Number of Uninsured Jumps for First Time Since 2009

September 10, 2019

The number of people in the U.S. without health insurance jumped by 2 million from 2017 to a total of 27.5 million in 2018, according to census data release Tuesday. It’s the first time the census survey reported an increase in those without insurance since 2009, before ObamaCare took effect and vastly expanded coverage. Read More

California Vaccine Bill Exemption Rules Agreed to by Newsom and Lawmakers

September 10, 2019

The author of a bill to clamp down on school vaccine exemptions agreed to scale back parts of it under a deal reached Friday with Gov. Gavin Newsom following a chaotic week of negotiations. But their pact was quickly met with fierce opposition from protesters who had hoped the governor’s apprehension signaled trouble for Senate Bill 276. Read More

Phishers Are Using the NAIC Logo to Hook Producers

September 10, 2019

Cyber criminals have come up with a new strategy for getting insurance agents and brokers to click on dangerous links: They convey the idea that they’re insurance industry insiders by referring both to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and to the NAIC’s Center for Insurance Policy and Research (CIPR). Read More

2019 MLR Rebate Update

September 10, 2019

Private insurance companies are expecting to pay out a record of at least $1.3 billion in rebates to consumers this fall based on their share of premium revenues devoted to health care expenses in recent years, surpassing the previous record high of $1.1 billion in 2012, according to a new KFF analysis. Read More

California Senate Passes Bill That Would Restrict Dialysis Profits

September 10, 2019

Despite 52 amendments added to the legislation just last week, the California Senate voted 21-19 on Sept. 9 to accept the changes and approve A.B. 290, a bill aimed at restricting dialysis provider profits in the state and limiting the use of third-party payers, like the American Kidney Fund. Read More