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Senate To Unveil Healthcare Bill Thursday, June 22nd

US Senate Republicans plan to release their draft healthcare bill tomorrow and expect to vote on the bill next week once it has been scored by the CBO (Congressional Budget Office).  
While final details are being worked out, President Trump has asked the Senate to pass a more generous bill than the House bill (AHCA) which Trump referred to as "mean".  
Given the opposition of all Senate Democrats to repealing Obamacare, Republican leaders will need the support of at least 50 of the chamber's 52 Republicans to ensure passage.Vice President Mike Pence predicted that new healthcare legislation would be enacted this summer.
Read the full article from Reuters

I will be very curious to read the draft bill once released.
Dave www.davefluker.com



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Interactive Benchmark Exchange Premium Rates 2017

NASHP (National Academy for State Health Policy) and KFF (Kaiser Family Foundation) have provided a 2017 interactive premium map for exchange plans in 2017.  

This map is for Benchmark plans in each county for a 40-year-old individual.  The Benchmark is the second lowest cost silver plan.  Subsidy eligibility is based on the benchmark plan.

For California, cheapest premiums are in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.  San Diego and Central Valley are also on the lower end.  Central Coast, Sierra and northern counties are higher with highest being northern Central Coast including Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties.  

Several counties in western Arizona have the highest benchmark premiums at over $700 per month!  

http://www.nashp.org/health-insurance-marketplace-second-lowest-cost-silver-plan-by-county-2017/


Dave
www.davefluker.com



California Single Payer Reality - LA Times

The LA Times didn't mince words in their June 5th evaluation of California's Single Payer Healthy California Act (SB 562).

All that passed was authorization to keep yakking about it in dreamland.  Or you can look at it this way: A fantasy-driven single-payer healthcare concept was given the equivalent of a grade-school social promotion.
There is serious doubt that SB 562 will make it out of the Assembly... 

“This is the Senate kicking the can down the road to the Assembly and asking the Assembly to fill in all of the blanks,” Hueso said. “I don’t see this bill coming back from the Assembly. I think this bill will die in the Assembly.”
Anyway, even if the Legislature did manage to pass a bill, Gov. Jerry Brown probably would veto it. He’s very skeptical about the financing.
I guess we will have to wait and see how things unfold in the California Assembly.   In the meantime don't forget that the 2018 Open Enrollment Period has been shortened from 90 days to 45 days.  


Read LA Time…

Healthy California Act Passes State Senate, Moves To Assembly

SB 562, the Healthy California Act for single payer healthcare passed the California State Senate by a vote of 23-14.  

Next stop for the bill is the California State Assembly where it is expected to meet a more difficult path.  If the Assembly ammends the bill, it would have to go back to the Senate for approval before being sent to the Governor for signature or veto.

Voting for this bill was as follows...

Ayes: Allen, Atkins, Beall, Bradford, De León, Dodd, Galgiani, Hernandez, Hertzberg, Hill, Jackson, Lara, Leyva, McGuire, Mendoza, Mitchell, Monning, Newman, Portantino, Skinner, Stern, Wieckowski, Wiener

Noes: Anderson, Bates, Berryhill, Cannella, Fuller, Gaines, Glazer, Moorlach, Morrell, Nguyen, Nielsen, Stone, Vidak, Wilk

No Votes Recorded: Hueso, Pan, Roth

http://www.healthycaliforniaact.org/california-senate-says-yes-guaranteed-healthcare/


Dave
www.davefluker.com





Interactive TrumpCare Premium Increase Map

The Century Foundation has released an interactive premium map based on CBO projections if the AHCA (TrumpCare) were to become law.


On May 24, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA) would cause premiums in the individual market to rise by 20 percent next year.This rate hike may happen even if Congress fails to pass the AHCA. On his first day in office, President Trump signed an executive order to scale back Affordable Care Act (ACA) policies which could have a similar double-digit impact as the ACHA next year. 
The Century Foundation Interactive Map and Article


Dave
www.davefluker.com




Blue Shield Tops Covered CA Enrollments

California Healthline reports that Blue Shield of California has the highest share of enrollees in Covered California Health Benefits Exchange (Covered CA).

The data, from Covered California, show that Blue Shield had 389,480 enrollees in the exchange as of December 2016, about 31 percent of the market. Anthem was next with 310,690 members, for a 25 percent share. Kaiser Permanente was third with 297,030 exchange enrollees, or 24 percent. Health Net and Molina Healthcare were fourth and fifth, respectively.
I believe this, in part, may be due to Blue Shield offering the only state-wide PPO plan on the individual exchange market.  Anthem offers a PPO as well but it is limited to certain areas of the Central Valley and Central Coast. 

A new analysis, also released this month, shows that Covered California continues to have among the healthiest exchange enrollees in the nation — a designation Covered California officials hopes will tame premium increases.
Rates for 2018 plans have been filed…