April 7, 2014
Over the past week, proponents of the Affordable Care Act have touted the sheer numbers of those enrolling in health plans offered on both the federal and statewide exchanges, which nationally reached more than 7 million and in California reached over 1.2 million — both above stated goals.
By most accounts, the volume and the last-minute rush of people signing up as enrollment closed indicates a successful cap to a rocky and bitterly partisan start for the new law.
But as details of those who enroll become clearer in the coming weeks, insurance carriers and brokers will be closely watching the spread of risk, or whether or not enough younger, healthier individuals signed up to offset the older or sicker population, to keep rates down.
February 12, 2014
SACRAMENTO — Covered California on Wednesday said it is suspending online enrollment for the Small Business Health Options Program, or SHOP, as part of a redesign and improvements to the state health insurance exchange’s website.
February 3, 2014
SACRAMENTO — With just shy of two months before an extended enrollment season closes, many in the insurance world are closely watching enrollment figures for both Covered California, the state’s online health exchange under Obamacare, and outside of the exchange.
The exchange recently released enrollment figures through the end of December, noting that more than 500,000 individuals have signed up for health plans offered through Covered California. And preliminary numbers through Jan. 15 show a total of 625,000 enrollees, while another 584,000 were deemed eligible for coverage under the expanded Medi-Cal.
December 17, 2013
Officials overseeing California’s health insurance exchange on Tuesday released North Bay enrollment figures for October and November.
December 4, 2013
Amid political stalemate in the nation’s capital over funding of the Affordable Care Act, the state’s online health exchange established under the law, called Covered California, went live Oct. 1 after months of anticipation and preparation.
The exchange opened online for small businesses on Dec. 2.
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December 3, 2013
SACRAMENTO — After delaying the Small Business Health Options program for two months, Covered California yesterday announced the SHOP online market place is fully functional and ready to enroll small business owners into health plans.
November 25, 2013
While the political posturing surrounding the implementation of the Affordable Care Act continues unabated, the insurance market itself is pondering an array of potential new plan designs and policies in response to employers’ concerns on health plans. “A lot of your plans will look like an exchange solution,” said a North Bay business insurance broker. …
Sherry Rubin has joined the Wells Fargo Insurance Services office in Petaluma as an employee benefits sales executive. …
State Compensation Insurance Fund’s CEO and CFO resigned from the workers’ compensation carrier. …
November 21, 2013
SACRAMENTO — Covered California on Thursday said it would decline President Obama’s offer to let states continue to offer individual health policies that were terminated because they didn’t meet minimum requirements of the Affordable Care Act, joining a handful of states like Washington and Massachusetts in staying the course with its implementation of health care reform.
November 13, 2013
SACRAMENTO — Covered California today said more than 59,000 individuals to date have enrolled into health plans made available through the online insurance exchange established under the Affordable Care Act,with 30,830 in the first month and another 29,000 through Nov. 12.
October 8, 2013
SACRAMENTO — Covered California, the state’s online health exchange established under the federal Affordable Care Act, on Tuesday released details of its first full week, revealing a high level of web traffic while working out several glitches that beset health exchanges across the country.
October 1, 2013
Amid political stalemate in the nation’s capital over funding of the Affordable Care Act, the state’s online health exchange established under the law, called Covered California, went live Tuesday after months of anticipation and preparation.
But full SHOP rates that were supposed to be released were delayed for the time being, as efforts focused on enrollment of individuals.
September 30, 2013
With the start of what promises to be a historic enrollment season as 2014 health plans are rolled out in compliance with health care reform, brokers in the North Bay said scores of employers are resorting to early renewal, in an attempt to partially delay possible impacts of ObamaCare for at least a year.
September 30, 2013
An ambitious effort by some of the North Bay’s top employee benefit brokers to reduce health insurance costs for employers is being delayed by several months, the result of brokers being swamped with what is arguably the busiest open-enrollment season on record.
September 16, 2013
A series of changes in tax law are in effect this year, but may be relatively little-known — at least compared to last year, when the only certainty was uncertainty. …
Santa Rosa law firm O’Brien Watters & Davis recently announced that State Sen. Noreen Evans, who recently announced she would not seek another term, would return to the law firm as of counsel upon leaving the Senate. …
Starting this month, The Marin County Bar Association’s newsletter got a digital makeover. The Marin Lawyer is now being emailed, as the association studies new formats for delivery. …
Farella Braun + Martel, a law firm with offices in San Francisco and St. Helena, recently represented Clos Pegase Winery, Inc., and sole shareholder Jan Shrem in its sale to Vintage Wine Estates. …
California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones recently approved Covered California’s application for an insurance business entity license, as the online health benefits exchange that was established under the new federal health care law, or Obamacare, gets ready for enrollment season. …
September 9, 2013
As small businesses in California consider the purchase of employee health insurance through the newly formed California Health Benefits Exchange, experts in insurance and accounting in the North Bay said that the federal tax credits connected to the program are likely to be a key factor during the coming enrollment season.
August 1, 2013
Covered California, the state’s health plan marketplace or “exchange” established under the Affordable Care Act, today announced the commercial health plans and tentative rates available to small employers during the upcoming enrollment season.
July 3, 2013
The Obama Administration announcement that the mandate requiring employers with 50 or more workers to provide health insurance or pay a fine would be put off for a year was greeted by North Bay insurance brokers with a sense of relief and appreciation, and they said the extra time allows businesses to better plan for full implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
May 23, 2013
SACRAMENTO — Covered California, the state’s online health exchange established under the Affordable Care Act, today announced that 13 commercial health plans will take part in its individual marketplace, while introducing premiums that vary from region to region.
May 14, 2013
A Sonoma County-based nonprofit and several others with ties in the North Bay are among 48 organizations across the state to share in $37 million in outreach and education grants from Covered California, the state’s online health exchange developed under health care reform.
Petaluma-based Redwood Community Health Coalition received $830,000. Catholic Charities of California, which has a presence in Solano, Napa, Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino counties, received $859,000. California Rural Indian Health Board, which has a presence in Sonoma and Mendocino counties, was given $300,000. The California NAACP, which has locations in Sonoma and Solono counties, received $600,000 and the Asian Pacific American Legal Center in Solano County received $100,00.
April 22, 2013
Business owners, particularly in the wine industry that makes up a significant proportion of the North Coast economy, need to pay attention to major health care insurance, tax and estate law changes this year to avoid steep noncompliance penalties and mitigate significant tax increases, according to local tax-planning and insurance experts.
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