What The Health?’ Live from Aspen! - With President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress stymied in their efforts to change the nation’s health care system, individual states are wrangling with public ire over price and coverage. Two guests this week, Democratic Govs. John Hickenlooper of Colorado and Steve Bullock of Montana, have made health a priority in their states and are among the governors who have signed on to bipartisan efforts to shore up...
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California Healthline Administration Eases Way For Small Businesses To Buy Insurance In Bulk - Small employers will be able to band together more easily to buy health insurance under rules issued Tuesday by the Trump administration. But the change could raise premiums for plans sold through the Affordable Care Act’s online marketplaces, analysts say. The move loosens restrictions on so-called association health plans, allowing more businesses, including sole proprietors, to join forces to b...
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California Healthline Calif. Exchange Chief Sees No Rate Impact From Latest Trump Challenge To ACA - Covered California’s premiums are expected to rise significantly next year, but the head of the state’s insurance exchange said the Trump administration’s legal bid to dismantle protections for people with preexisting medical conditions will likely not contribute to the increases. Health plans will only be “pricing for the changes that they can absolutely see,” Peter Lee, executive director ...
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California Healthline Podcast: KHN’s ‘What The Health?’ California Here We Come -   Health care is a big political issue, but no place more than in California. In San Francisco last week, voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot measure upholding a ban on flavored tobacco products — over the vehement objections of the tobacco industry. And the state’s activist attorney general, Xavier Becerra, is leading a group of Democratic officials from more than a dozen states defending the Affordable C...
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California Healthline Administration Challenges ACA’s Preexisting Conditions Protection In Court - The Trump administration is refusing to defend key parts of the Affordable Care Act, essentially arguing that federal courts should find the health law’s protection for people with preexisting conditions unconstitutional. The federal lawsuit hinges on the ACA’s individual mandate, or the requirement to get health coverage or pay a penalty. The mandate has long been a sticking point for conserv...
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California Healthline California’s Attorney General Vows National Fight To Defend The ACA - California Attorney General Xavier Becerra pledged Friday to redouble his efforts as the Affordable Care Act’s leading defender, saying attacks by the Trump Administration threaten health care for millions of Americans. Becerra’s pledge came in response to an announcement from the administration Thursday that it would not defend key parts of the Affordable Care Act in court. The administration instea...
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California Healthline HHS To Allow Insurers’ Workaround On 2019 Prices - Federal officials will not block insurance companies from again using a workaround to cushion a steep rise in health premiums caused by President Donald Trump’s cancellation of a program established under the Affordable Care Act, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced Wednesday. The technique — called “silver loading” because it pushed price increases onto the silver-level plans in the ACA marketplaces...
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California Healthline Podcast: KHN’s ‘What The Health?’ Health Care Politics, Midterm Edition - The 2018 midterm elections were supposed to be a referendum on President Donald Trump, not about issues such as health care. Still, voters, Democrats and, to a lesser extent, Republicans seem to be keeping health care on the front burner. The news from Medicare’s trustees that its hospital trust fund is on shakier financial footing than it was last year, hefty premium increases being proposed in ...
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California Healthline A Hospital ER Charges An ‘After-Hours’ Fee. Who Has To Pay It? - Insuring Your Health Kaiser Health News contributing columnist Michelle Andrews writes the series Insuring Your Health, which explores health care coverage and costs. To contact Michelle with a question or comment, click here. This week, I responded to readers who were unhappy with their health plan’s decision not to pay an emergency department surcharge for after-hours care and concerned about difficulti...
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