An employee who, on or after July 1, 2015, works in California for 30 or more days within a year from the beginning of employment, is entitled to paid sick leave. Employees, including part-time and temporary employees, will earn at least one hour of paid leave for every 30 hours worked. Accrual begins on the first day of employment or July 1, 2015, whichever is later. Exceptions: Employees covered by qualifying collective bargaining agreements, In-Home Supportive Services providers, and certain employees of air carriers are not covered by this law An employer may limit the amount of paid sick leave an employee can use in
In a move that adds momentum to efforts to integrate immigrants, California is on the cusp of extending state-subsidized health care coverage to children from low-income families who are in the country illegally. Democrats, immigration groups and health care advocates celebrated the announcement as both a cost-saving move and social progress for the state’s estimated 2.5 million immigrants who are in the country illegally. Critics, however, worry that the overburdened state-funded health program can’t handle another 170,000 children. Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders announced a $115.4 billion budget agreement that for the first time includes state funding to cover low-income children under 19 regardless
Covered California and the Affordable Care Act are health reform initiatives meant to help Americans get access to quality and affordable medical benefits. One of the primary benefits of these initiatives is the ability to receive subsidies to help reduce the costs of monthly healthcare premiums. However, according California Healthline and a recent study by H&R Block, nearly two-thirds of taxpayers who received a subsidy on the Covered California exchange are now having to repay taxes to the federal government. Individuals who were granted too big of a subsidy had to repay about $729 on average compared to those who were given too little of
SHOP, also known as the Small Business Health Options Program, is getting a “rebrand” on the Covered California website. The new name of the program for small business will be called Covered California for Small Business. According to some officials, the naming and marketing of the program was not as straightforward as other programs. Therefore, they are hoping that this rebrand will market to a broader audience and entice more businesses to enroll in coverage. About 2,289 small businesses are currently enrolled in Covered California for Small Business. One of the primary benefits of a small business enrolling in a Covered California health plan is the tax credits.
About 7 out of 10 or 70% of Americans take prescription drugs, which is why the discussions surrounding prescription drug costs are so important. Covered California officials recently proposed a limit on drug costs for consumers who have specialty prescriptions and purchase a 2016 health plan.Their goal is to give these individuals accessible and affordable coverage for their prescriptions. The proposal would: Place certain drugs in pricing tiers Require health plans to publish pricing information about the prescriptions online Mandate that there must be at least one drug for a particular condition in a lower tier For example, this would mean that the cost of