Expansion Of Short-Term Health Plans A Non-Starter In California

August 9th, 2018

The planned expansion of short-term health plans under a new Trump administration rule unveiled this week is on a crash course with a brick wall in California.

The Golden State’s Democrat-dominated legislature is close to banning such plans, which offer consumers lower premiums in exchange for skimpier benefits that do not meet the Affordable Care Act’s coverage requirements for other policies sold in the individual marketplace.

A bill that would prohibit the sale of short-term plans, by state Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina), has already passed the California Senate and is pending in the Assembly, where two committees have given it a green light.

“Trump’s team continues to do everything possible to destabilize our insurance market and compromise the health care of millions of Californians, but I won’t let that happen,” Hernandez said in a written statement. “This is why the California State Legislature must pass my measure, SB 910, which [...]

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The FBI says you should reboot your router as a precaution.

June 2nd, 2018

On Friday, May 29th, 2018, news came out that the FBI is recommending everyone reboot their routers as a precaution. It seems the agency had discovered a malware threat called VPNFilter, which has currently infected over half a million devices. Routers from Linksys, Netgear, Mikrotik, QNAP, and TP-Link are susceptible. However, simply rebooting the device will on disrupt the hacker’s malware for a short time – time that the FBI is hoping to capitalize on and identify more infected devices.

Linksys is recommending a factor reboot, firmware update, and a change of password.

Learn more on Cnet’s post on the topic here.

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Blue Shield of California and Stanford Health Have Signed a New Multi-Year Agreement

June 1st, 2018

June 1, 2018

Blue Shield of California and Stanford Health have signed a new multi-year agreement June 1, 2018 for Stanford Medical Center and its physicians and Affinity Medical Group, which had a potential termination date of July 1, 2018. This means that Stanford Medical Center and its physicians are again part of Blue Shield’s statewide network with no lapse as an in-network provider for contracted networks.

Blue Shield negotiates with providers with the goal of obtaining rates that help us keep healthcare coverage affordable. While we cannot provide details on the specifics of the contract with Stanford Health, we are pleased to be able to continue to give our members access to these providers.

If you have questions, please contact your account representative.

Communications

  • Letters to commercial HMO/POS members assigned to an Affinity Medical Group PCP will be [...]

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Stanford Health hospital contract terminates while negotiations continue

May 11th, 2018

Blue Shield of California and Stanford Health (Stanford) are engaged in discussions to renegotiate the terms of Stanford’s hospital agreement (HMO/PPO) for Stanford Medical Center/Stanford Healthcare-University Healthcare Alliance PPO professional services, Valleycare Medical Center, and Valley Memorial Hospital (LTC) serving Alameda and Santa Clara counties. Since we have not reached a new agreement, our contract for Stanford Medical Center/Stanford Healthcare-University Healthcare Alliance PPO professional services has expired, effective April 30, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. The contracts for Valleycare Medical Center, and Valley Memorial Hospital (LTC) remain in effect through May 31, 2018. Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital is not part of this contract termination. Members who have used Stanford Medical Center/Stanford Healthcare-University Healthcare Alliance PPO professional services in the last 12-month period will receive notification of this termination on May 4, 2018, providing them with alternate network facilities and advising [...]

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