Anthem Reaches Agreement With Sutter Health Network

Anthem Blue Cross Announces Multi-Year Agreement with Sutter Health

This week Anthem Blue Cross announced that it worked closely with Sutter Health and came to an agreement for a new multi-year contract that provides Anthem members with continued in-network access to Sutter facilities and with affiliated physicians through December 31, 2022.

This agreement means that Sutter Health will remain in the Anthem Blue Cross network, and CalCPA Health HMO, PPO and HSA members may access Sutter facilities and physicians. To learn more about this agreement, please visit Anthem’s site.

If you have any questions, call Banyan Administrators at (877) 480-7923 or email for more information.

The affordable care act – five years goes by so fast

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed more than five years ago. Never has a piece of federal legislation been in the controversy spotlight for this length of time.

Typically, new federal and state laws require some tweaking before, during or after they are implemented. Fix-it bills can clarify the original intentions of lawmakers, correct mistakes and make the legislation practical to implement. In the ACA’s circumstance, be-cause of the high level of animosity surrounding the law’s fundamentals, significant fixes are not politically feasible. Read more

The New ACA Employer Health Care Information Reporting Requirements by Gregory M. Burke, CPA, MS (Tax)

by Gregory M. Burke, CPA, MS (Tax)

The stated intent of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010 was to increase health care insurance coverage with respect to the millions of uninsured Americans and control runaway health care costs. As part of the effort to meet these goals, the ACA enacted interrelated subsidy, penalty, and information reporting provisions. This article will focus on the information reporting provisions impacting “applicable large employers” in 2015. Read more

Affordable or Unaffordable Care Act?

Four years after the passage of the Affordable care Act (ACA) there is still great debate on the law’s outcomes. How many uninsured will enroll? Will ACA create doctor shortages? Will death panels ration medical care? And the trillion dollar question: will the cost of health insurance go up, down or stay about the same?

Stay tuned to read the full article in the June issue of the CalCPA Magazine.

It’s 2014: What Happened to Your Health Care Coverage?

Ron Lang, CEO of the California Society of CPAs Group Insurance Trust, discusses how health care reform has changed the face of health care plans by covering the following topics: plan designs and pricing, network options, California Health Benefit Exchange, current and future regulatory changes and what we can expect for 2015. (Video taken at CalCPA Education Foundation’s Health Care Conference on 4/29/2014).

ObamaCare Displacement

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) drastically changes all the business rules and now many seem surprised at the displacement it is causing. Policy cancelations, and plan changes for 2014 are being widely reported in the individual and small group markets. While the ACA is providing access to coverage for folks with pre-existing conditions and premium subsidies to lower income levels; high percentages of the currently insured are being regulated into different benefit and rate structures. 

The ACA and California regulations that are primarily responsible for this displacement are: Read more

Health Care Reform Notifications

Health Care Reform