Medicare/Medicaid Posts

Graham – Cassidy – Heller Bill Update

October 5, 2017

Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy said there will be changes to a proposal he wrote to overhaul the 2010 health law as he and fellow Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina try to win more support for the measure while other lawmakers focus on tax legislation. Read More

CaliforniaChoice 2018 Product Portfolio

October 3, 2017

CaliforniaChoice introduced its 2018 product portfolio today, which includes new benefit plan designs, rate and benefit parity with Kaiser Permanente, and a new health and lifestyle discount program for members. CaliforniaChoiceis an employee health insurance program available to small businesses and provides access multiple insurance carriers in a single program. Read More

Why Medi-Cal Enrollees Gain Coverage But Not Broad Access To Doctors

October 3, 2017

Medi-Cal enrollee Michael Gonzalez worked for months in 2015 to get to the Sutter specialists who ultimately treated his thyroid cancer, so he felt undermined this summer when Sutter Health announced that its primary-care doctors would no longer be serving 10,000 adult patients in Sacramento and Placer counties. Read More

CBO Projects Graham-Cassidy Would Reduce Spending And Coverage

September 26, 2017

Late in the day on September 25, 2017, the Congressional Budget Office and Joint Committee on Taxation staff released their report on the Graham-Cassidy bill. Their analysis was apparently of an earlier version of the bill than the one released on September 24, 2017, but the provisions described and analyzed in the CBO report are virtually the same. Read More

Word & Brown Signs New Kaiser Permanente Small Group Contract

September 19, 2017

The Word & Brown General Agency has signed a new General Agent contract with Kaiser Permanente, the nation’s largest integrated health system, based in California. The new agreement enables Word & Brown’s vast network of health insurance brokers to write Kaiser Permanente group health coverage for small businesses (1 – 100 employees) across California effective January 1, 2018. Read More