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The Wait is Over

Governor Brown Signs 90-Day Waiting Period Bill On Friday, August 15th, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law legislation that better aligns California’s health coverage waiting period requirements with federal law. In September 2012 the Governor signed AB 1083 that conformed California state law to the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act law. AB 1083…

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Aaron Spelling and Health Care Data…. What’s the Correlation???

Aaron Spelling made millions with the many television shows he produced from the 1960s to 2006. Shows like The Love Boat, Dynasty, Melrose Place and Beverly Hills, 90210 over almost five decades made Aaron his reported $500,000,000 net worth. Yet where does the money come from in producing television shows… it comes from the advertisements…

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Why Some States Owe Far More in MLR Rebates

Stacey Pogue, a senior policy analyst at the Center for Public Policy Priorities, said that states such as California and New York possibly “have a better system of regulation and oversight on insurance policies,” and that could account for their lower MLR refund price tag versus a state like Texas. The HHS has announced that…

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Safety Net Hospitals and Medicare Payment Changes

Safety Net Hospitals provide care for the low income, uninsured, and most vulnerable populations. They have an “open door” policy that offers care for all patients whether they have the ability to pay for the care they receive or not. Typically, these hospitals serve a large portion of Medicare, Medicaid (known as MediCal in California)…

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ACA Repeal Vote, AGAIN!!

The House of Representatives has voted again, for the 33rd time, to repeal President Obama’s healthcare law. My question to the House is this: what is your plan for healthcare if the ACA is repealed? How will you fix healthcare? We at BeaconPath are not happy about the policies in the ACA, however it is…

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Blue Shield of California for TRUE Healthcare Reform

I listened to a great presentation this morning on the cost of healthcare and new ideas on how to tackle the current unsustainable situation we find ourselves in. Many people out there see the medical carriers as the biggest villains of all, but I believe the carriers are actually working on our side; that being…

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Is Self-Funding Really Controversial?

I recently read an article in the Los Angeles Times, “Health Plans Draw Scrutiny of Regulators”, referring to self-funded plans as a “controversial form of health coverage”. Really? Self-funded plans have been around for decades, but until lately they have mostly been implemented by large companies. Controversial? I don’t believe so, just much more efficient…

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