State Health Care Reform Implementation

The Leadership Group will work to shape national comprehensive health care reform implementation, with an emphasis on cost containment.  Leadership Group advocacy has included a visit with Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius to promote cost controls and better Medicaid rates for California. The organization has helped passage of health care reform implementation bills on the state level, including bills to set up an insurance exchange, making California the first state to draw billions in federal funds. The Leadership Group has also helped pass legislation, making it easier for consumers to understand and compare health plans.

 

The health care law seeks to extend insurance to millions of people, primarily by expanding Medicaid and providing federal subsidies to help lower and middle income Americans by private coverage while also eliminating unnecessary hurdles. Governor Brown has signed off on vital health legislation bills at the State level and the Silicon Valley Leadership Group will continue to support bills that improve access, quality, prevention, and cost containment.

Health Law Guide for Business

The Silicon Valley Leadership Group has partnered up with The California Endowment to help create the Health Law Guide for Business. This is a new tool for companies and small business owners to navigate new provisions under the federal health care law.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the new federal health law, is complex but applying it to your business doesn’t have to be. The Health Law Guide for Business is a new, easy-to-use tool designed to help navigate the law’s business provisions.

While there are many tools online, Health Law Guide for Business is a first-of-its-kind website tailored specifically for California’s business community.  A collaborative effort of California’s leading statewide and regional business organizations, Health Law Guide for Business is designed to offer only the facts and highlight information regarding the provisions that affect businesses most, freeing your time to focus on keeping your business profitable and growing.

Many of the law’s provisions provide cost savings for California businesses. These may positively impact your business, but only if you know how to take advantage of them. For example, we know that health happens with prevention, and the health law is providing benefits that encourage business owners to support the health of their employees and their families; including tax credits to offset the cost of health care insurance premiums for small businesses that offer coverage to their employees. This new tool is your guide through important information on the benefits you could receive, significant dates, deadlines, and requirements of the law.

Know your options, make informed decisions, and maximize your benefits. Visit http://www.healthlawguideforbusiness.org today to get started!

Also check out Emily Lam’s blog  at http://www.calendow.org/Article.aspx?id=6078

Twitter — @healthlawguide

YouTube —  http://www.youtube.com/healthlawguide

 

Obamacare Explained: A Guide for Californians  

This guide produced by KQED News and The California Report explains how the health law affects you, your family or your small business, here in California. It’s for people who already have insurance and people who don’t — but want to get it. It outlines the new health insurance options offered to Californians and show how to access them in a simple, understandable  and interactive way.

http://www.kqed.org/news/health/obamacare/obamacare-guide.jsp