“Today’s Republican House vote will rob 24 million Americans of health care coverage, which is tantamount to a death sentence for some patients who depend on coverage to manage serious and chronic medical conditions. The President and House Republicans have nothing to be proud of today as they work to take health care coverage away from millions of Americans who will be harmed by their actions.
Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones announced today that he has authorized health insurers filing rates with the Department of Insurance to file two sets of rates, in light of the market instability created by President Trump’s continued undermining of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
The misnamed “market stabilization” rules sabotage the Affordable Care Act by significantly reducing the open enrollment time period and creating other conflicts with state laws. Like President Trump’s threats to eliminate the cost-sharing subsidies, his new regulations will destabilize, rather than strengthen, the health insurance market.
The newly proposed amendments magnify the House GOP bill’s flaws by removing essential health benefits from health insurance coverage. After years of rallying against Obamacare and promising to repeal it, the GOP has concocted a proposal that is shortsighted, ill-conceived and dangerous to the health of people who need health insurance coverage and already have it today thanks to the Affordable Care Act.
According to House Republicans, apparently one of the major flaws of their bill is that it does not give massive tax breaks to the wealthy early enough. Accordingly, their amendment accelerates tax giveaways to the wealthy by a year. Most of the remaining amendments represent the GOP’s continued attack on Medicaid, the safety net that Americans have relied on for the past half-century.
The California Court of Appeal has rejected health insurers’ lawsuit against Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones challenging regulations he issued to protect consumers from unlawful cancellations of their health insurance. The Association of California Life and Health Insurers (ACLHIC) sued Commissioner Jones to invalidate his regulations that protect consumers from having their insurance unfairly terminated, claiming the commissioner lacked the authority to adopt them and that they were inconsistent with statute.
“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.
Chiropractor William Guenther, 69, of Granite Bay and former owner of Fort Sutter Chiropractic, was arraigned in Sacramento Superior Court today on eight felony counts of insurance fraud for his alleged role in a fraud scheme billing health and auto insurers for treatment services never provided.
It is the policy of my Administration to seek the prompt repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148), as amended (the “Act”). In the meantime, pending such repeal, it is imperative for the executive branch to ensure that the law is being efficiently implemented, take all actions consistent with law to minimize the unwarranted economic and regulatory burdens of the Act, and prepare to afford the States more flexibility and control to create a more free and open healthcare market.
The team determined with a high degree of confidence the identity of the attacker and concluded with a medium degree of confidence that the attacker was acting on behalf of a foreign government. Notably, the exam team also advised that previous attacks associated with this foreign government have not resulted in personal information being transferred to non-state actors.