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California health exchange rates to increase 1.8% in 2022

SAN FRANCISCO — Individual insurance premiums on California‘s health exchange for the uninsured will go up 1.8% on average next year — a low increase credited to record enrollment and increased competition among health carriers, officials announced Wednesday. In the last year, nearly 250,000 people purchased insurance through Covered California, bringing its total enrollment to 1.6 million people. More than half of the newly enrolled signed up after April 12, when financial subsidies from President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan…

California Implements First-in-the-Nation Measures to Encourage State Employees and Health Care Workers to Get Vaccinated | California Governor

State employees and health care workers must show proof of vaccination or get tested regularly State encourages all local governments and businesses to adopt similar measures  SACRAMENTO – Today, the State of California is taking decisive action to combat the spread of COVID-19 and protect vulnerable communities – implementing a first-in-the-nation standard to require all state workers and workers in health care and high-risk congregate settings to either show proof of full vaccination or be tested at least once per…

Guest opinion: California reopened, and it’s time to return to health

Since the pandemic began more than one year ago, we have all been touched in one way or another by COVID-19. It has had an impact on every aspect of life as we know it. Routine activities were either postponed or eliminated due to fear of contracting the virus. Thankfully, through a combination of simple precautions such as masking, social distancing and a vaccine we can now access, fears of contracting COVID-19 have been reduced. While all of us need…

California parent groups sue Gavin Newsom, state health officials over classroom mask requirements

California Gov. Gavin Newsom and state health officials are facing lawsuits from two parent groups in over state plans to require students to wear masks in classrooms this fall, according to reports.  “Our kids have suffered for over a year and it’s time we put them at the forefront and give them some normalcy that they deserve,” Jonathan Zachreson, founder of Reopen California Schools, told FOX 40 of Sacramento.  His group’s lawsuit was filed Thursday in a San Diego court.…

California Breach Regulations Applicable to Health Care Facilities Align “Breach” Definition with HIPAA, Expand Reporting Obligations, and Clarify Penalty Structure

Thursday, July 22, 2021 California clinics, health facilities, home health agencies, and licensed hospices required to report breaches to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) under California’s Health and Safety Code Section 1280.15 (Section 1280.15) are now subject to a new set of regulations. Section 1280.15, which has been in effect for a number of years, requires certain licensed California health care facilities to “prevent unlawful or unauthorized access to, and use or disclosure” of medical information and report…

Anthem Blue Cross, Dignity Health ax California network agreement

Dignity Health and Anthem Blue Cross have terminated their California network agreement amid a dispute over payment rates. The two have been engaged in contract negotiations over the past several months and were unable to reach an agreement on payment by July 15. In a notice posted on its site, Anthem said Dignity’s prices are 30% higher than other California health systems. The provider charges commercial plans in excess of 300 times the Medicare rate in certain instances, Anthem said.…

Newsom promised big on California health care. Where do his bold plans stand now?

In summary Three of the California governor’s boldest health care promises — including affordable medications and universal health care — have made little progress so far. Early in his term, Gov. Gavin Newsom positioned himself as the governor who would champion health care. He vowed to target rising prescription drug costs and find a way for the state to pay for care for all Californians, a key campaign promise. He also set a goal of creating a blueprint to better…