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2017 California Rate Preview

Overall, rates for health plans in California’s individual market will have an average weighted increase of 13.2% for 2017. Blue Shield of California is having an overall increase of almost 20%! This is significant, but it amounts to a three-year average of 7 percent,...

2016 Fall Grants Awarded to Five JA Community Organizations

We are excited to announce the completion of our first grant cycle. The Board of the JA Community Foundation has approved grants to five nonprofit organizations serving Japanese American and Asian American communities throughout California. We would like to thank all...

2016 JACL National Convention- We’ll be there!

We are a proud sponsor of the 47th National JACL Convention, to be held July 11-14, 2016, at the Monte Carlo Hotel in Las Vegas. We will be attending the convention, and will have an exhibition booth on Tuesday 7/12 through Thursday 7/14 between 9am to 6pm. If you...

Understanding the Special Enrollment Period

You can buy health coverage outside of the open enrollment period when you have a qualifying life event—through a special enrollment period (SEP). However, the enrollment guidelines have been refined and it is not as easy as it used to be to enroll outside of open...

Delay Of New Health Law Forms May Confuse Some Taxpayers

Kaiser Health News reports that tax preparers say a delay in new Affordable Care Act (ACA) tax forms is causing confusion for some consumers. Some consumers may not receive form 1095 until shortly before the April 15 tax filing deadline because the IRS has pushed back...

Obama Administration To Limit Special Enrollments.

Bloomberg News Share to (1/19, Spalding) reports that the Obama Administration “will limit a process that allowed people to sign up for health insurance under Obamacare outside of the normal enrollment period, after health insurers complained that the special sign-up...

Blue Shield 2014 Provider Directory Settlement

The Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) announced a settlement with Blue Shield regarding its provider directories for 2014 Individual and Family Plans. Some Blue Shield members feel that they were led to believe that their provider was in their plans...