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Showing posts from February, 2017

Don't Have Health Care Anymore [Don't Get Around Much Anymore]

Rob Paravonian's humorous musical take on "repeal and replace".  You might be familiar with Rob from his "Pachelbel Rant" from some years ago.  

Rob Paravonian Official Website


Adiós, MRMIP?

California's MRMIP (Major Risk Medical Insurance Program) appears to be on the Governor's chopping block for the next fiscal year (2017-18).  

Colloquially referred to as "mister mip", the major risk program has been around for decades and has helped California residents who needed high risk coverage.  

"The Budget abolishes the Major Risk Medical Insurance Fund and proposes to transfer the fund balance to the newly established Health Care Services Plans Fines and Penalties Fund"
2017-18 Governor's Budget Highlights

MRMIP is discussed on pages 5 and 17


CA SB 562 (Lara & Atkins) Californians for a Healthy California Act

Following up on my post yesterday regarding Single Payer Healthcare Bill, here is the entire bill (SB 562).  It's a fairly short read.  

Introduced by Senators Lara and Atkins
February 17, 2017
An act relating to health care coverage.

SB 562, as introduced, Lara. Californians For A Healthy California Act.
Existing federal law, the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), enacted various health care coverage market reforms that took effect January 1, 2014. PPACA required each state, by January 1, 2014, to establish an American Health Benefit Exchange to facilitate the purchase of qualified health benefit plans by qualified individuals and qualified small employers. PPACA defines a “qualified health plan” as a plan that, among other requirements, provides an essential health benefits package. Existing state law creates the California Health Benefit Exchange, also known …

California Single Payer Healthcare System Bill Introduced (Lara)

Last Friday (2/17), California State Senator Ricardo Lara  (D-Bell Gardens) and Senator Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) introduced a Bill that would create a Single Payer healthcare system in California.

The Bill is in response to the Trump Administration's state goal of repealing and replacing the ACA (Affordable Care Act / ObamaCare) and would seek to cover all Californians including illegal immigrants.  

Lara said that although the federal Affordable Care Act expanded health coverage, medical care is still too expensive, even for those with insurance, and the law excludes immigrants in the country illegally. "We have reached a pivotal moment where there's a threat to healthcare," Lara said. "I felt it was important that we create a different narrative here in California."
I will update as more information becomes available. 

LA Times Article


U.S. District Court Blocks Anthem-Cigna Merger

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has granted a request from the Justice Department to block the proposed merger of Anthem and Cigna.  This merger would have created the largest insurer in the nation.  

Anthem intends to file notice of appeal and request an expedited hearing.

“Anthem is significantly disappointed by the decision as combining Anthem and Cigna would positively impact the health and well-being of millions of Americans - saving them more than $2 billion in medical costs annually,” said Joseph R. Swedish, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Anthem.""Anthem has been a leader in providing individuals with access to high quality, affordable healthcare. Our decision to acquire Cigna is grounded in our commitment to this goal and to leading our industry during this period of dynamic change "
Statement from California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones...

"Today's federal court decision to block the merger of two of the nation&#…

California Scraps SB 10

Recently reported, Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) has withdrawn SB 10, a bill that would have allowed undocumented immigrants to purchase health insurance on Covered CA (without subsidy) and undocumented children to enroll in no-cost Medi-Cal (California Medicaid).  

"I take Trump at his word that anyone is subject to deportation at any time, and California will not be part of a wasteful and inhumane campaign against immigrants who are working hard and playing by the rules," said Lara
Full Article from Health Leaders Media

SB 10 was signed into law by Gov. Brown in 2016.  It required a waiver from the Federal Government which was never granted.